IRF News 2009
The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa has won the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for their innovation and achievement in improving road safety through their guideline document for the development of road safety master plans. The award was handed to officials of the Division at the annual luncheon held in London on 8 December 2009. Prince Michael of Kent is the patron of the RoadSafe Organisation, who recognises exceptional achievements and innovation in road safety internationally.
16 December 2009
Congratulations Hildon Vorster
The International Road Federation would like to extend its sincere congratulation to Mr. Hilton Vorster, in winning the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in London on 8 December 2009. Prince Michael of Kent is the patron of the RoadSafe organisation, who recognises exceptional achievements and innovation in road safety internationally.
IRF was represented at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety by Ms. Nathalie Pereira, the Road Safety Programme Manager, and Mr. Hilton Vorster, the Chairman of the IRF Safer Roads Working Group (SRWG). They were accompanied by a delegation composed of some of the Working Group's members.
This high-level meeting was attended by Ministers responsible for road safety from more than 70 countries, as well as leaders from international, regional, governmental and non-governmental organisations representing more than 140 countries.
01 December 2009
IRF Policy Committee on ITS meets in Moscow
The IRF Policy Committee on ITS held its latest meeting in Moscow on 20th November, 2009. The meeting was hosted by Leonid Kozlov of the International Congress of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs (ICIE), Russia.
The meeting was programmed to coincide with the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, as well as celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Russian Ministry of Transport, taking place in Moscow the same week. This enabled the prior organisation, on 19th November, of a successful roundtable discussion on "ITS and Road Safety" in the context of the Ministerial Conference.
Organised by the Syrian Ministry of Transport under the auspices of His Excellency the Prime Minister, the second International Road Conference was organised in Damascus from 10-12 November, 2009.
During the opening ceremony, H.E. Yarob Badr, the Syrian Transport Minister, highlighted the importance of the Conference as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with a view to empowering Road Transport Institutions to better confront key challenges in the domains of roads and traffic safety.
The Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales recently invited IRF's Director General, Sibylle Rupprecht, to make the opening keynote address at the 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference - the most important road safety conference in Australia.
The event was opened by the Australian Minister of Transport, the Hon. David Campbell MP. It attracted more than 500 delegates from across Australia and overseas, and high calibre papers were presented.
The 10th Transportation Congress was held from 27 September and 1 October 2009 in Istanbul. The object of this congress was to ensure that our country figures among the 10 most developed countries in the world by the 100th anniversary of our republic. The Transportation Congress looked at all means of transport, air, rail, maritime and road.
Finding sustainable and alternative ways to move about in urban areas -- such as "humanpowered mobility" like cycling and walking -- was the topic of a workshop held outside Praguefrom 24-25 September 2009. Cycling and walking are examples of environmentally-friendly modes of transport that contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions in cities, have a low impact on urban congestion and are a boost to human health. National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as increasingly attractive and viable modes of urban mobility.
23 October 2009
IRF Environment Working Group meets in Geneva
Under the chairmanship of Dimitris Mandalozis, of Attikes Diadromes S.A. (Greece), the IRF Environment Working Group met in Geneva on 5th October 2009 to review progress and latest developments.
A successful joint session on ITS Supporting Policy Objectives, held during the ITS World Congress in Stockholm (21st to 25th September, 2009), was the outcome of fruitful cooperation between IRF and the ERTICO-hosted Network of National ITS Associations.
IRF Geneva is proud to announce that its Road Finance and ITS Programme Manager, Caroline Visser, was elected to the Management Committee of the International Benefits, Evaluation and Costs (IBEC) Working Group during IBEC’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday 25th September in Stockholm, Sweden.
22 October 2009
IRF Policy Committee on ITS meets during ITS World Congress
The IRF Policy Committee on ITS held it's latest meeting in Stockholm on 23rd September, 2009.
The Committee was set up in 2008 to raise the profile of ITS among high-level decision makers and generally promote the deployment of ITS as a tool for achieving key transport policy objectives.
India's Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr. Kamal Nath on September 23, 2009 launched the National Campaign for "Reduction of Road Fatalities" a joint initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and International Roads Federation (IRF), a Washington and Geneva based worldwide organization for advocacy for development of safe roads with members from 90 countries across six continents, at jam packed centrally located Stein Auditorium of India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi.
02 October 2009
IRF makes official statement at the UNECE WP.1 Roundtable
The Inland Transport Committee, WP.1 on Road Traffic Safety met at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, 22 – 25 September, 2009. In the agenda was included a Roundtable interactive day "Are we victims of development successes?" where delegates and experts debated on the issue that fatality rates due to road traffic crashes continue to rise despite the many actions that are already undertaken in the past few years to eliminate this epidemic. The discussion focused on four major aspects of improved road traffic safety: infrastructure development, safer vehicles, behavior, and enforcement.
18 September 2009
IRF makes keynote contribution to World Climate Conference
"Climate prediction and information for decision-making" was the theme of the World Climate Conference - 3 (WCC-3) held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31st August to 4th September, 2009. The Conference, which brought together more than 2,000 international climate scientists, sectoral experts and decision-makers, notably established a comprehensive Global Framework for Climate Services “to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services."
18 September 2009
IRF PPP working group meets in Geneva
Under the chairmanship of Michel Démarre, of the French National Federation of Public Works (FNTP), the IRF Working Group on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) met recently in Geneva to review progress and latest developments. The main theme of the working group is currently PPPs for Urban Road Networks. A series of case studies have been developed around this topic, and the working group is now gearing up to assess the results and publish its main findings, conclusions and follow up questions.
18 September 2009
IRF's Road Safety manager, Nathalie Pereira, participated in this seminar, which was organised by the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) on 2nd September in the Swiss capital, Berne.
Given alarming statistics that almost half of the casualties on Swiss roads end in fatalities, TCS is redoubling its efforts to improve the country’s road safety record.
18 September 2009
4th African Transportation Technology Transfer Conference
This conference was hosted by the Roads Authority of Namibia, in partnership with the Association of Southern African National Roads Agencies and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). The United States Department of Transport, the US Federal Transit Association and the Federal Highway Administration also supported the event, which was convened in Windhoek, Namibia, from 31st August to 4th September, 2009.
The theme for this year's annual ITS World Congress is "Intelligent Transport Systems in daily life", demonstrating the presence and importance of ITS in everyday mobility. ITS is the link between travellers, vehicles and infrastructure and can bring significant benefits to society.
IRF Geneva will be present at the World Congress with two key events:
Sustainable transport was the theme of this year's South African Transport Conference (SATC) held in association with the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academies. Around 600 delegates active in the transport sector came together at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 6-9 July for the 28th edition of SATC.
The Verbier Green Pioneering Summit (GPS) was held on 2nd August 2009
in Verbier, a well-known mountain and ski resort in Switzerland.
Against this idyllic setting, high level experts gathered to discuss ways of re-establishing the vital equilibrium between economic, social and environmental values, with a special focus on communities.
07 July 2009
Visiting an IRF Member
Sibylle Rupprecht, attending the UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting, hosted by UNESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand, took the opportunity to visit the IRF member, Road Association of Thailand (RATH).
07 July 2009
10th UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting
Sibylle Rupprecht attended the 10th UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting hosted by UNESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand. IRF is one of the core partners of the collaboration group and within this group chairs the Working Group on Infrastructure.
IRF was invited to make a presentation at the workshop for setting regional and national road traffic casualty reduction targets held in Minsk, Republic of Belarus, on 12-14 May. This workshop,organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Belarus, was the first of a series of workshops on target setting funded by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA).
25 June 2009
Global Road Safety Partnership 10th Annual Meeting
IRF was one of the participants present at GRSP's 10 year Anniversary meeting. Among the present participants were public health officials, civil society groups, industry leaders and road safety specialist from around the globe. The event took place at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies headquarters in Geneva.
During the International Transport Forum, held in Leipzig, Germany, from 25th to 29th May, Caroline Visser from IRF Geneva took part as a panellist in a high-level workshop on Strategic Transport Infrastructure Planning & Financing. Moderated by Lord Gus MacDonald, former UK Transport Minister and current chairman of Macquarie Capital (Europe), the workshop panellists discussed how to stimulate the economy through transport investments, the role of economic appraisal in prioritising investments and the respective roles of public finance, private finance and public private partnerships (PPP). The objective of the workshop was to formulate key messages for the Ministerial Session taking place a day later on Thursday 28th May.
The International Road Federation and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) hosted a highly successful international Senior Road Executive Programme from 21st to 23rd May, 2009. The seminar gave participants a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experience, as well as enhance their technical, managerial and policy-making skills. In this respect, the course was designed to equip them with a solid grounding from which to implement improved road management and finance techniques, once back in their own countries.
Around the theme "Transport for a Global Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Downturn", the 2009 International Transport Forum (ITF), was convened this year in Leipzig, in the presence of 52 government Ministers and top business leaders from around the world. The International Road Federation (IRF) was actively involved in the debates (see report below by Caroline Visser on one of the panel discussions), and also prominently represented throughout the forum from its information booth.
The IRF was cordially invited to take part in the working group meeting held at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey from 12-13 February 2009. This meeting was attended by delegates representing BSEC member states, NGO’s and International Organizations. The Working Group on Transport meeting was chaired by the representative of the Republic of Armenia, who holds currently the presidency of the BSEC, and addressed by the Secretary General of BSEC PERMIS.
In an effort to reduce accidents on UAE roads, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Road Federation (IRF) supported by 3M, held two targeted seminars on conspicuity marking in the UAE with the objective of helping authorities reduce accidents involving heavy vehicles.
18 May 2009
IRF Man of the Year 2008
Alain Dupont began his career over 40 years ago as a young engineer with SCREG, today part of the Colas Group. In 1987, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colas Group. Under his leadership, Colas grew and thrived. The Group became an industry leader in high safety standards and undertook groundbreaking research into environmentally friendly construction materials. Similarly, it pioneered the assessment of CO2 emissions from road construction projects using a GHG calculator.
11 May 2009
IRF features at the China Road Summit 2009
Organised in Shanghai on 6 and 7 May 2009, this year edition of the China Road Summit was attended by executives from Chinese and international companies active in the road infrastructure sector as well as government representatives. The event was opened up by Susanna Zammataro, Deputy Director General IRF Geneva. This was an opportunity to illustrate IRF mission and activities, to introduce to the audience the gTKP project (www.gtkp.com) run by the IRF since March 2009 and to focus in particular on IRF activities in the field of environment. The greenhouse gas calculator for road infrastructure projects developed by the IRF raised great interest from Chinese authorities.
23 April 2009
IRF Geneva General Assembly 2009
On 23rd April 2009, IRF Geneva held its annual General Assembly/Board of Directors meeting in Paris, France. In the beautiful boardroom of the FNT (Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics), and against the spectacular backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, the General Assembly reviewed activities undertaken in 2008 and commended the actions planned for 2009.
On 12 March 2009, the members of IRF’s Working Group on Public Private Partnerships met just outside Paris in the new offices of SANEF, a French motorway concessionaire and affiliate of Abertis.
On Thursday 2nd April 2009, the IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) gathered in Geneva for an inaugural meeting, further to its establishment during the ITS World Congress in New York last November. The Policy Committee is made up of high-level experts in ITS and brings together IRF members, national & supranational governments, regional and national ITS associations, research institutes and private sector businesses active in ITS. The objective of the Committee is to foster the development and implementation of ITS by promoting its integration in transport policies as a major tool to make roads safer, make them flow better and improve their environmental performance.
31 March 2009
News from IRF India
Mr K K Kapila, Vice Chairman-IRF and Chairman-IRF India Chapter and Mr N K Sinha, IRF India Ambassador were invited by Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor (L.G.) of Delhi to the Governing Body meeting of Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) held on 20th March 2009.
24 February 2009
Current economic situation: PPP financing in dire straits?
On 18 and 19 February SMi organized a two-day seminar in London, UK, around the theme Financing Options for PPP/PFI. The seminar brought together participants from both the public and private sectors and looked specifically into current and future options for PPP financing.