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Welcome to the final issue of the IRF (Geneva) CROSSROADS Newsletter for 2019. It has indeed been a year rich of activities and this final newsletter proves it even more. We have an exceptional number of articles telling you about our journey over the past couple of months and providing you a little glimpse into what will come up in 2020. It’s that time of the year when we have the opportunity to say “Thank You”. Thank you to our members and our partners all over the world for working relentlessly with us to advance the sector’s agenda. Thank you to all our donors, sponsors, clients who together with our members’ contribution make IRF and our work possible. And thank you to the team in Geneva, in India and the rest of the world for all their efforts but most of all for putting their heart into their work, no matter the task. They all join me in in wishing you a very happy festive season and a wonderful new year!
Last but not least,Take a look at our new website being made possible thanks to the generous support of our member
International Consultants and Technocrats Private Limited (ICT).
Over the course of 2020, the website will be enriched with new info and knowledge resources. So, make sure you have it in your bookmarks! Also, IRF has now a Flickr account from where you will be able to access pictures from all our events and activities.
Good reading and we look forward to meeting you soon again!
IRF Director General
SaferAfrica wins prestigious Prince Michael of Kent Award
The consortium of the SaferAfrica project has received the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2019 for its work in Africa. The prize was handed over to the project coordinator, Prof Luca Persia, Director of the Research Centre for Transport and Logistics (CTL), La Sapienza University of Rome, Susanna Zammataro, Director General of the International Road Federation (IRF) and other members of the consortium in a special ceremony held at The Savoy in London on Tuesday 11 December in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent. Read More
Successful 3rd edition of the Sustainable Mobility Conference in Morocco
After the resounding success of the last two editions, the third edition of the International Conference on Sustainable Mobility took place on 26 November in Marrakech under the theme: “Road Transport and sustainable mobility for a sustainable future “. Organized by Moroccan Highways (ADM), the International Road Federation (IRF) and the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP) this edition brought together more than 200 national and international speakers, experts, operators, investors. Addressing the audience at the closing ceremony, H.E A. Amara, Minister of Transport of Morocco said “It is a real pride to note that this conference has become a must attend event (…) If this third Conference is the result of a deep understanding of the issues to be addressed, it is above all the consecration of a fruitful partnership of ADM with the IRF and the ASECAP.” Read More
SuM4All to focus on implementation of Global Roadmap of Action
The 55 Member organizations of SuM4All will gather in Washington DC on 15 January 2020 for the 8th Consortium Meetin. With the recent release of the Global Roadmap of Action toward Sustainable Mobility (GRA) and six policy papers, the initiative established solid foundations for acting and engaging with countries on a comprehensive policy agenda for sustainable mobility. “With the GRA we have finally and for the first time a clear vision that can be translated into immediate action. We look forward to working with countries and industry on a new and impactful pipeline of projects,” said Susanna Zammataro, Director General, International Road Federation (IRF) at the launch of the GRA. This consortium meeting will open a new chapter for the initiative, with a focus in 2020 on “the GRA in Action”. Sessions will cover financing for action in cities, an IRF-coordinated session on private sector commitments on road safety in the run up to the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, and a country perspective on the sustainability ambition in transport. Read More
IRF sessions and Stockholm Declaration for Sweden 2020 Ministerial
A public consultation open to everyone has been launched on the Stockholm Declaration that will be presented as the final outcome of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety to be hosted in Sweden on 19-20 February 2020. The Preliminary programme has now been released. IRF (Geneva) 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. On this, a dedicated session – and official pre-event to Sweden 2020 – will be hosted during the SuM4all meeting in Washington DC (see news above). IRF (Geneva) will be hosting also two more official side events in Stockholm on 20th February 2020. Read More
IRF in Bangkok for workshop on Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory
On 3-4 December 2019, around 70 representatives of Asian-Pacific governments, international road safety experts, key stakeholders, donors and other groups convened at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) headquarters in Bangkok to determine next steps for the development of the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO). IRF was represented by Julia Funk, Senior Programme Manager and Head of Statistics.
IRF to speak at MOVE 2020
The IRF is pleased to confirm its attendance to MOVE, a leading mobility event to be held in London on 11 and 12 February 2020.
MOVE brings together disruptors, their technology and their attitude with almost 5’000 stakeholders across all modes and disciplines to dialogue, to create insight and to promote collaboration. Susanna Zammataro, IRF Director General will be speaking on 11th Feb. on “Connected Road Infrastructure for a Sustainable Mobility”.
MOVE is the global stage for start-ups engineering the future, connecting them to the world’s most influential companies, investors and media.
IRF pleased to support successful ITS World Congress in Singapore
IRF (Geneva) is delighted to have contributed to the 26th ITS World Congress hosted in Singapore. This year’s Congress celebrated the achievements of the industry by recognising leading research and developments, and focusing on nurturing the next generation of leaders in ITS. Over the span of five days from 21 to 25 October, this year’s Congress brought together 90 countries and close to 14,500 participants in the ITS industry. A total of 321 exhibitors showcased the latest products and innovations as part of the Exhibition at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. Read More
Road Safety Management Course in Doha certifies a new group of engineers
A new group of 30 engineers and managers got certified at the end of the course on Road Safety Management which was co-organised by IRF (Geneva) and Qatar transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) in Doha in November. Animated by Martin Heath and Susanna Zammataro, this course is part of a series of courses on road safety being hosted at Qatar University. The dates and topics of 2020 courses will be soon announced.
IRF in motion at the PIARC World Congress in Abu Dhabi
PIARC hosted a very successful World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi last October. Several the IRF (Geneva) members presenting and exhibiting at the Congress. IRF (Geneva) organised and co-organised several sessions in the official programme including a premier event on road safety partnerships selected as official pre-event to Sweden 2020 Ministerial conference and a special session on gender jointly hosted with World Bank and the International Transport Forum.
Gulf Traffic 2019: Technology for Smarter Cities
The International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) was pleased to support the Gulf Traffic Exhibition & Conference held from 9th to 11th December 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE. Andrew Jenkins, ARUP and Daniel Kneubhül, Haenni were amongst the many IRF members present at the show. Read More
Mobilising partnerships in Senegal to improve road safety
IRF and the Global Alliance of road safety NGOs have hosted the final training of the LEARN project in Dakar, Senegal. Representatives from Ministries, Police forces, NGOs, private sector, and academia have taken part in a two-day training workshop designed to equip and mobilize different partners to join forces to improve road safety data in the country. The data training culminated in a joint concrete action plan to assess risks, improve conditions, and advocate for greater road safety around schools.Read More
TRB workshop on the Next Generation of Traffic Management Systems
TRB Freeway Operations Committee will be hosting a workshop on “Vision, Concepts and Capabilities for the next generation of Traffic Management Systems” to be hosted at the TRB Annual Meeting on Sunday 12 January 2020 at 9:00 AM. Transitioning to the next generation of TMSs will require agencies to make decisions to upgrade or replace the entire system, modify or replace components (e.g., software platform), technologies, and/or some or all of their field devices. To make these decisions, agencies will need a clear vision, a concept of operations, an understanding of the desired capabilities, and resources to be available to develop and support the next generation of their TMSs. This will also enable agencies to make informed decisions about what options to consider and priorities to place on different investments. Read More
Call for Presentations for the 48th ASECAP Days is now open
To be held in Brussels from June 29th to July 1st 2020, the 48th ASECAP Study & information days will focus on actions, commitments, contribution of the transport sector in dealing with mobility challenges to reach carbon free objectives set by the EU Green Deal. ASECAP’s Program Committee is issuing an Open Invitation for Presentations in order to attract presenters in the very wide field, Financing, innovation, digitalization of the infrastructure, C-ITS, emerging technologies for tolling, road safety, and all related mobility fields and activities to provide their contributions, share ideas that could be implemented to answer the challenges to reach carbon free objectives set by the EU Green Deal. Read More
Egis is a major international group in the construction engineering and mobility services sectors whose unique global service range encompasses infrastructure consulting, engineering and operation. Through our capacity for innovation, we respond to the climate emergency and to the greatest challenges of our time by offering solutions and acknowledged know-how in the areas of transportation and mobility, sustainable city construction, buildings, water, the environment and energy. .
Top Vision designs and develops advanced electronic LED systems since 1997. All its products are designed, developed and manufactured to meet the constantly changing needs of both the public and private sector. Key factor for the successful development of Top Vision is the customer-centric approach, high quality products and services, the specialized staff and the continuous investment in R&D to keep improving and expanding its product line.
Top Vision specializes in LED traffic signs and pictograms, VMS, VSLS, LCS, LED road signage trailers and other electronic systems. It also offers complete solutions, with specially designed software, such as Telematics Fleet Management, Passengers’ Information Systems (PIS) and Parking Management Systems and is also certified with ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004, and ISO 27001: 2005.
Lastly, Top Vision has undertaken and successfully executed major projects, along with taking part in European Operational Programs and various National Research Programs. www.topvision.gr
The «Hellenic Research and Educational Institute “Panos Mylonas” for the Road Safety, Prevention and Reduction of Traffic Accidents» (RSI “Panos Mylonas”) was established on May 12, 2005 after the tragic unfair death of Panos Mylonas in a car crash. RSI activities focus on education, research and the treatment of high risk sites increasing the safety of road infrastructure in Europe and the world, ensuring thus a high level of well-being. RSI “Panos Mylonas” is in Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOC), an affiliated member of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and has also been awarded by the European Parliament with the European Citizen’s Prize. www.ioas.gr
POLINDE Consulting Engineers provides a wide range of services with regards to transport, including traffic impact studies, transport modelling, road safety, highway design, traffic surveys, ITS, SUMPs and many more in a large number of countries predominantly in Europe and Middle East. The constant monitoring of international practices and technological developments, as well as the upgrading of knowledge and renewal of all necessary equipment, gives to POLINDE the capability to provide its customers integrated qualitative services. www.polinde.com
Lafarge Holcim is a global leader in building materials and solutions. LH operates four businesses segments: Cement, Aggregates, Ready-Mix Concrete and Solutions and Products. With leading positions in all regions of the world and a balanced portfolio between developing and mature markets, LafargeHolcim offers a broad range of high-quality building materials and solutions. LafargeHolcim experts solve the challenges that customers face around the world, whether they are building individual homes or major infrastructure projects. Demand for LafargeHolcim materials and solutions is driven by global population growth, urbanization, improved living standards and sustainable construction. Around 75,000 people work for the company in around 80 countries. www.lafargeholcim.com
7th Annual International Conference in Kosovo
With the theme “Mobility Challenges in Transport and Public Safety” the 7th Annual International Conference is organized by the College of Applied Technical Sciences “Tempulli” in collaboration with the Faculty of Public Safety, Kosovo Academy of Public Safety, and with the support of the Institute for Road Safety and Transport Research, Albanian Safety Academy and Kosovo Motorization Association AMRKS. To be held from 23 to 25 January 2020 at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety in Vushtrri, this conference, unlike the conferences of previous years, has a scientific character and aims to create a new platform for raising issues related to public safety, traffic, transport, road safety, logistics, mobility, environment and alternative energy. The call is open to all academics, researchers, teachers, experts and students of all technical sciences. Read More
SafetyCube Wins the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2019
SafetyCube (Safety CaUsation, Benefits and Efficiency) project has been awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2019 as recognition for its innovative open-access web-based Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS) that enables policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide. NTUA contributed actively at all phases of the SafetyCube project and was in charge of the development of the SafetyCube DSS.
Corridor 10 through Serbia completed
Newly-built sections of the eastern branch of the Corridor 10, from Prosek to Crvena Reka, were officially opened near the Bancarevo tunnel on Saturday, 9 November, 2019. The opening of newly-constructed sections of the eastern branch of Corridor 10 for traffic, from Prosek to Crvena reka, has marked the completion of the construction of Corridor 10 through Serbia.
University of Qatar visits Switzerland’s universities to discuss partnership opportunities
The University of Qatar led a Delegation to Switzerland to visit universities working on topics related to Transportation, Traffic Safety and Mobility. The objective of the visit was to discuss potential future collaboration among the respective institutions and the Qatar University’s Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC). Read More
Compact equipment for heavy loads
HAENNI Instruments, committed to provide the best solutions for the legal weight control, develops and manufactures portable wheel load scales making use of value engineering. Knowing that to perform the weight enforcement is itself a hard job, the engineers at the Swiss manufacturer aim to create robust and easy-to-handle products, to facilitate the patrol officers’ life. Read More
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.