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Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for the Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
What is CDRI?
- It will serve as a platform where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure.
- It will bring together technical expertise from a multitude of stakeholders.
- In doing so, it will create a mechanism to assist countries to upgrade their capacities and practices, with regard to infrastructure development in accordance with their risk context and economic needs.
When it will be launched?
- It is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, USA on 23rd September 2019.
- This event will bring together the largest number of Heads of States to generate commitments for combating the effects of climate change and resulting disasters, and will provide the high-level visibility required for the CDRI.
Who will benefit?
- Economically weaker sections of society, women and children, are the most vulnerable to the impacts of disasters.
- Hence, they will be benefitted from the improvement of knowledge and practice in creating disaster resilient infrastructure.
- In India, the north-eastern and Himalayan regions are prone to earthquakes, coastal areas to cyclones and tsunamis and central peninsular region to droughts.
- This initiative will benefit all sections of society and all areas with high disaster risk.
Need for CDRI
- A global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure would address concerns that are common to developing and developed countries, small and large economies, countries at early and advanced stages of infrastructure development, and countries that have moderate or high disaster risk.
- Few concrete initiatives work at the intersection of Sendai Framework, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change Adaptation with a focus on infrastructure.
- Focus on disaster resilient infrastructure will simultaneously address the loss reduction targets under the Sendai Framework.
- It will address a number of SDGs and also contribute to climate change adaptation.