The international alliance, CDRI, which was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in 2019, now has 22 countries, four international partners, and two private sector organisations as members.
India created the Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in 2019. Canada has joined the effort.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the international coalition at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019, and it now includes 22 countries, four foreign partners, and two private sector organisations.
The CDRI is important at this crucial juncture as the world focuses on global resilience and recovery, following the collective global experience of managing the ravages of the pandemic, according to a release from the Indian high commission in Ottawa.
Minister of infrastructure and communities Catherine McKenna announced the Canadian decision and said “People around the world are feeling the profound effects of climate change. From forest fires in Canada to flooding in Europe to extreme heat in India, the impacts of a changing climate are real and significant. Canada recognises the need to join India and countries from around the globe to build a world that is more resilient to the impacts of climate change”.
She emphasised the difficulty posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that the CDRI “plays an important role” in the global recovery effort.
According to the announcement, India’s external affairs minister, S Jaishankar, encouraged Ottawa to join the alliance and “welcomed Canada as a valued and trusted partner.”
“A partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development,” according to the CDRI.