Proceedings of World Road Congresses 1908-2015

The World Road Association organizes the World Road Congresses every four years since 1908.

  • Seoul 2015

    The XXVth World Road Congress was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from November 2 to 6, 2015 , under the theme "Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport" . This XXVth has gathering 2 700 delegates and approximately 200 exhibitors

  • Mexico 2011

    In 1975, the XVth World Road Congress was held in Mexico-city . 36 years later, we are back to Mexico and Latin America. The motto of this XXIVth edition of the World Road Congress "Roads for a better life - Mobility, sustainability and development" highlights the importance of a safe and efficient road transportation system for the benefit of the communities and economies of all countries in the world.

  • Paris 2007

    Back to Paris for the 23rd edition of the PIARC World Road Congresses which marks the centenary after the 1st Congress in 1908. The theme of the Congress "The choice for sustainable development" reflects the challenge of the new millennium for road and road transport. This congress was organized in close cooperation between the World Road Association, responsible for the content and development of the programme, and the General Directorate of Roads of the Ministry for Ecology and Sustainable [...]

  • The Hague 1938

    The Congress took place at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen. Fifty-three States were represented. The number of delegates exceeded 2200. Road safety was one of the major topics, focusing on how to improve knowledge on the causes of accidents, and harmonization of statistics.

  • Munich 1934

    The Congress took place in Munich from 3 to 8 September 1934. The closing ceremony was held in Berlin at Kroll Opera, on 19 September 1934. Sixty-four countries were represented, with more than 2100 delegates. For the first time, the issue of road safety is addressed clearly in a Question of the Congress. Just as for the Milan Congress, emphasis is laid on the development of motorways. The congress was overtly political. The National Socialist regime turned it into a forum for its ideas. The [...]

  • Washington 1930

    One year after the stock market crash, the Congress took place for the first time outside of Europe. It took place in Washington, DC, in the Constitution Hall and in the US Chamber of Commerce from 6 to 10 October 1930. Sixty-eight nations were represented. Approximately 1400 delegates participated.

  • Milan 1926

    The Congress took place in Milan in the Sforza Castle and in the palace of the Law School from 6 to 10 September 1926. The closing session was held in Rome at the Capitol on 13 September 1926. Fifty-five countries were represented, with 2000 participants approximately. The main Question discussed at the Milan Congress was the « Autostrade », i.e. special roads reserved solely for motor traffic.

  • Sevilla 1923

    After 10 years of interruption due to the Great War during which transport played a strategic role, the IVth Congress took place in spring 1923 in Seville (Spain). Fifty-five nationalities were represented at that post-war Congress.

  • London 1913

    The third edition of the Congress took place in London from 23 to 27 June 1913. Fifty-two countries were represented, 44 of which by an official delegation of their government for that event, gathering 3,793 participants. For the first time, issues related to the organization of road services and road financing were discussed.

  • Brussels 1910

    At the closing ceremony of the First International Road Congress, Lagasse-De Locht, First Delegate of Belgium, suggested to hold the second congress in Brussels during the 1910 World Fair. The Congress took place in Brussels from 31 July to 7 August 1910. Thirty-eight nationalities were represented, 32 of which by official government delegates, for a total of 2118 participants. In his opening speech, the minister of Public Works, A. Delbeke, said: "We may in truth assert: Via Vita . The road [...]

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