India and US Co-Chair CDRI, Promoting Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure Globally

India and the US co-chaired the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, expanding its reach and introducing tools to support resilient infrastructure globally. As the co-chairmanship transitions to France, the need for $9.2 trillion in annual investment to enhance resilience by 2050 is highlighted.

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India and US Co-Chair CDRI, Promoting Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure Globally

India and US Co-Chair CDRI, Promoting Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure Globally

India and the United States co-chaired the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) from 2022 to 2024, working together to advance disaster-resilient infrastructure on a global scale. During their tenure, CDRI expanded its membership to 46 members, including 39 countries, 6 multilateral organizations, and a private sector association.

Under the leadership of India and the US, CDRI introduced several key initiatives and tools to support its mission. The organization released the world's first Global Infrastructure Risk Model and Resilience Index, which help countries predict risks and estimate the economic impact of disasters on infrastructure. CDRI also launched programs to invest in a future-ready workforce, such as the Infrastructure Resilience Academic eXchange and the Higher Education Partnership for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, enabling students and professionals to innovate solutions for resilient infrastructure.

As the co-chairmanship transitions to France in April 2024, the United States remains actively engaged with CDRI in support of its objectives. The organization calls on governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector, and investors to prioritize financing for projects that strengthen infrastructure resilience and mitigate the impacts of disasters and climate change.

Why this matters: With the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters due to climate change, building resilient infrastructure is essential for protecting lives, livelihoods, and economies worldwide. The collaborative efforts of India, the US, and other nations through CDRI demonstrate the importance of global cooperation in addressing this critical challenge.

Dr. P.K. Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in infrastructure development towards resilience and sustainability. He highlighted the massive investment of $9.2 trillion required annually to address infrastructure deficits, achieve Sustainable Development Goals, reach net-zero emissions, and enhance resilience by 2050. "We need to integrate resilience into infrastructure projects to attract the necessary funding, especially in the global south," Dr. Mishra stated, urging stakeholders to focus on mobilizing finance and utilizing tools like the Global Infrastructure Risk Model for infrastructure planning.

Key Takeaways

  • India and US co-chaired CDRI from 2022-2024, expanding membership to 46 members.
  • CDRI introduced global infrastructure risk model and resilience index, workforce programs.
  • France to take over CDRI co-chairmanship in April 2024, US remains actively engaged.
  • Resilient infrastructure is critical to protect lives, livelihoods, and economies worldwide.
  • $9.2 trillion annual investment needed to address infrastructure deficits and enhance resilience.