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IRF invited to make keynote speech at major Road Safety Conference in Australia

The Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales recently invited IRF’s Director General, Sibylle Rupprecht, to make the opening keynote address at the 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference - the most important road safety conference in Australia.

The event was opened by the Australian Minister of Transport, the Hon. David Campbell MP. It attracted more than 500 delegates from across Australia and overseas, and high calibre papers were presented.


IRF attends the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow

IRF was represented at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety by Ms. Nathalie Pereira, the Road Safety Programme Manager, and Mr. Hilton Vorster, the Chairman of the IRF Safer Roads Working Group (SRWG). They were accompanied by a delegation composed of some of the Working Group’s members.

This high-level meeting was attended by Ministers responsible for road safety from more than 70 countries, as well as leaders from international, regional, governmental and non-governmental organisations representing more than 140 countries.


IRF Policy Committee on ITS meets in Moscow

The IRF Policy Committee on ITS held its latest meeting in Moscow on 20th November, 2009. The meeting was hosted by Leonid Kozlov of the International Congress of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs (ICIE), Russia.

The meeting was programmed to coincide with the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, as well as celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Russian Ministry of Transport, taking place in Moscow the same week. This enabled the prior organisation, on 19th November, of a successful roundtable discussion on “ITS and Road Safety” in the context of the Ministerial Conference.

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Second Session of UNECE's Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships held in Geneva

The Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held its second session on 3rd and 4th December at the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. IRF was represented at this meeting by Olim Latipov.

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IRF delivers a keynote address at the Second International Road Conference in Syria

Organised by the Syrian Ministry of Transport under the auspices of His Excellency the Prime Minister, the second International Road Conference was organised in Damascus from 10-12 November, 2009.

During the opening ceremony, H.E. Yarob Badr, the Syrian Transport Minister, highlighted the importance of the Conference as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with a view to empowering Road Transport Institutions to better confront key challenges in the domains of roads and traffic safety.

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IRF participates in the development of the Black Sea Ring Highway

Maria Novikov represented IRF at the third meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Steering Committee for the Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (BSRH). The meeting took place at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul on 8-9 December 2009. IRF member Egnatia Odos S.A., a Greek road infrastructure operator, holds the Joint Permanent Secretariat of the Highway project. The project aims at providing a high quality highway around the Black Sea that runs continuously across the borders of BSEC Member States.

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IRF concludes landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham (UK)

A key Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 16th December 2009 by Sibylle Rupprecht, Director General of the International Road Federation, and Professor Michael Sheppard, Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham.

By concluding this MoU, IRF and the University of Birmingham officially recognise their joint will and shared commitment to a mutually beneficial, co-operative relationship aimed at promoting teaching, research and other collaborative activity, in accordance with the following main aims and principles:

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We are very pleased to announce that Caroline Visser, the IRF Geneva PPP Expert, became the proud mother of a wonderful baby girl called Evi. Little Evi has come into this world on Tuesday 24 November 2009. She is a healthy girl of 51 cm and 3kg 670.


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Amsterdam, The Netherlands


12-24 April 2010

Senior Road Executive Programme 2010

Birmingham, UK


25-28 May 2010

International Road Federation

World Meeting 2010

Lisbon, Portugal


11-13 October 2010

Preserving Africa's Roads - SARF

Cape Town, South Africa

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