Pleased to share with you this new edition of our newsletter after the summer break. We have started what promises to be a bustling autumn. We will be next week at the PIARC World Congress in Abu Dhabi with three IRF organised/co-organised sessions on 7 and 8 October respectively on road safety partnerships, on gender issues in transport and on road safety audits. Beside those sessions, you will find us speaking at the TRB-led sessions on connected and autonomous transport. Make sure you join us for these forward looking discussions!
We have important trainings scheduled for this autumn in Doha and in Senegal and more dates will be soon added given growing request. Mark the 26 of November in your calendar as we will be in Marrakech, Morocco for the 3rd edition of the Sustainable Mobility Conference. Building on the momentum generated by the UN Climate Action Summit and the upcoming Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety (Sweden 2020), we will convene high-level speakers to discuss future directions for our industry.
Now it’s the time to commit and to act and we at the IRF are proud to be involved and engaged in the ACT initiative launched at the UN Climate Action Summit and the new campaign from the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety #CommitToAct.
This and a lot more in our newsletter.
IRF President meets key partners in Geneva
IRF President Mr Bill Halkias was in Geneva early September for a series of meetings. These included a meeting with Mr Jean Todt, President of FIA and UN Special Envoy for Road Safety and Mr Yuwei Li, Director Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Road safety, automation and a lot more on the agenda of these discussions. Read More
IRF Signs MoU with University of Qatar
The Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) signed on 25 September a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Road Federation (IRF), Geneva (Switzerland) to further expand and consolidate collaboration and exchange of expertise particularly on traffic safety.
IRF to host session on Gender and session on Road Safety partnerships at PIARC WRC
Join IRF in Abu Dhabi at the PIARC World Congress for the Foresight Session 2 on “Building Partnerships for Better Road Safety” and for the Foresight Session 7 “Transport is not gender neutral: From increasing mobility to enhancing employment in the road sector” organised together with the World Bank and the International Transport Forum. Delighted to welcome Sweden State Secretary, the Minister of Transport of Colombia and other high-level speakers to FS 2 which has been selected as an official pre-event to the Third Global Ministerial on Road Safety (Sweden 2020). Read More
IRF ADM and ASECAP to host the 3rd Sustainable Mobility Conference
The International Road Federation (IRF) is pleased to co-organise together with Autoroute du Maroc (Moroccan Highways) and ASECAP (European Association of Tolllways Operators) the 3rd edition of the Sustainable Mobility Conference. This international event will take place on 26th November in Marrakech and will have as theme for this edition “Sustainable Road Transport and Mobility for a Sustainable Future”. Read More
Kenya: Mobilizing partnerships for better road safety data and action
IRF and the Global Alliance of road safety NGOs have hosted the first training of the LEARN project in Nairobi, Kenya. Representatives from national governments, NGOs, the private sector, and academia have been taking part in a two-day training workshop designed to equip and mobilize different partners to join forces to improve road safety data.
IRF joins ACT – Action for Climate Friendly Transport
On the occasion of the United Nations Secretary-General Climate Action Summit, for the first time, over 100 organisations have come together in a bold commitment to decarbonise transport. Action towards Climate-friendly Transport (ACT) is the largest global coalition aiming to catalyse transport as an enabler of sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. The coalition delivers on its goals by connecting innovative approaches with integrated long-term planning, accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles, creating a mass market for zero-emission freight vehicles and fostering global dialogue arenas with the private sector. IRF is proud to be actively involved through both SuM4All and Slocat partnerships.
IRF World Road Statistics 2019: Assessing the global road network, South Asian countries report highest road network density, whilst North Africa scores lowest as a region
Road Network data provided by the recently published IRF World Road Statistics 2019 reveals that South Asian countries report the highest road network density globally. Covering less than 4% of the global land area, South Asia retains almost 18% of the global road network, thus allowing it to record the highest regional road density of 1.41 km/km².
Future perspectives for Road Safety in Africa
The SaferAfrica project hosted its final conference in Tunis on 18th September to present and discuss results of three years of work and also to discuss future development opportunities for addressing effectively road safety in Africa. IRF DG, Susanna Zammataro animated the final roundtable bringing together key stakeholders engaged in the continent and internationally. Read More
China: Smart Transportation Technology and Practice
China Highway and Transportation Society and Zhejiang Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd (CICO) hosted on 31 August and 1 September the 1st International Symposium on Smart Transportation Technology and Practice. The IRF was represented by Mr Konstantinos Antiochos from Olympia Odos Operation company in Greece, who presented the evolution and status of C-ITS implementation in Europe. Read More
Work Zone Safety Course in Doha certifies a new group of engineers
A new group of 25 engineers got certified at the end of the course on work zone safety which was co-organised by IRF and Qatar transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) last week in Doha and animated by Miguel Angel Serrano Santos. This is the first of a series of courses on road safety. The next one is scheduled for 19-21 November 2019 and will focus on Road Safety Management.Read More
Safer Road Infrastructure discussed at UK Ministerial Conference
Tony Marshall, IRF board member and Arup’s Highways business leader, took part in a panel discussion on safer infrastructure at the Department for Transport’s International Road Safety Conference in London last week. The conference brought together ministers, road safety experts and private sector representatives from across the globe and focussed on topics including Vision Zero, the safe systems approach to road safety, as well as technology and innovation in road safety. Read More
Preliminary Programme for Sweden 2020 Ministerial released
Preparation of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which will be hosted in Sweden on 19-20 February 2020 is well advancing. The Preliminary programme has now been released. IRF will be organising and involved in several activities making the case in particular for private sector involvement which is instrumental in forging road safety partnerships that deliver. Two IRF official-pre-events will be hosted next week during PIARC World Congress (see news above). IRF and its members and partners will be showcasing some examples of successful partnerships in the lead up to and during the Swedish Ministerial. Read More
IRF at the UN for Traffic Safety and Automated Driving
In September, the 79th Session of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (17-20 September) and the 4th session of the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (24-27 September) took place at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. IRF was present to participate in the discussions around the changes needed to amend the Convention on Road Traffic (1968) in order to allow the use of autonomous vehicles and to understand the role that the road infrastructure would have, once autonomous vehicles are legally allowed to drive on public roads. Read More
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QTTSC is looking for an Assistant/Associate Research Professor in Transportation Engineering
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The Assembly will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young advocates, campaigners, and change-agents who are committed to combating road traffic injuries. The Assembly will explore road safety and crosscutting solutions to challenge the number one cause of death for youth (aged 15-29).
Zero is much more than a number!
Roads of Serbia has supported on 26 September 2019 the European Day Without A Road Death. The European Day Without A Road Death, namely the EDWARD project enters into the fourth year of implementation and the objective is to reach the target of zero road deaths at least for a day.
The Project has been initiated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and supported by the European Commission.
On 26 September, Roads of Serbia” has used variable message signs (VMS) along the Serbian motorways with warning road safety messages both in English and in Serbian. Learn more and watch the video here:
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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.