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September 2012
New Secretary-General takes office
José Viegas of Portugal took office as the new Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum on 13 August. Viegas had been elected by ministers from Forum member countries at their Summit in May. As a professor of civil engineering at the University of Lisbon and chairman of, a transport consultancy firm, Viegas has worked in all transport modes and managed collaborative networks across countries and economic sectors to advance better solutions in transport.

"I will work hard to provide engaging and successful leadership," Viegas said upon taking up his duties. "There are new and significant challenges for all transport modes across the world. The knowledge production at the Forum and the policy discussions among ministers are very much relevant to address these."
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Trends in Transport
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Trends in Transport: 2012 edition with latest data
Authoritative, up-to-date statistical data on global transport developments can be found in the latest edition of the Forum's annual Trends in Transport publication.

How have the passenger and freight transport sectors evolved in recent years and during the crisis? And what about road safety? This pocket-sized brochure presents data on global trends in the transport sector with the latest figures on the impact of the recent economic crisis.

In addition, Trends in Transport 2012 provides the reader with the latest statistics on transport markets in International Transport Forum member countries for the period 1970-2010 for all modes of transport. Some preliminary data for 2011 are also included.
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Véronique Feypell
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.

Les Echos Conference
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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 European Investment Bank (EIB). François Vidal, editor-in-chief of Les Echos, will moderate the discussion. More information is available at this link. Recipients of this newsletter are eligible to a 20% reduction on the conference fee: For more info please send us an email.


Jean Todt at Children's University
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Get this headgear - and all for a good cause!
At the 2012 Summit in May, FIA President Jean Todt presented the local organisers of the Children's University with a real Formula One race helmet, signed by top drivers Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Now the dark-blue, hi-tech headgear is being auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for lectures in the Children's University programme. Bidding is open until this Saturday (22 September) at 17:02 Central European Summer Time on this link.
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Transport Facts
Transport Facts
Road fatalities dropped by
6% between 2010 and 2009 in Forum member countries
Read the latest Statistics Brief: Global Freight Volumes Remain Stagnant and Highlight Concerns over Potential Decline in Europe.

Free transport data and statistics from the International Transport Forum

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