For Immediate Release
The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) 2022 wraps up with a call for a human-centered approaches to building resilient infrastructure for a sustainable future
New Delhi, May 6, 2022: The fourth edition of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) 2022 concluded in New Delhi today. The three-day conference, organized by the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), in partnership with the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), brought together member countries, organizations, and institutions to strengthen the global discourse on disaster and climate resilience of transitioning infrastructure systems and catalyze global action.
Addressing the closing session of the event, Dr. P.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister Office, Government of India and CDRI Governing Council Co-chair said, “This year’s edition of the conference has chosen to focus on issues pertaining to the resilience of transitioning infrastructure systems. This is a step towards making us future-ready! The fact that the conference has attracted nearly 2000 participants from across the world underlines the relevance and timeliness of the theme of this year’s ICDRI.”
Speaking on the effects of climate change, Samantha Power, USAID Administrator and CDRI Governing Council Co-chair, remarked that “The answer must be building resilience. We, the collective 35 members of the CDRI gathered today, along with two private sector coalitions representing over 400 companies, must invest, learn from each other, and recruit new partners to harden our infrastructure against the shocks we know our planet has in store.”
At the conference, CDRI and its members pledged to innovate and work collaboratively to create resilient infrastructure for safer societies. Themes focused on the most vulnerable and emphasized the need to put people and services at the core of resilient infrastructure solutions. The conference covered a range of topics that delved into technological innovations, standards and benchmarking for infrastructure resilience, managing of cascading risks for enhancing disaster resilience, creating a supportive and cutting edge policy environment, knowledge and capacity building initiatives, and the diversity of partnerships and collaboration to build disaster resilient infrastructure. These focus areas of work provide a strategic outline to guide the efforts of CDRI.
The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), launched by the Hon. Prime Minister of India at the Climate Action Summit in New York in 2019, is a multi-stakeholder global partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programs, multilateral development banks, the private sector, academic and knowledge institutions. CDRI is led and managed by national governments, where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster resilience of infrastructure.
CDRI aims to address the challenges of building resilience into infrastructure systems and associated development. It provides a forum for countries at all stages of development — to access knowledge and resources from other members, to make their infrastructure resilient and thus, contribute to each other’s economic growth and progress. It promotes rapid development of resilient infrastructure to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals’ imperatives of expanding universal access to basic services, enabling prosperity and decent work.
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