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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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PIARC Organisation


The Council  has the ultimate responsibility for the governance of PIARC. It is composed of delegations from member states, each led by a First Delegate. The Council elects the officers, the Secretary General and the members of the Executive Committee. The Council meets once each year.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee manages the Association by delegation of the Council. It is supported by the Commissions (Finance, Communications, Strategic Planning) and the General Secretariat.

General Secretariat

The PIARC General Secretariat is located in Paris. It is composed of salaried support staff and staff seconded by various member countries.

It provides a secretarial service for the Council, the Executive Committee and the Commissions and services to the Technical Committees.

The General Secretariat is responsible for the PIARC web site, and for editing of the Routes/Roadsmagazine and PIARC's various publications.

It provides assistance in the planning and preparation of the World Road Congresses and International Winter Road Congresses.

National Committees

There are PIARC National Committees in 45 member countries.

National Committees contribute to the dissemination of PIARC outputs, organize local activities such as meetings, conferences and seminars, and undertake some membership services and administration duties in their own countries.