Newsletter – February 2019

Newsletter – February 2019


Dear Readers,

Welcome to the first issue of the IRF (Geneva) Newsletter for 2019. The year has started at full speed with an enriching and intense week in Washington for TRB, SuM4All and Transforming Transportation. The annual UNECE Inland Transport Committee hosted in Geneva end of February has set the tone for a year that will see the transport community focus attention on automation, technology and also road safety. With less than a year to the third Ministerial meeting on road safety to be hosted by Sweden, road safety is more than ever gaining momentum across the world. As a Federation we have always strongly believed in the power of partnerships. More than ever, we think that partnerships are the key way forward to deliver on the challenges the sector faces and that’s why we are investing a lot of our efforts in instigating, facilitating, supporting, coordinating partnerships at all levels. You will be able to read more about it in this newsletter and those to come.

Good reading and we look forward to working with many of you throughout the year!

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

IRF addresses automation in transport at UN Inland Transport Committee

Automation in transport was the theme of the high-level segment that opened the 81th session on the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva on 19th February. IRF was invited to share its view with the Ministers and 400 other representatives of governments and key transport stakeholders from over 70 countries present at the meeting. The HLS concluded with the adoption of a resolution on Enhancing Cooperation, Harmonisation and Integration in the Era of Transport Automation. Read More

The IRF Africa Board meets in Addis Ababa to discuss priority actions

Composed of members from prominent African Institutions, multilateral development banks, key regional and sub-regional Institutions and stakeholders, the IRF Africa Board gathered on 20th February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for its second meeting. On the agenda discussion on how to strengthen collaboration in Africa and identification of priority areas for action. 
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Course on Road Traffic Safety Management and ISO Certification – Register Now!

IRF will be hosting a Course on Road Traffic Safety Management and ISO Certification on 27 March 2019 in Geneva – Switzerland. The course introduces participants to Road Safety Management fundamentals and the ISO:39001:2012 Standard for Road Traffic Safety Management systems. Only 10 seats available. Registrations on first come first served basis. 
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Preparations well on the way for Sweden 2020 Ministerial Conference

The IRF is part of the High-Level Consultative Committee for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on road safety which will be hosted in Sweden 2020. The Theme of this third edition is “Achieving Global Goals 2030”. Led by Sweden and the WHO, experts from over 30 organisations met in Paris on 7th February to discuss focus and preliminary structure of the programme. Mattias Landgren (State Secretary for Infrastructure, Sweden), Etienne Krug (WHO), Lena Kling (Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden), Jean Todt (FIA President and UNSG Special Envoy for Road Safety) and Young Tae Kim (SG ITF) joined the conversation.
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IRF to host its GA during the 47th ASECAP Days

The 47th ASECAP (European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures) Study & Information Days will be held on 29 – 31 May 2019 in Costa Navarino, Greece. ASECAP has issued this year an “open invitation for presentations” and opened doors to presenters from the field of development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of motorways but also related mobility fields and activities. IRF will be present and also hosting its GA in the margins of ASECAP Days.

More information available here.

Registration now open for the Smart Traffic & Road Safety Summit in UAE

The International Road Federation is pleased to join hands with the White Paper Summits (WPS) and to support the Smart Traffic & Road Safety Summit to be held on 25 March 2019 at the Park Hyatt in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This event aspires to identify and analyse Smart Traffic and Road Safety challenges in UAE and the Middle East.   Read More

International Courses on Road Safety Management and Work Zone Safety

IRF, the Qatar Transportation & Traffic Safety Center and Qatar University are pleased to present two new International Courses on Traffic Safety in Work Zones (24 to 26 September 2019) and on Road Safety Management (19 to 21 November 2019). Both courses will be hosted in Doha, Qatar. There are limited seats available. Few opportunities for companies to support the courses through sponsorship.   Read More

Efficient Transport Solutions at the heart of the 38th Southern African Transport Conference (SATC 2019)

The International Road Federation is pleased to support – together with the South African Department of Transport and the American Transportation Research Board (TRB) – the 38th annual Southern African Transport Conference (SATC 2019) to be held from 8 to 11 July 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. This year’s conference is held under the theme “Disruptive Transport Technologies – Is South and southern Africa ready?” Read More

SuM4All releases video of Washington meeting and Annual Report

The Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) consortium held its annual meeting in Washington DC on 16 January. The Minister of Transport of Argentina and the Mayor of Quito were amongst the high-level policy-makers and global thought leaders invited to engage and share their insights on the proposed global roadmap of action. As a steering committee member of SuM4All, IRF was pleased to provide its contribution to the meeting and to the Annual Report just released .
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Total Foundation to launch a road safety coalition in Tanzania

Total Foundation strongly believes that partnerships are the key driver of success and long-term impact in the reduction of road accidents. Building on the current momentum that sees road safety high on the African and global agenda, Total Foundation is partnering up with other companies which have road safety at the heart of their activities, to jointly establish a new and innovative road safety coalition in Tanzania. IRF is supporting Total Foundation in this endeavour. Read More

IRF Young Professionals Programme gearing up

The IRF Young Professionals are gearing up for a new programme of exciting projects and activities. We encourage everyone fulfilling the requirements and interested in joining the IRF YP Programme to apply.
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Data diagnosis in EuroMed Countries

The EuroMed Transport Support Project has released the “Report on existing best practices, methods and tools for collection and processing reliable data, diagnosis of the current situation in EuroMed Partner counties and recommendations on the way forward”. The report is available in English and French.

A new SaferAfrica newsletter is out!

A new SaferAfrica newsletter is out! A new SaferAfrica Newsletter has been just released and made available on line on the SaferAfrica website. In this issue, focus on: African “ownership” of the African Road Safety Observatory, Role for NGOs, SaferAfrica Thematic Factsheets and new resources available, the African Road Safety Forum and a lot more. Read More

IRF India hosts conference on trauma care during Indian road safety week

The International Road Federation – India Chapter, in association with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and World Health Organisation and with support of Maruti Suzuki, ADB, FICCI and ASSOCHAM had organised a one-day Conference on “Trauma Care – a National Mission”, as part of the 30th Road Safety Week (February 4 – 10, 2019). Read More

Kenya Roads Board (KRB) is a statutory body established under the Kenya Roads Board Act No. 7 of 1999. The object and purpose for which KRB was established is to oversee the road network in Kenya, coordinate its rehabilitation, development and maintenance and to be the Principal advisor to the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Roads on all matters related thereto. This is done through administration of the Road Maintenance Fuel Levy (RMLF), annual collections that amount to about Kshs. 69 Million. KRB has an establishment of about 65 employees.

TOTAL receives the Jean Todt Road Safety Award

On January 30, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, received the Jean Todt Road Safety Award at the Festival Automobile International’s Grand Prize ceremony, in recognition of the Group’s actions to promote road safety.   Read More

São Paulo State Highway Authority wins the Evonik Road Safety Award 2018

For more than 50 years, Evonik – a world leader in specialty chemicals and the inventor of MMA cold plastic road markings – has been at the forefront in efforts to improve road safety and disseminate best practices in the field. On 18th December 2018, Evonik bestowed the 3rd edition of the “Evonik Road Safety Award” to the project “Assessment of more visible road markings – Roads in the state of São Paulo” from the State Highway Authority. This project aims at reducing the number of road accidents by implementing effective systems to evaluate the performance of safety elements applied on the roads.  Read More

The 6th International Conference on “Inspection, Audit and Importance of Intelligent Transport Systems”

Highly aware of the importance of Inspection, Audit and Intelligent Transport Systems, College Tempulli, AMRKS, Road Safety and Transport Research Institute, Kosovo Road Safety Forum with support from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport organized the 6th International Conference on “Inspection, Audit and importance of Intelligent Transport Systems” from 24 to 27 January 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo. Read More


Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)

The Australian Road Research Board is Australia’s key provider of road and transport research to governments, road agencies and academia on issues like driverless vehicle research, road safety and smart city design.

Smart Traffic & Road Safety Summit
25 March 2019 – Dubai, UAE

Course on Road Traffic Safety Management & ISO Certification
27 March 2019 – Geneva , Switzerland

IRF Special Session at Global Alliance of RS NGOs Summit
8 – 13 April 2019 – Chania, Greece

WTC 2019
13 – 16 June 2019 – Beijing, China

Southern African Transport Conference (SATC 2019)
08 – 11 July 2019 – Pretoria, South Africa

Course on Traffic Safety in Work Zones
24 – 26 September 2019 – Doha, Qatar

IRF Special Session at PIARC 26th World Road Congress
06 – 10 October 2019 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Course on Road Safety Management
19 – 21 November 2019 – Doha, Qatar

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