IRF at the “International Conference on Road Safety and Mobility” in Abu Dhabi, UAE

IRF at the “International Conference on Road Safety and Mobility” in Abu Dhabi, UAE

IRF was delighted to join hands with the Emirati Traffic Safety Society (ETSS), the Arab Road Safety Organization (AROSO) and la Prévention Routière Internationale (PRI) for the traditional “International Conference on Road Safety and Mobility.” Focusing this year specifically on Pillar II of the Decade of Action the conference offered a great opportunity to exchange experiences from around the world.

Among the major themes adressed:

  • Improving the level of traffic safety
  • Traffic Engineering and traffic control elements and their role in improving the level of traffic safety
  • Planning and design
  • Laws, by-laws, instructions and regulations of road, transport, traffic ad traffic engineering
  • Capacity building and transfer of knowledge in safe infrastructure and rehabilitation, preparation and training of workers in the field of road engineering, transport, traffic and planning cities
  • Looking ahead for the development of traffic safety

Speaking at the opening ceremony, IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro, said: “It seems surprising that a few steps away from the end of the Decade of Action we still need to strongly re-commit to road safety. It seems surprising – and sometimes discouraging – to think that despite efforts at all levels we are still far away from our targets. It seems surprising that so much change has already happened and yet for a great majority of the people in this world, road safety still remains a pressing and daily threat to their lives.” She then reminded “the need to re-commit to road safety now more than ever as it iis needed and as we know that it is indeed achievable”.

During a later session, the Director General also gave a presentation about “Mainstreaming Road Safety into existing systems and policies” presenting also the knowledge and tools being developed together with colleagues of Pillar 2 of UNRSC and being currently hosted on the gTKP knowledge centre ( but also the work currently being carried out within the World Bank led Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All).

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Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.