Newsletter – May 2021

Newsletter – May 2021


Dear Reader,

Welcome to this new edition of CROSSROADS, the IRF newsletter. We look back at very successful UN Global Road Safety Week organized around the theme “Streets for Life”. We have all collectively been campaigning for safer and healthier streets by calling for a 30Km/h speed limit where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix. With the IRF open Letter in support of the campaign, we have been calling for action on 4 specific points because innovation means also building roads that meet the needs of all road users. 

Innovation is at the core of the Movin’On Summit that has kicked off this week and that IRF is happy to support as a partner. Together with Essilor, IRF is launching – within the Movin’On ecosystem  – a new community of interest on “Designing streets for safe, inclusive and sustainable mobility”. Join us if you want to build together concrete, hands-on solutions.  

At the IRF, we believe that systems should be built around people. We initiate, enhance and foster partnerships that enable exactly that: enable systems that provide access and sustainable mobility for all. 

Read how we are doing that in this new edition. 

Best wishes 

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

The FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest & IRF’s new Start-Up Label join forces

The IRF and its new Start-Up Label will collaborate with the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest to identify and support start-ups with high impact potential in order to accelerate innovation in the mobility sector across the world.  

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IRF Open Letter in support of UN Global Road Safety Week

The week of 17th to 23rd of May marked the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week and the kick-off of a new Decade of Action for Road Safety. This is the global moment to amplify ongoing campaigning efforts, to secure political commitment and drive change for low-speed communities. Read IRF’s Open Letter in support of this year’s campaign #Love30 #StreetsforLife.

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Delivering impact via private sector road safety coalitions

The TOTAL Foundation and the IRF have entered into a partnership aiming at establishing private sector road safety coalitions in a number of countries around the world. The objective: federate private sector stakeholders to work together, in close collaboration with international institutions, NGOs, and local authorities.   

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Digitalisation of road infastructure: delivering circular economy today

IRF welcomed EU Transport Commissioner, Adena Valean and representatives from EIB, ADB, IBM, Holcim, Highways England for a special session hosted at the ITF Summit on the impact of digitalisation and new technologies in the road sector. How do capabilities and processes need to evolve or be changed to make infrastructure delivery systems more effective? 

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Mapping out Africa’s response to COVID-19 impacts on transport & mobility: report findings

The final results of the HVT project on the impact of the COVID-19 response on transport and mobility in seven countries in Africa were presented on 27 May at a webinar hosted by the IRF and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. The recording and presentations are now available.

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IRF contributes to the ASECAP Webinar on C-ITS Manifesto

“C-ITS, a key enabler of Europe’s future digital objective to fulfill EU safe and carbon free mobility vission and targets” was the focus of a webinar hosted by ASECAP on 25 May to present its C-TIS Manifesto. EU officials from the Commission and the Parliament, IRF’s President Mr. Bill M. Halkias, and other key stakeholders discussed ways to enhance C-ITS deployment to foster green, safe and innovative transport.

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Inspire, Connect, Act: the Movin’On Summit kicks off this week

IRF is a proud partner of the Movin’on Summit. Join us for this 4-day phygital experience from the 1st to the 4th of June and engage with mobility stakeholders in collective action on concrete solutions for more mobility with less impact.  IRF will be actively contributing to different sessions including the announcement of a new community of interest on Safe and Healthy Streets and a high-level panel on 4th June on infrastructure deployment.

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Sustainable Electric Mobility: building blocks and policy recommendations

Can electric mobility transform mobility and help countries achieve sustainable development objectives and decarbonization goals? What will it take to get it right? Part of a comprehensive effort undertaken by the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative, this report focuses on policy enablers to e-powered mobility solutions.

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New launch: bridging the gap between transport and energy to achieve sustainable mobility

Under the Sustainable Mobility for All (Sum4All) umbrella, a panel of experts will discuss during a webinar to be hosted on 16 June how a new Digital Toolkit for Energy and Mobility acts as a multiplier of some of the best practices to achieve energy efficiency in transport through the lens of three policies. 

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World Bank and UN Women launch course on managing gender equality in transportation 

The course highlights the importance of approaching transport through a gender lens, and proposes practical solutions for enhancing inclusion and equality across the sector, balancing “why” questions with operational “how” questions.

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EU-funded FRONTIER Project kicks off

The EU-funded FRONTIER project, launched on 1 May 2021, promises to bring driverless cars, cutting-edge traffic management and reduced transport emissions to Europe’s citizens. The IRF along 18 high-profile partners will work together to empower a seamless transition to a new era in transport management.

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IRF at Ecomotion Week 2021 – 18-20 May

IRF took centre stage at the Ecomotion Week. An exclusive workshop was led and moderated by IRF’s President Mr. Bill M. Halkias on the challenges in the domain of traffic management. IRF was also presenting a panel focusing on “Redefining roads”. Recording and presentations are now available

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Increasing the Road Safety Impact of MDB Investments 

IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro moderated a session organised by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in the framework of the ITF Summit. The session gathered top executives from several MDBs to present concrete action happened since the launch of the MDBs joint statement. 

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Webinar on Road Safety Management & Action Plan

Join IRF-India Chapter on their journey of Webinar Series focusing on important aspects of the 5 Es of road safety. The 5th Webinar on the subject “Engineering Measures & Funding for Road Safety” will take place on June 1 2021 from 13:00 to 15:45 CEST. 

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NTUA – Road Safety Simulation International Conference

Together with the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE), the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), organises the 8th Road Safety & Simulation International Conference 2022 which will be held on 8-10 June 2022 in Athens, Greece. The Conference’s theme will be : “Road Safety and Digitalisation”.

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RSI’s activities in support of the UN Global Road Safety Week 

An Open letter endorsed by over 750 people and organizations, open and press events, four short informational videos and a symbolic donation – these are just some of the activities organised by the Road Safety Institute in support of the UN Global Road Safety Week. 

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Swarco to host IRF DG at next Innovation Talk

The SWARCO INNOVATION HUB is a novel initative to foster the ties between corporations, cities, industry associations, academia, and research institutions in shaping together future mobility. As an initiative of the hUB Swarco is orgnising a live INNOVATION TALK on “How do we get around in 2035?”

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TOTAL becomes TotalEnergies

The energy world is reinventing itself, and so are we! Total is undergoing a transformation to become TotalEnergies. Our global program of citizenship intiatives is algo changing its name and identity from Total Foundation to Total Eenergies Foundation.

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 MOVIN’ON – Michelin

1 – 4 June 2021 – Online

World Transport Convention 2021 (WTC 2021) – New Technologies, New Modes and New Transport 

15 – 19 June 2021 – Online

Bridging the Gap Between Transport and Energy to Achieve Sustainable Mobility

16 June 2021 – Online

Southern Africa Transport Conference

05 – 07 July 2021 – Pretoria, South Africa

Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference

14 – 16 October 2021 – Beijing, China

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