Prime Minister’s address from the forum of The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)
Recently, the Prime Minister addressed the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) through video conference.
The ICDRI is an annual international conference on Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), in partnership with member countries, organizations and institutions to strengthen global discourse on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.
- “The Coalition for Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)” is a multi-stakeholder global partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programs, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector and knowledge institutions is a multi-stakeholder global partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programs, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector and knowledge institutions.
- Thematic Areas: Governance and Policy, Risk Identification and Assessment, Standards and Certification, Capacity Building, Innovation and Emerging Technology, Recovery and Reconstruction, Finance and Community Based Approaches.
- It aims to promote the flexibility of new and existing infrastructure systems for climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.
- CDRI Secretariat is located in New Delhi, India.
- Members: 22 countries and 7 organizations in total.
Benefits and importance of CDRI:
- The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), highlights the role of flexible improved infrastructure as a cornerstone for sustainable development.
- This initiative will benefit all sections of the society
- Economically weaker sections of society, women and children, are the most vulnerable to the effects of disasters and, therefore, will benefit from the improvement of knowledge and practice in creating disaster resilient infrastructure.
- It will also benefit all areas with high disaster risk.
- In India, it was helpful in diagnosing the problem of earthquakes in the north-eastern and Himalayan regions, cyclones and tsunamis in coastal areas and drought hazards in the central peninsular region.
- CDRI increases India’s soft power, but more importantly, it means more than just economics, which provides sustainable and inclusive development in the form of synergy between Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, Climate Accord.
- Creates opportunities for Indian infrastructure and technology firms to expand services abroad.
Why do we need a global alliance?:
- Many countries, including India, have developed strong disaster management practices over the years, which have helped to rapidly reduce the number of human casualties in a disaster. However, the economic cost of a disaster would have been huge, mainly due to damage to large infrastructure.
- A Global Alliance for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure will address concerns that are common between developing and developed countries, small and large economies, countries with early and advanced stages of infrastructure development, and common or high disaster risk countries.
Source – PIB