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05 December 2011
IRF Congress: Innovation as Key to Future Mobility

05 December 2011
IRF Road Financing & Economics Committee convenes in Moscow

05 December 2011
IRF stages workshop on SPP & PPP at the 5th Africa Transportation Technology Transfer Conference

05 December 2011
South African Road Federation elects first Lady President for 2012/13

05 December 2011
Chinese Government invites IRF Chairman to 2nd ASEM Transport Ministers' Meeting

05 December 2011
IRF Board of Directors meet to plan the year ahead

05 December 2011
IRF helps chart next steps towards achieving the goals of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety

05 December 2011
The IRF co-organizes the 2nd African Road Safety Conference in Ethiopia


09 November 2011
Green rating systems for road infrastructure projects

09 November 2011
Proceedings of IRF Environment Study Day now available!

09 November 2011
Global Fuel Economy Initiative and Share the Road theme pages on gTKP

09 November 2011
Second meeting of the UNECE Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

09 November 2011
Review of the European Union Air Policy

09 November 2011
The new IRF Environment Committee holds its first meeting

09 November 2011
IRF and IISD join hands to boost Green Public Procurement


02 November 2011
IRF presents 5th Generation of Road at IBTTA Annual Meeting in Berlin

02 November 2011
IRF invited as Guest of Honour to the 5th Croatian Road Congress

02 November 2011
Mobilising Industry to advance the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety

02 November 2011
IRF Geneva’s Caroline Visser elected to IBEC as Junior Vice Chair

02 November 2011
IRF puts Intelligent Transport Systems on the agenda in Mexico

02 November 2011
IRF features prominently at 18th ITS World Congress, Orlando (US)

02 November 2011
36 International Engineering Companies Participate in a Road Infrastructure Event in Tel Aviv


11 October 2011
IRF stages successful IRF Study Day on GPP & Technology Advancements in the Road Sector

11 October 2011
IRF invited to represent its members in the UN Adaptation Private Sector Initiative (PSI)

11 October 2011
IRF voices members’ work and expectations at the UNECE Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

11 October 2011
IRF Geneva strengthens ties with PIARC during XXIV World Road Congress

11 October 2011
ITS Policy Committee representatives meet with senior European Commission officer

11 October 2011
Advocating for realistic Green Public Procurement criteria at the 3GF

11 October 2011
High-level hosting for the launch meetings of the IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety


17 August 2011
SARF Conference declares that integration and prevention are key in reducing road deaths in South Africa

17 August 2011
A unique opportunity to partner with local infrastructure design and engineering firms

17 August 2011
A warm welcome to the new IRF Road Safety Project Manager

16 August 2011
RA members to access IRF membership in landmark agreement

The IRF Geneva has negotiated a special agreement with Roads Australia that grants individual IRF membership to each of our members at no extra charge.

The deal means RA members will be able to access the considerable technical resources and research databases of the IRF.

16 August 2011
Highly promising response to launch of new IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety

01 July 2011
The individual at the centre of debate at the 2011 ITF Transport Forum

The International Transport Forum has underlined this year the importance of focusing transport policy on citizens and communities, all of whom are directly affected by the benefits and impacts of transport use. Ministers from the International Transport Forum’s 52 member countries, prominent business leaders, top academics and representatives of civil society have gathered in Leipzig, Germany from 25 to 27 May 2011 to debate the theme “Transport for Society”.

30 June 2011
IRF receives visit from Ghanaian delegation

Led by Nadia Balgobin, Ghana Project coordinator, Oshani Perera and Sam Colverson from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Ghanaian delegation visited IRF Geneva in May 2011.

21 June 2011
European Commission presents progress during 2nd annual ITS Congress

The European Commission held its 2nd ITS Conference in conjunction with the ITS in Europe congress on Monday 6 June in Lyon, France. The Conference was attended by some 200 representatives from European institutions and stakeholder organisations from the public and private sector.

21 June 2011
IRF and EasyWay explore opportunities to team up

On Tuesday 7 June, in the margins of the ITS in Europe congress in Lyon, IRF met with representatives of the EasyWay project to discuss possibilities for future collaboration.

20 June 2011
IRF Policy Committee Chair Josef Czako interviewed in Russia

This article contains a copy of an interview held by the Russian magazine LogLink on 16 May 2011 with Josef Czako, chairman of the IRF Policy Committee on ITS. A Russian version of the full article can be downloaded here.

20 June 2011
UNECE Stakeholder consultation on ITS

From March till end of May 2011, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held a stakeholder consultation on the future deployment of ITS. The consultation was based on a strategic note of the UNECE’s Transport Division, outlining the potential of ITS as the future to enhance mobility and to bring about a new culture for doing business, based on system performance and customer satisfaction.

26 May 2011
IRF presents Urban PPPs at Bulgarian key event on Sustainable Mobility in Urban Regions

Organised by the Bulgarian National Association of Municipalities, the Confederation of independent Syndicates of Bulgaria and the Independent Association of the Users in Bulgaria, a key conference was held in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on the topic of “Sustainable Development of New Transport and Green Technologies in Urban Regions” on Monday 16 May 2011.

26 May 2011
EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050

Following the successful completion of the “EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050” project, a follow-on project (dubbed EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050 II) has been commissioned by DG Climate Action of the European Commission.

25 May 2011
IRF sees launch of new Road Financing & Economics committee

On Monday 9 May 2011, IRF’s new Committee on Road Financing & Economics held its launch meeting in the wake of the Road Safety Symposium in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting saw interesting debate and a wide representation from both public and private sector parties, coming from developing as well as developed nations.

24 May 2011
Main Stakeholders in Transport Statistics meet in Paris

The Global Transport Intelligence (GTI) initiative is a joint initiative of organizations which are involved in the collection, analysis and dissemination of data on transport in the developing countries.

24 May 2011
Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in the UNECE Region.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) conference “Launching of the Decade of Action (2011-2010) for Road Safety in the UNECE region”, hosted by the Ministry of the Interior, Road Traffic Directorate, Ministry of Infrastructure and Road Traffic Safety Agency of Serbia took place on 27-29 April 2011 in Belgrade.

23 May 2011
Ambassadors activities report

This report covers the period January –December 2010 and January –May 2011 and prospective activities before the end of the year 2011. I am grateful for the support given during this time from Geneva particularly from Sibylle Rupprecht; Caroline Visser and Lydia Scotto who have been readily available to answer my queries and advice on issues that I have been communicating with them not forgetting my colleague Mr. Nk Sinha from India for his support during this time. Promotion of IRF was mainly done using existing forums which I have been involved organizing within the country.

26 April 2011
IRF speaks at the Preparatory Meeting of the 19th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum

The second preparatory meeting of the Economic and Environmental Forum - organized by Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in co-operation with the Lithuanian Chairmanship - was held in Druskininkai, Lithuania on 4 and 5 April 2011.

25 April 2011
UN Road Safety Collaboration Group meets in London

The 13th meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration met in London, UK from 11-13 April 2011. Over 70 stakeholders from all overof the world gathered to discuss the upcoming launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020). Concrete actions were discussed in the working groups to help achieve the objectives and goals of the Decade.

25 April 2011
First IRF Environment Study Day to be organized in Geneva

The concept of Green Public Procurement has been widely recognised in recent years as a useful tool for driving the market for greener products and services and reducing the environmental impacts of public authorities’ activities.

22 April 2011
UNECE Team of Specialists on PPP meets in Geneva

The International Road Federation’s presence at the Third Session of the UNECE Team of Specialists (ToS) on PPP was both rewarding and constructive. The 2-day Conference, held at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, was attended by IRF’s PPP expert Caroline Visser, and IRF Road Finance intern Paul Bossidy.

21 April 2011
Stockholm staged 5th working meeting of IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems

The IRF Policy committee on Intelligent Transport Systems met in Stockholm, Sweden, on 9 & 10 March for its 5th working meeting.

20 April 2011
Attending the 64th Biennial Session of the UN-ECE

The 64th Biennial Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe was held in Geneva from 29-31 March 2011. 

11 March 2011
IRF presents at the PIARC Seminar “Reducing Carbon Footprint in Road Construction” in New Delhi

The Indian Road Congress (IRC) and the World Road Association (PIARC) in association with IRF and AASHTO have jointly organized in New Delhi on 17-19 February an international seminar on “Reducing Carbon Footprint in Road Construction”.

10 March 2011
Inaugural World Congress and Exhibition on Infrastructure Asset Management

From 22 till 24 February the inaugural World Congress and Exhibition on Infrastructure Asset Management took place in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, under the patronage of Malaysia’s Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well Being, Dato’ Raja Nong Chik Dato; Raja Zainal Abidin. The Congress was hosted by the Institute for Infrastructure Asset Management (IIAM) from Albany, New York in the United States and PwmGroup Malaysia.

09 March 2011
CHANGER launch in India

The IRF India Chapter organized in Delhi on 15th February a major meeting to present CHANGER - the IRF Greenhouse Gas Calculator for Road Infrastructure - to Indian authorities and stakeholders.

02 February 2011
Partners on Low Carbon Transport meet

IRF, through the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP), is part of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport project. The SLoCaT Partnership works to improve the knowledge on sustainable low carbon transport, help develop better policies and catalyse the implementation thereof.

02 February 2011
Launch of IRF Environment Policy Statement in Geneva, Delhi and Washington

A landmark Environment Policy Statement was released by the International Road Federation on 24th January. The new Policy Statement reinforces IRF’s member resolve to be at the vanguard of efforts to further improve the environmental performance of the road sector. Three events organized respectively in Geneva, New Delhi and Washington D.C. marked the launch and offered the opportunity for a debate.

02 February 2011
Stakeholders meet to discuss improvement of institutional mechanisms for the collection, analysis and dissemination of transport data in developing countries

Transport data, especially reliable one, is vital for supporting transport policy-making as well as planning investments in transport. The need for improvement of transport data is especially felt in developing countries and there is a consensus among the key stakeholders that endeavours to improve transport data in developing countries should be part of a global effort.

02 February 2011
CHANGER launch in India

The IRF India Chapter is convening an event on 15th February in New Delhi to introduce CHANGER – the IRF GHG Calculator for road infrastructure. The event will be the occasion to illustrate the results obtained with the tool on five Indian projects.

01 February 2011
IRF presents views in joint UNECE/PPIAF/BSEC PPP capacity building event

From 15 to 17 December 2010 the Black Sea Economic Commission Head Quarters in Istanbul, Turkey, staged a joint event by UNECE, World Bank’s Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), BSEC and the International PPP Platform Turkey on capacity building in Public-Private Partnerships.

01 February 2011
Join the IRF Policy Committee on ITS in Stockholm on 9 & 10 March!

The IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is facilitating the exchange of experience of ITS experts from all over the world on the important role of ITS in achieving key transport policy objectives and on the latest progress in the development of ITS action plans and strategies.