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Welcome to the International Transport Forum - and its new look!

Almost five years ago, in May 2006 Transport Ministers from 51 countries around the world met in Dublin, Ireland, determined to take a bold step. As decision makers elected to watch over the infrastructure and services that move nations and our globalised society, they felt the need to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport - as a key to economic growth, but also its social and environmental impact.

In their Dublin Declaration of 26 May 2006 they created a unique platform to begin a global conversation about the future of transport: the International Transport Forum. "We, Ministers of Transport", they resolved, "will meet annually, with key figures invited from civil society, to focus on a single topic of world-wide strategic importance."

The three global summits of International Transport Forum has held so far have seen inspiring debates and fascinating presentations, important policy advances and effective global networking. They have been graced by Heads of State and Leaders of Government, Nobel Prize laureates and visionary innovators, transport leaders and top researchers. People who attended tell us that these have been a source of inspiration for participants from all over the world.

We intend to continue on this path. But we want to get even better . We want our annual summit to be the global transport event that no one can afford to miss. As a think tank, we strive to make our research, our policy analysis and our statistics an important point of reference for the sector. And as an intergovernmental Organisation, we want to be a global platform for countries to advance the international transport policy agenda.

To underline our vision as we approach our fifth year and prepare the International Transport Forum's fourth annual summit, we are giving ourselves a make-over: a bolder logo. An intuitive colour scheme. Clearer terminology.

The new look of our website stands for what we want to achieve: to become more accessible. More responsive. And to serve you - our audience, partners and stakeholders - better. Beyond the visuals, our vision is driven by the dedication of a team that deeply cares for transport policy and how it affects peoples' lives.

In fact, how to increase net benefits from transport for individuals and for society as a whole is the central theme of the International Transport Forum 2011, which will take place on 25-27 May in Leipzig. We have called it "Transport for Society", and it will put the user right at the centre. If you want to know more about the world's premier mobility summit and why you should be in Leipzig in May, a click on the light blue box at the top of this page will take you to all the information you need.

Thank you for visiting the International Transport Forum website. We hope that our new look will make it easy for you to find your way around. Please bear with us if some things are not yet quite as they should be. We will continue to work on our website to help you get the information you are looking quickly and make the rich substance the International Transport Forum has to offer more easily accessible.

I sincerely hope you like our new look and find it helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do write to us.

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Jack Short,
Secretary General