Newsletter – September 2021

Newsletter – September 2021


Dear Reader,

We are pleased to share with you a new edition of CROSSROADS, the IRF newsletter. 

Preparation of the launch of the UN Decade of Action Plan is now accelerating and over the next couple of weeks you will be able to join us for a number of events leading up to the launch. The IRF Annual Conference to be hosted on 20-21 October, the UN Sustainable Transport Conference (14-16 October) will offer great opportunities to address safety and sustainability of current and future mobility and that transformational change the sector needs to hit Vision Zero targets and Paris Agreement targets. 

The Youth has reminded us this week in different forums: “We want change. Now”. We ought not only to listen to this timely call but act to turn into reality.

This and a lot more in this edition of CROSSROADS.

Good reading!

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

IRF Annual Conference: Speakers Announced

More than 50 speakers will be taking the stage at the IRF Annual Conference on 20-21 October: organised as a free and digital event under the theme “Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility”, the event will provide insights on road safety investments, digitalisation, Sustainability and new trends, and a pitching session for the six finalists of the IRF Start-up label. Free registration but limited places available!

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Announcing the Finalists of The IRF Start-up Label

One of IRF’s goals is to support impactful mobility start-ups, and a way to do it is through the IRF Start-Up Label.  After a thorough selection, the IRF is pleased to present the six start-ups finalists that are competing for IRF’s Start-up Label. They will be pitching on 21 October at the IRF Annual Conference. Companies that obtain the label, benefit from IRF’s official endorsement during three consecutive years.

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UNRSC Side Event at UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference will be held from 14-16 October 2021. In the framework of the Conference, a United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) side event will be hosted in digital format on 15 October 2021 on the topic Halving Road Deaths and Injuries by 2030: The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030. Registrations are now open!

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Online Training: Planning for Autonomous Mobility 

Organised as a joint partnership between the International Road Federation, EIT Urban Mobility, and FACTUAL, the training on Planning for Autonomous Mobility is designed to tackle key aspects of autonomous mobility as a means to respond to new transport demands and to deliver value to society and businesses. Registrations are open! Few places available.

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IRF Executives Talks with Isabel Dedring – ARUP

On 16 September IRF hosted Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader at ARUP for one of the IRF Executives Talks. Sustainability, Innovation, Investments, and Circular Economy were some of the issues touched upon in this one-to-one chat. The recording is now available online.

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IRF World Road Statistics: 2021 Edition Released

IRF has released the 58th edition of the IRF World Road Statistics (WRS). Covering data for the years 2014 to 2019, this edition includes up-to-date information for more than 200 countries and 180+ indicators accessible via the IRF Data Warehouse. 

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IRF Gears Up Action for The Launch of the UN Decade of Action Plan

The launch of the Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety has been set for 28 October. To support the process, IRF and partners are working on a number of global and local events and initiatives around road safety, including a training course, a UNRSC side event at the UN Second Global Transport Conference, and the upcoming IRF Annual Conference.

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Capacity Building in Tanzania

Over 200 nominated road safety stakeholders from Tanzania received specialist road safety training on 22-23 September as part of the Ten Step Plan currently underway in the country. This was the first of a three courses programme that will explore road safety engineering, iRAP assessments, and road safety audits.

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IRF Director General at SuM4All Knowledge Exchange Course

Led by SuM4All, IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro, joined a group of distinguished speakers and experts for the delivery of the second of the four modules of the Knowledge Exchange Event on a new policy approach to achieve sustainable mobility, “Defining a Path Forward using Data.”

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Introduction to Road Safety Audits: Free Online Course 

In preparation for the launch of the Decade of Action Plan, IRF will kick off action on 9 October by hosting together with the Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (University of Qatar) a three-day free online course on road safety audits. 

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Recording now Available: IRF Young Professionals Summit 2021

Under the theme, “Towards a Greener and Sustainable Mobility” the IRF Young Professionals Summit was held on 29 September 2021. The summit took on the pressing challenges in the road and mobility sectors and served as a venue for knowledge sharing among young professionals from all around the world. The recording of the event is now available.

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IRF President to Speak at the ASECAP Days 

IRF President, Bill Halkias, will be joining the line-up of speakers of the 48th ASECAP Study & information days to be hosted digitally on 10 November. The event will focus on how to stimulate investments in safe and sustainable mobility in line with the EU objectives around vision zero for road traffic deaths and injuries and, emissions reduction.

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9th IRF India Chapter’s Webinar on Road safety 

“Education & Campaign for Promoting Road Safety” was the subject of the 9th Webinar of the series of IRF India Chapter held on 22 September Video messages of Mr. Jean Todt, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and President, FIA, and Mr. Bill Halkias, President, IRF Geneva were relayed. The recording of the webinar is now available online.  

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Good Practice Guide for NGOs Launched 

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance) has just launched its Good Practice Guide on Meaningful NGO Participation in the Field of Road Safety, demonstrating the unique and essential value of including NGOs in road safety policymaking and implementation. 

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Dynniq Mobility becomes part of the traffic technology group SWARCO

In a transaction closed on 30 September 2021, SWARCO AG has acquired 100% of the shares in Dynniq Mobility, a company present in 39 locations and with a strong market position in the fields of urban and interurban traffic management and public lighting, and considerable expertise in managing large infrastructure projects. 

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The South African Road Federation (SARF) is a non-profit, non-political organisation dedicated to the promotion of the road industry in South Africa through the dissemination of information, the promotion of sound policies, and through education and training. The SARF is defined by South Africa’s roads and road sector. It is a single body, which provides a representative forum for the provision and management of roads, and of the road sector. SARF also provides contact between South Africa’s road industry sector and facilitates the distribution of expertise throughout the diverse disciplines, which have impact and application on the industry.

Meet the team:

The SARF Executive Committee, right to left: Saied Solomons – SABITA (Immediate Past President), Vusi Tshabangu – 3M South Africa (Deputy President), Phil Hendricks – Zutari (SARF President), Basil Jonsson (SARF Operations Director), Mirriam Mosia- SANRAL( SARF Vice President), Londeka Ximba- N3TC (SARF Honorary Treasurer. 

Online Training: Introduction to Road Safety Audits

09 – 11 October 2021 – Online

UNRSC Side Event at UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

15 October 2021 – Online

IRF Annual Conference – Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility

20 – 21 October 2021 – Online

Online Training: Planning for Autonomous Mobility

04 November – 02 December 2021 – Online

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