UN lauds PM’s dis­as­ter-proof in­fra bloc

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

AP

MAK­ING A MARK: A girl gets a tat­too, de­pict­ing Modi and Trump, done on her back in prepa­ra­tion of Navra­tri, in Ahmed­abad, on Tues­day

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