Union Cabinet nod to classify CDRI as an international organization
Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the classification of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) as an international organization.
The Union Cabinet has also approved the signing of ‘Headquarters Agreement’ with CDRI. This approval has been given to CDRI to provide requisite exemptions, immunities and privileges under Section-3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947.
The United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act has been enacted in India to give effect to the Convention on United Nations Privileges and Immunities.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted this convention in the year 1946.
Articles 104 and 105 of the United Nations Charter allow the United Nations to enjoy such legal capacity, privileges and immunities in the territory of each of its member states. These are necessary for the conduct of its functions and fulfillment of its objectives.
The status of an international organization will grant CDRI the recognition of an independent and international legal entity. This will enable it to perform its functions efficiently and effectively on a global scale.
With the status of an international organization, CDRI will be allowed to:
- Permission to appoint experts in India and bring experts from member countries to India.
- Permission to use funds globally and receive contributions from member states.
- Permission to provide technical expertise to assist nations in developing disaster resilient infrastructure.
- Permission to take advantage of international connectivity to boost disaster resilient infrastructure in the country.
Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)
- Its secretariat is in New Delhi.
- CDRI is a multi-stakeholder global partnership of national governments, United Nations agencies and programs, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, academia and other institutions.
- It was launched by the Prime Minister of India at the United Nations Climate Action Summit (New York) in the year
- It was launched to promote and enable infrastructure systems to be climate and disaster risk tolerant. This will ensure sustainable development.
- Since its inception, 31 countries, 6 international organizations and 2 private sector organizations have joined CDRI as members.
Source – The Hindu