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June 2009 Edition

Dear [fname],

The road sector faces many challenges today.

High on the list is the issue of Road Safety. Road traffic injuries have become a major public health problem and a leading cause of death and injury. Each year, nearly 1.2 million people are killed, and millions more injured or disabled, in road crashes, mostly in low-income and middle-income countries. This imposes an enormous social cost - some 1%-2% of GDP. With growing motorisation, road traffic accidents are escalating in unprecedented manner, particularly in developing countries, and the situation is getting worse. Urgent action is needed.

Another key challenge to overcome is the widening funding gap for road works. Private finance, through Public/Private Partnerships, is now becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain and it is no news to state that public funding alone will not suffice to meet the investment needs. The time has come to review approaches to PPP and to reflect on the quality of projects as well as the contractual basis.

We are particularly happy, therefore, to be able to invite readers to a key IRF Seminar, which will authoritatively address the above challenges. The Seminar, which will be held in Cairo, Egypt on 12th and 13th October, 2009 will focus on both Road Safety (day 1) and PPP (day 2). Convened in the Cairo Ramses Hilton on the shores of the Nile, this important Seminar will give participants the benefit of the very latest expert knowledge and best practice.

A first preliminary agenda and registration form can be accessed here.

As the number of participants is limited, you are advised to register early for this seminar.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and we welcome your feedback.

Kind regards,

Sibylle Rupprecht

Director General

International Road Federation

Geneva, Switzerland



IRF Managed Programme

global Transport Knowledge Partnership


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IRF PPP working group undergoes Urban Toll Motorway experience in Paris

On 12 March 2009, the members of IRF’s Working Group on Public Private Partnerships met just outside Paris in the new offices of SANEF, a French motorway concessionaire and affiliate of Abertis.



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IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems meets in Geneva

On Thursday 2nd April 2009, the IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) gathered in Geneva for an inaugural meeting, further to its establishment during the ITS World Congress in New York last November.

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IRF features at the China Road Summit 2009

Organised in Shanghai on 6 and 7 May 2009, this year edition of the China Road Summit was attended by executives from Chinese and international companies active in the road infrastructure sector as well as government representatives.




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Senior Road Executive Programme held at the University of Birmingham

The International Road Federation and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) hosted a highly successful international Senior Road Executive Programme from 21st to 23rd May, 2009.




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Transport Ministers and industry leaders deliver a set of key messages at ITF, 2009

Around the theme "Transport for a Global Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Downturn", the 2009 International Transport Forum (ITF), was convened this year in Leipzig, in the presence of 52 government Ministers and top business leaders from around the world. The International Road Federation (IRF) was actively involved in the debates (see report below by Caroline Visser on one of the panel discussions), and also prominently represented throughout the forum from its information booth.

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IRF features in high level panel discussion at International Transport Forum

During the International Transport Forum, held in Leipzig, Germany, from 25th to 29th May, Caroline Visser from IRF Geneva took part as a panellist in a high-level workshop on Strategic Transport Infrastructure Planning & Financing. Moderated by Lord Gus MacDonald, former UK Transport Minister and ...

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News & Press Release
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A Decade of Action for Road Safety – Launch of the 2nd Make Roads Safe Report

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2015 road crashes will be the leading cause of premature death and disability among children aged five and above. The second report ‘Make Roads Safe’ produced by the Commission for Road Safety - chaired by former NATO Secretary General, The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen - calls for a Decade of Action for Road Safety to be launched by the UN in 2010, with the goal of reducing the forecast level of road deaths in 2020 by 50%.



4-7 August 2009

Preserving our Highway Infrastructure Assets

Orlando, Florida


12-13 October 2009

Public / Private Partnership & Road Safety

Cairo, Egypt


23-24 October 2009

4th Regional IRF Conference on Road Safety

New Delhi, India

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