Who we are
The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with
countries. It acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organises an
Annual Summit of
What we work for
Our goal is to help shape the transport policy agenda on a global level, and ensure that it contributes
to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and
How we do it
The work of the International Transport Forum rests on three pillars:
- Annual Summit: The International Transport Forum's
Annual Summit is the unique
platform for a global conversation on strategies for transport in the 21st
century. At the Summit,
ministers from 54 member countries and beyond engage in focused debates with decision-makers from
business, civil society leaders and top academics. The International Transport Forum's 2014
Summit focusing on
the theme "Transport for a Changing World" will take place in Leipzig,
Germany from 21-23 May 2014.
- Think Tank: The work of the International Transport Forum is underpinned by
economic research, statistics collection and policy analysis. Its evidence-based insights on transport
policy issues make the International Transport Forum and important think tank for policy-makers and
the global transport community. Our researchers are committed to delivering impartial analysis of the
highest quality. Leading academics, regulators and government economists are regularly engaged in
debate in the Research Centre's roundtables on critical issues for transport policy. The Research Centre
also maintains a range of statistics and indicators on transport, as well as specialised databases.
- Intergovernmental Organisation:
54 member countries have joined forces in the
International Transport Forum to advance transport policy. The roots of the organisation lie in the
European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), which met until 2007, when the scope and
geographic reach was widened and the format emerged as the International Transport Forum. The
International Transport Forum continues to manage the ECMT's system of Multilateral Licences for
international road haulage on the European continent.
The International Transport Forum evolved from the ECMT in 2006/7. At the time, ministers decided to invite new members from non-European countries
in order to address transport issues on a global level and for all transport modes, and to create a
public platform for a broad policy dialogue.
The ECMT was established by a protocol
in Brussels on 17 October 1953 by 16 countries. In the post-war years, the challenge was to rebuild
Europe's battered transport infrastructure, and the ECMT provided a welcome mechanism for coordination.
As prosperity grew in Europe, increased trade flows and exploding tourism shifted the emphasis to
expanding transport infrastructure to meet the new demands. With European integration progressing and
globalisation posing challenges of a new magnitude for the transport sector, Ministers at their
meeting in Dublin, Ireland, in May 2006
created the International Transport Forum by adopting the
At their meeting in March 2013, the ITF's Transport
Management Board adopted
that govern the work of the International Transport Forum.
Go to overview of key ITF
The International Transport Forum is designed to be a flexible, efficient and politically responsible
- Secretariat: The International Transport Forum's secretariat is based at the
OECD in Paris (France). It is led by the
secretariat comprises the Research Centre, the
Policy and Summit Preparation Unit, the Communications Unit and the Management Support Unit.
- Presidency: The Presidency of the International Transport Forum revolves
annually among member countries. The Presidency chairs Transport Management Board meetings and has a leading role in
organising the Annual Summit taking place during its tenure.
- 2013 Norway
- 2014 France
- 2015 New Zealand
- Transport Management Board: The Transport Management Board (TMB) gives
direction to the work of the Forum. It consists of the representatives of the member countries and
meets at least twice per year. The TMB is chaired by the Presidency country.
- Task Force: To help the Presidency plan the Annual Summit, a small Task Force
is formed from TMB members. In preparing the Summit, the Task Force also may draw upon the
Research Centre, special ad hoc projects groups and policy networks, as well as on consultations
- Research Centre: In January 2004, the ECMT and the OECD brought together
their transport research capabilities, setting up the Joint Transport Research Centre. The
Research Centre provides input for the Annual Summit and organises longer-term research
projects under the oversight of member countries' transport ministries and research agencies
through the Joint Transport Research Committee. Much of the work is undertaken by experts
from these agencies working collaboratively to report on the latest results of policy-relevant