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PIARC (World Road Association), founded in 1909 and comprising 125 member governments from all over the world, is the global forum for exchange of knowledge and experience on roads, road transport policies and practices. With consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the Association is contributing to a stable and sustainable global development of the road and transport sector.

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To join the Association is to join a network that has existed since 1909 at the dawn of the Motor Age. More than 100 years later, the Association continues to foster and facilitate global discussion and knowledge sharing on roads and road transport.

The Association now boasts 127 government members worldwide and retains consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


The Association will be the world leader in the exchange of knowledge on roads and road transport policy and practices within an integrated sustainable transport context.


PIARC exists to serve all its members by:

  • being a leading international forum for analysis and discussion of the full spectrum of transport issues, related to roads and road transport,
  • identifying, developing and disseminating best practice and giving better access to international information,
  • fully considering within its activities the needs of developing countries and countries in transition,
  • developing and promoting efficient tools for decision making on matters related to roads and road transport.


PIARC's values are:

To achieve these aims, PIARC