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5th International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

  • 08 Apr 2023
  • 3 min read

For Prelims: ICDRI, CDRI.

For Mains: Disaster Management.

Why in News?

Recently, the Prime Minister of India, addressed the 5th International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) 2023.

What is ICDRI?

  • About:
  • Highlights of ICDRI 2023:
    • The Prime Minister said that since India is leading the G20 group, the CDRI will be included in many important discussions.
      • This means that the solutions discussed in the CDRI will be considered at the highest levels of global policymaking.

What is CDRI?

  • About:
    • CDRI is an Independent International Organization consisting of global partnership of national governments, United Nations agencies and programs, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and academic and research institutions.
    • CDRI is India's second major global initiative after the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
      • The CDRI Secretariat is based in New Delhi, India.
  • Members:
    • Since its inception, 31 countries, 6 international organisations and 2 private sector organisations have joined CDRI as members.
  • Significance for India:
    • CDRI provides a platform for India to emerge as a global leader in climate Action and Disaster Resilience.
    • It boosts India's soft power, but more importantly it has wider connotation than just economics, as synergy between disaster risk reduction, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Accord provides for sustainable and inclusive growth.

What are the Initiatives of CDRI?

  • Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS):
    • India launched this initiative as a part of the CDRI that would focus on building capacity, having pilot projects, especially in Small Island Developing States or SIDS.
      • SIDS face the biggest threat from climate change.
    • India’s space agency ISRO will build a special data window for them to provide them with timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coastline monitoring etc. through satellite.
  • Infrastructure Resilience Accelerator Fund:

Source: PIB

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