Nine countries willing to join the global initiative led by India to build disaster-resistant infrastructure

NEW DELHI: Nine countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and Sri Lanka, have decided to join India's global initiative to build disaster-resistant infrastructure as a key adaptation measure to combat the disastrous consequences of climate change.

These countries have expressed their willingness to join this global platform - Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) - before (COP25) that will begin in Madrid on Monday.

The other five countries on the list include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Fiji, Mauritius and Mongolia. India has already shared its letter with 38 potential member countries, including.

More countries are expected to join this initiative during COP25, whose high-level segment will be assisted by the Union's environment minister Prakash Javadekar next week, said an environmental ministry official.

Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in September, the CDRI will create a mechanism to help countries improve their infrastructure based on their vulnerability, disaster risk and economic needs.

After coming true (ISA), the CDRI is India's second major global initiative to face the challenge of climate change. India has allocated Rs 480 crore (approximately $ 70 million) to establish the CDRI secretariat in New Delhi and cover its recurring expenses over a period of five years until 2023-24.

In addition to providing access to knowledge, technology and capacity building for infrastructure developers, the Coalition will create opportunities for Indian infrastructure and technology companies to expand their services abroad, mainly in Africa, Asia and small island countries in developing.

India is expected to present the CDRI during COP25, signaling the vulnerability of many countries when the world is already 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial period (level 1850-1900).

COP25 is the last UN conference on climate change before 2020, when countries are expected to present their respective new climate action plans. Many scientific reports have already highlighted that the current promises of all countries together are not enough to meet the most important climate objective of stabilizing the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The UN conference in Madrid is also important to finalize the rules on how countries can reduce their emissions using international carbon markets. The various aspects of carbon markets/trade are covered by Article 6 of the.

“I look forward to a clear demonstration of the increased ambition and climate action commitment of COP25. Leaders of all countries must show responsibility and responsibility. Anything else would be a betrayal of our entire human family and all generations to come, he tweeted. Antonio Guterres , UN Secretary General, on Sunday.