iRAP played a lead role at the 2018 International Transport Forum Summit (ITF2018), held 23-25 May in Leipzig, Germany. With this year’s theme of “Transport Safety and Security”, the annual summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event. 1300 decision-makers from more than 74 countries attended, including 40 ministers and delegates drawn from government, business, international organisations and academia.
Programme and Presentations
Key to iRAP’s participation was the launch of Vaccines for Roads, iRAP’s new Big Data Tool. The Tool provides for the first time a health check on how safe the world’s roads are and the road attributes that matter, the projected human life and economic savings to be gained if countries meet the new UN Global Road Safety Targets, and case studies of success. The Tool unlocks insights into the world’s largest road infrastructure safety database, summarising star rating and investment plan data – over 400 million data points – based on 358,000 kilometres of roads across 54 countries covering over 700 billion vehicle kilometres of travel every year. Achieving more than 75% of travel on 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 will save an estimated 467,000 lives every year worldwide and 100,000 million lives and serious injuries over the 20 year life of road treatments.
iRAP’s ITF Summit programming included:
POLIS Side Event: From Data to Policy
Wednesday 23 May, 09.00 – 10.30am
Global Product Director, James Bradford presented on promising road assessment support tools and measures, highlighting new approaches for data-driven road infrastructure safety policies that save lives.
Open Stage Cafe: iRAP’s Vaccines for Roads New Big Data Tool
Wednesday 23 May, 10.00 – 10.30am
The world-first live demonstration of Vaccines for Roads IV was livestreamed, supported by the Vaccines for Roads IV website and brochure.
Open Stage Cafe: AMEND
Wednesday 23 May, 10.30 -11.00am
Regional Director, the Americas and LAC Julio Urzua presented on Star Rating for Schools (SR4S). See the SR4S Case Study in English and Spanish.
Panel Session: Governance of Road Safety
Friday 25 May, 09.00 – 10.30am
CEO Rob McInerney participated in a high level panel session debating the big questions:
- What are the roles of governments, parliamentarians, business and civil society in fostering development of more effective road safety policies?
- What can regional road safety observatories do to prioritise road safety in the political agenda and create regional competition in improving road safety?
- What examples represent best practice in evidence-based policy-making?
- How much funding is needed to make significant and durable progress in the fight against road deaths?
- How could the UN Road Safety Fund play a role in this?
- How big are the monetary benefits of improved safety for the health and transport sectors?
See the session Summary, Photos and Video here.
Hosting of an exhibition booth
Wednesday 23 May to Friday 25 May
ITF2018 Open Stage Cafe: Launch of iRAP’s Vaccines for Roads IV and new Big Data Tool
ITF2018 Governance of Road Safety Session Recording
iRAP Regional Director, The Americas Julio Urzua speaking from ITF2018 (English)
iRAP Regional Director, The Americas Julio Urzua speaking from ITF2018 (Spanish)
iRAP Global Product Director James Bradford speaking from ITF2018
Times of India Interview with iRAP CEO Rob McInerney
A summary of all substantive outputs from the Summit, including the 2018 Ministerial Declaration on Transport Safety and Security, as well as session summaries, video recordings, photos and other resources are available here.