Cabinet approves Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

  1. The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi.
  2. The CDRI is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, USA on 23rd September 2019.
  3. The CDRI will serve as a platform to generate and exchange knowledge on different aspects of disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure.
  4. It will bring together technical expertise from a multitude of stakeholders to create a mechanism to assist countries to upgrade their capacities and practices with regard to infrastructure development.
  5. At the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), 2016 India had advocated for a coalition for promoting disaster resilient infrastructure. A task force was constituted by the Home Ministry which in 2018 had submitted its report on “Establishing a Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)
  6. The AMCDRR is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries and the UNISDR. At AMCDRR 2016, ‘New Delhi Declaration’ and the ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’ were adopted. New Delhi Declaration is a political statement which spells out the commitment of participating governments towards preventing and reducing disaster risk, and strengthening the resilience of communities, nations in the Asian region.
  7. The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement on disaster risk reduction. It was adopted in 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.