Member countries of the International Transport Forum (ITF) have adopted a package of measures that restrict the participation of Russia and Belarus in the ITF in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
The operational measures were voted at an extraordinary session of the ITF Transport Management Board on May 4. They are in effect immediately and until further notice.
The measures specifically restrict the participation of Russia and Belarus in ITF research and the organization’s Annual Summit.
The ITF statement says “the Russian Federation and Belarus will not be included in ITF research projects and the Bureau of the Transport Research Committee that oversees them”. In addition, “ITF work will not include analysis or research on the Russian Federation or Belarus”. The statement also notes that data, policy analysis and reports on the Russian Federation or Belarus will not be included in communications by the ITF and that the ITF Secretariat is requested to refuse voluntary contributions from the Russian Federation or Belarus.
Further, ITF’s Annual Summit events — with the exception of the statutory Council of Ministers of Transport (closed session) — will not include participation of the Russian Federation or Belarus. This includes Summit events organized by stakeholders.