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January 2014

Road Safety Experts Agree Recommendations for Data Collection and Analysis

The critical importance of better data to improve road safety has led international road safety experts from 40 countries to issue the "Buenos Aires Declaration on Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes".

The Declaration recommends 12 measures for improving the collection and analysis of road safety data as a critical tool to design effective road safety policies. Among these are: the requirement for a minimum set of data for analysing road safety, which includes not only safety data but also contextual data; safety data should be aggregated at national level using a lead national agency; and the need to understand the relationship between road safety performance and economic development.

The recommendations are a result of the ongoing road safety work of ITF's International Road Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) and the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI), a co-operative body of Latin American countries for the reduction of road accidents by improvements in safety data. Better data is fundamental to achieving the objectives of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety; a halving the expected level of road deaths by 2020.

Read the Buenos Aires Declaration on Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes

Go to more information on IRTAD

ITF experts present at Transportation Research Board
Experts from the ITF are contributing to the global debate on better transport in various ways at 93rd Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., USA, on 12-16 January:

- ITF Economist Jari Kauppila presents on "Changes in Investment Appraisals: Shifting the Focus to Productivity, Jobs, and Growth" as part of the session on "Transportation Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis", 13:30-16:30 on 12 January at Hilton, Columbia Hall 3 (Workshop 209). 

- Mr Kauppila reviews the OECD Task Force Report on "Valuing Transportation in other Developed Countries" at the session on "Value of Transportation Infrastructure", 08:00-09:45 on 13 January at Hilton, Columbia Hall 7 (Session 245).

- ITF's Head of Research Stephen Perkins presents an "Overview of Road Safety in 2012 in IRTAD Countries" at the panel on "International Benchmarking on Road Safety", presided by Fred Wegman, Chairman of IRTAD, 10:15-12:00 on 14 January.

- ITF Secretary-General José Viegas and Head of Policy and Summit Preparation Mary Crass will also be participating in TRB Committee and other meetings.


Shifting Economic Mass to Emerging Economies Shown in Global Freight Data
The latest update of global freight data collected by ITF through September 2013 reinforces the observation of a shift of economic mass to emerging economies:

- USA and EU27 exports increase strongly and imports decline markedly, reflecting weak domestic demand and stronger performance of emerging economies;

- EU external trade by air, considered as a lead indicator, rebounds above pre-crisis peak, indicating a potential improvement of the economic outlook;

- Road and rail freight data continue to point out weak domestic demand especially in the EU area.
(Photo: © Oktay Ortakcioglu / istockphoto)

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Registration for 2014 Annual Summit Opens 15 January
Registration for ITF's Annual Summit on 21-23 May 2014 in Leipzig, Germany will open on 15 January 2014 at The theme is "Transport for a Changing World: Understanding Trends - Shaping Responses". The preliminary programme of the Summit is already online. Early discounts on registration will be available until 16 April.

Go to the preliminary Summit programme

Expressions of interest to hold Summit Side Events are welcome until 20 January. These provide important opportunities for transport stakeholders to present recent work, foster debate on key issues, or conduct technical and policy discussions.

Go to more information on Summit Side Events

Details on sponsorship opportunities and participation in the Summit exhibition are now available online. Early booking rates for exhibitors are available until 31 January 2014.

Go to more information on Summit opportunities

Applications for the ITF Awards remain open until 7 February.

Three Awards will be presented at the 2014 Summit in the presence of ministers of transport from around the world:
Transport Achievement Award for innovations between two and five years old;

Promising Transport Innovation Award for innovations that are less than two years old;

Young Researcher of the Year Award for researchers under 35 years of age.

Go to more information on the ITF Awards



Forum Activities
The chairperson of Korea's National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRCS), Dr Se Young Ahn, led a high-level delegation to ITF aimed at promoting joint research work on global issues and information sharing on 16 December 2013. The Korean NCRS is a public institution under responsibility of the prime minister and regroups 23 affiliated research institutes. ITF has been working closely with the Korean Transport Institute (KOTI), Korea's official transport research agency, which belongs to NCRS.
Pictured (l-r): Yi Gyo Kim, NCRS Director of Evaluation Office, Mary Crass, ITF Head of Policy and Summit Preparation, José Viegas, ITF Secretary-General, Se Young Ahn, NCRS Chairperson, Yeon Myung Kim, ITF Visiting Fellow.

Presentations from the ITF Roundtable on the Economics of High-Speed Rail held in New Delhi, India on 18-19 December are now available along with the related Discussion Papers.

Go to more information on the Roundtable

A mission by Secretary-General Viegas to ITF member country Turkey on 19-20 December included a keynote speech on "Recent Trends in Freight Transport and Logistics" at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Meetings with government officials focused on the importance of research to support good policy making and road transport issues concerning the Multilateral Quota System for road haulage.

ITF Economist Jari Kauppila gave a presentation at the International Road Federation's Summit 2013 on "Bringing Policy and Practice Together" in Geneva, Switzerland on 11-12 December. Mr Kauppila's presentation focused on sustainable road funding.

Véronique Feypell, ITF's road safety expert, was interviewed by South African radio station 567 Cape Talk on how to reduce road deaths in South Africa. 1376 people were killed on South Africa's roads over the festive season alone.

ITF is very pleased to welcome two new transport researchers to the research centre; Marie Castaing and Antigoni-Aikaterini Lykotrafiti. 

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93rd Annual Transportation Research Board Conference
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12-16 January 2014
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ITF Corporate Partnership Board Kick-off Meeting
20 January 2014
Paris, OECD

ITF 7th Annual Consultation with International Organisations
31 January 2014
Paris, OECD

Greening Intermodality
6 February 2014
Brussels, Belgium

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