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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: February 2013
    make the world s roads safer More information here Journalists to cover transport funding Since 2011 the ITF s Media Travel Programme MTP has helped to raise the global visibility of the Annual Summit among journalists It was a rock solid event with lots of newsworthy discussion and access to sources I will use in future stories wrote one past participant So in 2013 ITF is again offering support for up to 35 non European journalists to attend the Annual Summit in Leipzig via the MTP Participating journalists will have the opportunity to listen to policy makers and business leaders and develop a better understanding of the funding issues that face the transport sector in times of rapidly growing demand for mobility and ever scarcer resources More information and application here Prestigious Transport Award applications open Innovative pricing and funding arrangements will be honoured by the 2013 Transport Achievement Award for an initiative project or service product that addresses one or more of today s transport focal issues quality infrastructure or service congestion safety environmental protection enhanced accessibility The award will be presented in Leipzig Germany at a special ceremony in the presence of Ministers and the winner s work will be promoted through Forum channels and presented at the Summit exhibition More information here Forum activities The Transport Management Board TMB representing ITF s 54 member countries held an extraordinary session in Paris on 31 January and 1 February to discuss the revision of ITF s General Rules as well as proposals from the High Level Group on Strategic Funding for a new funding framework for the organisation The meeting was called to prepare the regular TMB on 12 13 March when proposals for the ministerial meeting at the May Summit will be finalised ITF s Summit 2013 Task

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: January 2013
    and gravity of road crashes Standardised CMFs reduce the risk for policy makers to adopt measures that have little or no impact on improving road safety This is a pathfinding report that reinforces the importance of understanding the effectiveness of road safety countermeasures commented Dr Steve Lawson of the International Road Assessment Programme iRAP It will be useful to practitioners researchers and policy makers alike iRAP s work towards enabling a world free of high risk roads relies heavily upon reports such as this where best in field come together to establish the theoretical framework and add available knowledge to that ITF experts present work at Transportation Research Board At this week s 92nd Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington D C experts from the International Transport Forum are contributing to the global debate on better transport in various ways As part of the session on International Benchmarking on Road Safety Network for International Road Traffic and Accident Database ITF s Head of Research Stephen Perkins will give a presentation on Recent Road Safety Developments in IRTAD Countries At the session on International Developments in Crash Modification Factors and Functions ITF Economist Jari Kauppila will present an overview of the recent ITF report on Sharing Road Safety The panel on Exploration of Travel Patterns by Gender and Family Structure and the Potential for Policy Improvements will take place with ITF s Head of Research Stephen Perkins as one of the discussants Forum activities Secretary General José Viegas met with Sweden s Transport Minister Catharina Elmsäter Svärd in Linköping Sweden on 8 January to present his vision of value for members and to discuss specific topics of interest for Sweden In Sweden Secretary General Viegas also delivered a keynote speech on A responsible approach to transport investments to the VTI

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: December 2012
    further decline since the previous quarter EU27 imports by air fall below pre crisis levels for the first time since Q1 2010 suggesting weakening domestic demand Trade by value shows a more mixed picture China s external trade by value remains flat Road and rail freight decline in the EU area further indicating weak domestic performance Read the Statistics Brief Sign up for free ITF Secretary General on France24 France24 the French international news channel interviewed ITF Secretary General José Viegas on the future of the aviation market against the background of France s airport operator Aéroports de Paris taking up a stake in Turkish airport operator TAV who runs among others Istanbul Ankara and Izmir airports Link to video vidéo en français Forum Activities Ambassadors and delegation members from ITF countries were briefed by Secretary General José Viegas on the work of the organisation and his plans for improving value for members in Paris on 3 December The two hour seminar was attended by 32 representatives from ITF countries both OECD and non OECD 14 ambassadors were present A lively Q A marked by appreciation for the Secretariat s initiative and support for ITF s new direction was followed by a reception Responding to suggestions from participants José Viegas announced that regular briefings for Ambassadors will be institutionalised and held at least once per year Viegas invited delegations to become more actively involved with the work of ITF and be a catalyst for bringing to bear the organisation s competencies for the benefit their countries policy makers Secretary General José Viegas delivered a keynote speech on How is European transport policy adapting to an increasingly globalised context during a panel which included EU Vice President Siim Kallas at the European Automobile Manufacturers Association ACEA Transport Policy Event in Brussels

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: November 2012
    be awarded to a young researcher under 35 years from and ITF member country for the best research paper on a topic related to the Summit s theme Funding Transport Both awards will be presented at the 2013 Summit on 23 May 2013 in Leipzig Germany during an official ceremony attended by transport ministers Forum activities The Ibero American Road Safety Observatory OISEVI and the development of a regional road safety database IRTAD LAC operated by ITF were hailed as an amazing example of what can be done and a model that could be replicated in other regions by the Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Co operation UNRSC at an OISEVI meeting in Cartagena Colombia on 12 November At the meeting ITF road safety expert Véronique Feypell presented the Forum s International Road Traffic and Accident Database IRTAD Preliminary talks for additional co operations and twinning arrangements between countries are ongoing Link to IRTAD homepage ITF s road transport expert Elene Shatberashvili gave a presentation on the main issues regarding the development of the Multilateral Quota of transport licences managed by ITF at the Goods Transport Council in Geneva Switzerland on 8 November The licence system aims to facilitate international inland transport and the integration of markets Presidents and senior representatives of over 100 national transport associations were present at the meeting under the auspices of the International Road Transport Union IRU Link to presentation PDF Korean government officials and experts shared information on how transport investment policies are managed over different modes at the International Seminar on Transport Investment and Regional Development held in Seoul Korea on 13 November ITF Visiting Fellow Sangjin Han presented key points for making transport projects associated with land development a success and suggested possible indicators for transport project evaluation The seminar was co organised by OECD and the Korea Transport Institute KOTI with the findings of OECD s 2012 Urban Policy Review taking a central role Link to OECD Urban Policy Review Korea A Roundtable kicked off ITF s new Sustainable Road Funding Working Group on 25 26 October Papers presented focused on road life cycle cost optimisation alternative public and private models for delivering and maintaining roads and related performance indicators Related background papers prepared by rapporteurs are available at the link below Link to background papers ITF economist Jari Kauppila gave a presentation on Supply Chains Incorporating Reliability into Policy at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC Port Services Network APSN held in Hong Kong China on 5 November The meeting organised in the light of the Green Growth objective endorsed by the APEC leaders and transport ministers was attended by senior officials from competent port authorities industry leaders APSN Council Members Advisory Board Members and Regular Members as well as experts from relevant academia from 12 APEC economies Link to presentation PDF ITF input to Korean road safety initiative Korea currently has the highest rates of fatal traffic crashes in the OECD measured per head of population and

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: October 2012
    s 2012 Transport Outlook as well as earlier work in ECMT on door to door accessible transport ITF was a supporting organisation of the event Congress website Promote ITS via information exchange SG tells ministers Governments must take the lead in promoting information exchange between partners to gain network economies was the ITF Secretary General s key message at the Ministerial Roundtable in Vienna Austria this week Speaking to worldwide transport ministers on Accelerating ITS Deployment The role of policy making José Viegas underlined the economies of scale achievable if public initiatives can be integrated by international organisations Can PPPs fill the public funding gap International experts from government academia and international finance institutions banks and project developers met for a Roundtable on Public Private Partnerships for Funding Transport Infrastructure on 27 28 September to discuss risk management and alternative funding and financing models As many governments seek new ways to invest in transport infrastructure following the 2008 financial crisis this Roundtable aimed to contribute to the evidence base for policy making in the build up to the 2013 Summit on Funding Transport 22 24 May in Leipzig Germany More info Discussion Papers Multimedia Road Transport Group meeting in Albania The meeting of the Group on Road Transport was held in Durres Albania on 11 12 October upon the invitation of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Albania Secretary General José Viegas and Minister Sokol Olldashi opened the meeting The Minister underlined the significance of the work of the ITF its Road Transport Group and the Multilateral Quota system Secretary General Viegas expressed his satisfaction with the latest developments in the Group and later held a bilateral meeting with Minister Olldashi to discuss the transport issues important to Albania The meeting brought together 80 participants from member countries and resulted in a lively debate inducing constructive decisions for future work Forum activities The bi annual meeting of the Transport Management Board TMB representing the Forum s 54 member countries was held on 3 4 October in Oslo marking Norway s Presidency year José Viegas outlined his strategic vision to member governments as new Secretary General Ministers discussed ideas for a new strategic funding framework for ITF developed by a high level group and approved the 2013 budget on the basis of a 5 reduction A back to back meeting of the 2013 Summit Task Force chaired jointly by Korea and Poland finalised the framework for the 2013 Summit programme Policies and technologies that help create integrated public transport solutions and foster Green Growth were the focus of the 3rd International Public Transport Forum held in Seoul Korea on 9 October ITF s Head of Communication Michael Kloth opened the conference with a keynote on Public Transport in our Life The event was hosted by the Korea Transport Institute KOTI and Korea s Ministry of Land Transport and Maritime Affairs At the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research 50th Anniversary Congress in Amsterdam Netherlands ITF s Head of Research

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: September 2012
    for all modes of transport Some preliminary data for 2011 are also included Bookshop Forum activities Secretary General José Viegas and Head of Research Stephen Perkins met with Brazilian Transport Minister Paulo Sergio Passos in Brasilia in July to discuss areas of interest in the Forum s work for the world s 7th largest economy The Forum renewed its ties as an observer organisation with the Asia Pacific Economic Co operation APEC At the meeting of APEC s Transportation Working Group in St Petersburg Russia in July the Forum was able to provide input from member countries ministers discussions at the Forum s 2012 Summit in May in Leipzig Germany The report Sharing Road Safety by the Forum road safety working group summary document here was presented by economist Jari Kauppila at a workshop organised by the International Road Assessment Programme iRAP in London UK in June Key findings on the framework for reporting assessing and conducting research on road safety countermeasures were widely supported by international road safety experts As part of the Road Safety Training Programme of the African Development Bank Forum expert Véronique Feypell presented insights from the work of the Forum s International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group IRTAD on the importance of road safety data for assessing road safety issues and designing policies to address these Conference website Transport Infrastructure Conference in Paris The Forum is partnering with French business newspaper Les Echos for the conference Infrastructures de transports 2012 to be held in Paris on 20 November French Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier will open the event followed by a keynote from Forum Secretary General José Viegas Further speakers include Louis Roch Burgard Director General of Vinci Concessions François Rubichon Deputy Director General of Aéroports de Paris and Henry Marty Gauquié Director at the

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: June 2012
    Stephen Perkins right Download hi resolution image See Press Release PDF More on the IRTAD database China and International Transport Forum to deepen ties Next steps for deepening the involvement of new member country China in the work of the International Transport Forum were at the heart of a meeting between Acting Secretary General Michael Kloth and Mr Feng Zhenglin Vice Minister of Transport in Beijing on 12 June Acting Secretary General Kloth presented detailed information and invited China to take part in upcoming projects Vice Minister Feng emphasised that China attaches great importance to the 2013 Summit theme Funding Transport and will actively support its preparation The People s Republic is very interested in sharing views and exchanging knowledge in the area of infrastructure investment and financing transport in general Velo city website How can public policy promote urban cycling The role of cycling in cities and how public policy can promote bicycle use will be the theme of a keynote address by Acting Secretary General Michael Kloth at this year s global cycling planning conference in Vancouver Canada on 26 June Outputs from the 2012 Summit will also be presented during the conference Sharing Road Safety Developing and

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: May 2012
    transport for the London Olympics Director of the Georgia Institute of Technology s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development USA Catherine L Ross keynote speech on megaregions during the session on Collaboration in Connectivity The President of JSC Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin emphasises the importance of the political basis for the development of transport integration and intermobility Giuseppe Sciarrone Managing Director of Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori delivers the Opening Plenary keynote A separate interview is also available Patrick Oliva Senior Vice President Strategic Anticipation and Sustainable Development for Michelin France on connectedness in transport Koji Sekimizu Secretary General International Maritime Organization interviewed on sustainable development ahead of the Rio 20 meeting and on ship safety The Chairman of the Asian Institute of Transport Development K L Thapar on changing the cross border mindset Martin Austwick Lecturer Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment University College London UK presents Visualising Transport Data A separate interview is also available Peter Miller CEO ITO World Ltd UK presents Open data new mapping tools and transport implications A separate interview is also available Jaehak Oh Vice President Korea Transport Institute Korea on Linking real time public transport information and station design Carlo Ratti Director MIT SENSeable City Laboratory USA presents Urban future wired A separate interview is also available Sue Zielinski Managing Director Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation SMART University of Michigan USA talks about the need for seamlessness to improve a person s journey Vice President of International Logistics at Walmart Jeff Langenfeld is interviewed on the importance of seamless logistics Rosine Howe Teo CIO and Group Director Innovation and InfoComm Technology for the Land Transport Authority of Singapore talks on the importance of information for travel Leipzig by bicycle footage from the annual bike ride hosted

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