International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure gets Cabinet approval, to be launched at UN climate summit
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
The International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) has received approval from Union Cabinet. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the establishment of CDRI along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi. PM Modi had earlier given his approval to the project on August 13, 2019.
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, US on September 23, 2019. The climate summit, organized by the UN Secretary-General, will bring together the largest number of heads of states to generate consensus and commitment to fight against adverse effects of climate change and resulting disasters. Hence, the event will provide the high-level visibility required for the CDRI.
The Union Cabinet has given the following approvals:
• Establishment of the International ‘CDRI’ along with its supporting Secretariat office in New Delhi
• Establishment of the CDRI Secretariat as a Society under the Societies Registration Act,1860 in New Delhi as ‘CDRI Society’ or similar name as per the availability. The memorandum of association and by-laws of the ‘CDRI Society’ will be prepared and finalized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
• Approval for government support to the tune of Rs 480 crore to CDRI to fund research projects and technical assistance, for setting up of the Secretariat office and covering recurring expenditures for 5 years from 2019-2014.
• Formation of a charter document that will act as the founding document of the CDRI. The charter will be finalized after incorporating inputs of the potential member countries by the NDMA in consultation with the External Affairs Ministry.
The coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure will serve as a common platform where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure.
The infrastructure will bring together technical expertise from a multitude of stakeholders and in this process, it will create a mechanism to assist countries to upgrade their capacities and practices concerning infrastructure development in accordance with their risk context and economic needs.
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure will benefit all sections of the society, especially the weaker sections including women and children, who are the most vulnerable to disasters. These sections will now benefit from the improvement of knowledge and practice in creating disaster-resilient infrastructure.
The infrastructure will also benefit all areas with high disaster risk. In India, the north-eastern and Himalayan regions are prone to earthquakes, coastal areas to cyclones and tsunamis and central peninsular region to droughts.
The global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure is expected to 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.
The focus on disaster resilient infrastructure would simultaneously address the loss reduction targets under the Sendai Framework, address a number of SDGs and also contribute to climate change adaptation.
Further, the publication of natural hazard risk information about the different regions in India will allow the public to understand the risk in their regions and demand for risk mitigation and preparedness measures from their local and state Governments.