UN lauds PM’s disaster-proof infra bloc
New Delhi: The UN has praised PM Modi for launching the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). With 35 countries as members, this is the second major coalition launched by India outside the UN after the International Solar Alliance, which already has 80 member nations as partners.
In a statement, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) said that it has worked with India and partner countries in building the coalition that will facilitate knowledge exchange, provide technical support and capacity-building. The CDRI, with its office in New Delhi, will set targets for member countries to bring down disaster deaths, economic losses, and strive to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
“CDRI is a transformative initiative that will help cities, communities and governments of the world to build to last. We can prevent and mitigate earthquake, tsunami, flood and storm impact by ensuring that affordable housing, schools, health facilities and public utilities are built in line with robust standards required to survive any natural or manmade hazard likely to occur in aparticular location,” UNDRR head Mami Mizutori said.
India is co-hosting an event with the UNDRR on Wednesday on the sidelines of the SDG Summit 2019 to further deliberate on the significance of investing in resilient infrastructure to achieve climate and development goals.
The focus of the CDRI is on developing resilience in ecological and social infrastructure with emphasis on health and education. On economic infrastructure, the coalition will give special attention to transportation, telecommunications, energy and water.
As a road map for the coalition, the group will look at risk assessment for infrastructure, improvements in standards and regulation for infrastructure sectors, role of finance in promoting disaster resilience of infrastructure, and mechanisms for supporting recovery in infrastructure. India is likely to spend $1.5 trillion on infrastructure in the next 10 years.
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