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PM Addresses 3rd Edition of Annual Conference of  ICDRI 2021

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PM addresses International Conference on Disaster resilient InfrastructurePrime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi addressed the 3rd Edition of the Annual Conference of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure 2021 (ICDRI 2021).  The Conference took place virtually from March 17-19, 2021 and was hosted by Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

  • ICDRI is an International Workshop hosted annually by CDRI.
  • Objective – To strengthen the global discourses on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.
  • The  conference was addressed by PM Modi;UK PM Boris Johnson;PM of Italy Mario Draghi OMRI;Josaia Voreqq Bainimarama, PM of Fiji.


i.During the event discussions were held on Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris agreement & the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

  • PM Modi stated that CDRI must maximize the demonstration effect of the application of technology.
  • He also stated that the role played by key infrastructure sectors such as Health & Digital during the pandemic should be taken note. The sectors must be made more resilient for the future.

ii.Sessions were held on topics of

  • Global Infrastructure Risk Assessment
  • Reimagining Global Health Infrastructure and Supply Chain Systems Towards A Resilient Future
  • Situating Resilient Infrastructure in the Context of International Commitments


  • During the event, the 27-member European Union joined the CDRI.
  • The EU highlighted the increase of climate-related extreme events across the world. It also stated that COVID-19 has reinforced the need for robust disaster preparedness and investment in renewable energy, green infrastructure, energy and resource efficiency and circular economy.

US pledges funds up to USD 9.2 million

  • The US announced funds of up to USD 9.2 Million for supporting CDRI.
  • The funds are subject to approval from the US Congress.
  • The funds are aimed at encouraging disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)

i.It was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019.

  • It aims to promote research and knowledge sharing in areas of infrastructure risk management, standards, financing & recovery mechanisms.
  • India is the Chair of the organization while the UK being the Co-chair.

ii.Membership –  22 Countries & 6 Development Partners (as of 2nd March, 2021)

  • Countries – Afghanistan, Africa, Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK & USA
  • 6 Organizations – Asian Development Bank (ADB); World Bank Group;United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR);ARISE, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies;Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI)

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i.On December 12, 2020, the virtual Climate Ambition Summit 2020 was held to provide a platform for government and non-governmental leaders to demonstrate their commitment to the Paris Agreement and the multilateral process. It was co-hosted by the United Kingdom (UK), the United Nations (UN) and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy.

About Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI):

Director General – Sandeep Poundrik
Head Office – New Delhi (Interim Headquarters)