Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

News: While speaking at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the launch of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)


About Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

  • It is an international knowledge and capacity development platform where countries can collaborate to make their existing and new infrastructure strong enough to withstand natural disasters.
  • Aim: To rapidly expand the development of resilient infrastructure and retrofit existing infrastructure for resilience, and to enable a measurable reduction in infrastructure losses. Also seeks to act as an intersection of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Objectives:
    • identify and promote best practices,
    • provide access to capacity building,
    • Work towards standardisation of designs, processes and regulations relating to infrastructure creation and management.
    • Identify and estimate the risks to, and from, large infrastructure in the event of different kinds of disasters in member countries.
  • CDRI secretariat will be set up in New Delhi, India. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is operating as the interim secretariat of CDRI as of now.

Additional information:

The Sendai Framework

  • It 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.

The Paris agreement (2015)

  • It is an international agreement with the framework of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • It seeks to combat climate change and accelerate the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
  • The Paris agreement aims to:
    • keep global temperature rise in 21st century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and
    • pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius