Newsletter – March 2019

Newsletter – March 2019


Dear Readers,

Welcome to this second edition of the IRF (Geneva) newsletter. As we enter Spring, we are gearing up for a series of key events that will mark the transport calendar this year. We are pleased to announce that IRF will be hosting a major side event on the “Belt & Road” at the annual ITF Summit in Leipzig beside actively participating in other sessions being hosted at the Summit.

As the date of the Third Global Ministerial on Road Safety (Sweden2020) approaches, efforts to move forward the road safety agenda are multiplying. The next UN Road Safety Week in May will give to each and everyone the possibility to show leadership by speaking up for Road Safety. Help us spread the message. Now it is the time to speak up!

Finally, our thanks to TUMI for putting a spotlight on the outstanding women engaged in the transport sector. No more excuses for men-only panels. Now the transport community has a first list of highly qualified women transport experts!

This and a lot more in our newsletter.

Good reading.

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

IRF to host a high-level debate on The Belt & Road during the ITF Summit 2019

The 2019 ITF Summit which will be hosted in Leipzig (Germany) on 22-24 May has as theme “Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration” and will gather as usual top decision makers from the public and the private sector. IRF will be hosting together with China Highway and Transportation Society and the Black Sea Economic Commission (BSEC) a high-level debate on “The Belt & Road: Bridging the gaps for sustainable transport and growth in Eurasia”. This side event will take place on May 22nd from 11.00 to 12.30.
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Time to speak up for Road Safety!

The theme of the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week is “leadership for road safety.” The goal of the Week, which will be held from 6-12 May 2019, is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide. Resources to assist those who are planning activities and events to mark the Week, including logo and slogan, sign boards, template petition letters and pledge announcements, are now available. Make sure you speak up for road safety! 
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LEARN Project: Building capacity on data in Tanzania and Senegal

LEARN is a joint initiative of the International Road Federation (Geneva) and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety made possible thanks to the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme. The joint effort aims at enhancing the knowledge, skills and actions of a selected group of road safety professionals and stakeholders via hands-on trainings in two African countries: Tanzania and Senegal. Read More

IRF and ASECAP strengthen collaboration and sign an MoU in Brussels

The 12th ASECAP Annual Road Safety Conference organised at the European Parliament in Brussels on 18th March set the scene for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Road Federation (Geneva, Switzerland) and the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP) aiming at further strengthening the collaboration between the two organisations. Read More

Be Inspired by Remarkable Women in Transport

Released on 8th March at the occasion of the International Women’s day, TUMI’s publication puts a spotlight on the hundreds of highly- qualified women experts working in the transport sector. We are delighted to see IRF DG, Susanna Zammataro featured in this first compilation and we already look forward to the second edition! Read More

Movin’On: an international Summit on Sustainable Mobility

The 3rd Edition of the Movin’On Summit will take place on 4-6 June 2019 in Canada. Presented by the Movin’On Sustainable Mobility Fund with the support of Michelin and Michelin Foundation, the objective of this World Summit is to move from ambition to action. This year, the theme is “Solutions for multimodal ecosystems” such as Decarbonization and air quality, Multimodal urban transit and society, innovative technologies, goods transportation and multimodality and circular economy. 5000 participants are expected and the IRF is pleased to confirm its attendance to this important event.
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Advisory Board of FIA High Level Panel meets in Geneva

IRF was among the 35 plus road safety advisors and experts from the private sector, international organisations, financial and development institutions and NGOs gathering in Geneva on 4th March for the Advisory Board of the High-Level Panel on Road Safety. Purpose of the meeting was to discuss work plan for 2019 and ways to support the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.   Read More

IRF to host special sessions at the PIARC World Congress 2019

IRF is pleased to support and to actively participate in the PIARC World Congress to be hosted in Abu Dhabi on 6-10 October 2019. The theme of this must attend event for the road and transport community is “Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies” and will see participation from 120 countries. IRF is co-organising a special session on “Building Partnerships For Better Road Safety” together with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and a special session on “Transport Is Not Gender Neutral: From Increasing Mobility To Enhancing Employment” together with the World Bank.
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The Road Safety community to meet in Crete for the Global Alliance of NGOs’ meeting

The Sixth Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims will take place 9–13 April 2019, at the Avra Imperial Hotel, Chania, Greece. It will be the biggest gathering of road safety NGOs and stakeholders in 2019 and the most important event leading up to the end of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. IRF will be presenting at a workshop on data and on another one on partnerships. The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration group (UNRSC) will be meeting in the margins of the Global Meeting.Read More

IRF at the 13th Session of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (CICPPP)

IRF (Geneva) participated in the United Nations’ 13th Session of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (CICPPP) from 25th to 27th March 2019. Fruitful debates on innovation and competitiveness policies, as well as on the assessment of the sustainable development impact of innovation policies and PPP projects, ensued as government representatives, experts and NGOs from around the world shared their perspectives and experiences. Read More

IRF joins the Geneva Friends of Road Safety Network

Building on the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, the EU Delegation in Geneva has initiated an informal network “The Geneva Friends of Road Safety”. The network aims to raise awareness on the issue of road safety and to support increased action in the field, including through mobilising funding and increasing development cooperation. IRF was convened together with the other members of the network at the launch event hosted at the EU Delegation in Geneva on 25th March and kicking off an important week of work for the UN Global Forum on Traffic Safety. Read More

SWARCO Relaunches Website

A crucial project within SWARCO’s strategic marketing programs has culminated in the relaunch of the website. The new internet presence went live at the beginning of February and comes right in time for SWARCO’s anniversary year. During the past eighteen months SWARCO has defined a new Corporate Policy and Brand Strategy including a new claim: SWARCO | The Better Way. Every Day. The new site has been developed taking into account a user-friendly content management system, a fresh graphic look and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) aspects. A lot of progress has also been made in SWARCO’s Employer Branding activities, presenting the company as an attractive employer who is constantly looking for the best heads in the industry.
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Federating Motorway concessionaires in Greece

The recent (2017) completion of Greece’s new network of interurban toll motorways has enabled HELLASTRON to take on an active role, both domestically and internationally.  Read More



SWARCO’s leading idea is to improve quality of life by making the travel experience safer, quicker, more convenient and environmentally sound. For this purpose, the Austrian traffic technology corporation produces and provides a large range of products, systems, services, and turnkey solutions in road marking, urban and interurban traffic control, parking, and public transport. Cooperative systems, infrastructure-to-vehicle communication, electro mobility, and integrated software solutions for the Liveable City are latest fields in the group’s portfolio. The Group’s 3800 traffic experts are keen to shape together with all stakeholders the transition from conventional traffic management to value-added services fit for the traveller in the digital age.



Established in 2014, the “HELLENIC ASSOCIATION of TOLL ROAD NETWORK” known as “HELLASTRON” for short, counts among its Members all modern Motorways and Toll infrastructures in Greece, namely, eight (8) Agencies including Attica Tollway, the Rion-Antirrion Bridge, Egnatia Motorway, NeaOdos Motorway, Moreas Motorway, Aegean Motorway, Olympia Odos Motorway and Central Greece Motorway. “HELLASTRON” promotes national road safety through improving road transport, infrastructure and services offered to users.

The network, with a total length of 2,133 km, is arguably among the most advanced of its kind. Constructed to the highest technical specifications and claiming numerous pioneering contributions in the field of operation, it offers top road safety along with quality services, reliability and comfort in every trip.

The Association collaborates with State Authorities, the Greek Parliament and various scientific institutions and entities to help shape national transport and road safety policy. It also develops its own educational campaigns to increase public awareness and promote a widespread culture of road safety.

HELLASTRON is a member of ASECAP, the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures and IBTTA, the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association.

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

IRF, CHTS & BSEC Side Event at the 2019 ITF Summit
22 May 2019 – Leipzig, Germany

WTC 2019
13 – 16 June 2019 – Beijing, China

FIDIC – ASPAC Conference 2019
7 – 9 July 2019 – New Delhi, India

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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