Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is an international partnership of various organizations and governments working to promote disaster resilience. PM Modi promoted CDRI as an important global initiative.


The CDRI is a partnership between UN programs, governments and institutions, academic institutions, development banks and the private sector. The first focus of CDRI is on the development of disaster resistance in ecological, social and economic infrastructure. It aims to make a big difference in the political framework of member countries and future infrastructure investment, and to significantly reduce the economic loss caused by disasters.  CDRI’s partnership is not based on rights or obligations. It should be noted that the resolutions, guidelines and standards of the coalition are not binding on the members.

In the year 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit PM Modi launched this initiative. The ideas behind the CDRI were presented at the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction where India’s intention to work with partner countries and key stakeholders to form a coalition working towards the ambition to improve the resilience of infrastructure to disasters was talked about. Its secretariat is in New Delhi. This is a platform for knowledge generation and exchange, and also develops national and global plans. CDRI provides Member States with technical support and capacity building, knowledge management, research, advocacy and partnerships to promote and encourage investment in disaster-resistant infrastructure systems.

Objectives of CDRI

CDRI aims to address the various issues which are associated with strengthening infrastructure systems and other related developments. It contributes to the resilience of existing as well as new infrastructure systems to natural and climate disaster risks so as to support sustainable development. The CDRI was developed in consultation with more than 35 countries and aims to significantly reduce the loss of infrastructure due to disasters. CDRI supports the development of infrastructure to meet the various associated needs of sustainable development goals. It works towards standardization of design, processes, and regulations related to infrastructure management and creation.

Need for Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Infrastructure is an important driver of economic growth. Rapidly growing demand for the world’s population and unpredictable risk patterns have added to the burden on existing infrastructure and new infrastructure is being built in endangered areas. According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, improving the disaster resilience of infrastructure is the foundation of sustainable development. One of the objectives of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to focus on infrastructure as an important prerequisite for achieving other disaster risk reduction goals under the framework. Therefore, building disaster-resilient infrastructure systems is essential for sustainable economic growth. India has been praised for reducing the loss of life caused by disasters, but it lags behind when it comes to protecting property and infrastructure in the event of a natural disaster or extreme weather. The World Bank estimated that economic losses from natural disasters in the late 1990s and early 2000s amounted to close to 2% of GDP.


Much of the money needed to cover the costs of the first five years comes from India. Members are not obliged to make a financial contribution to the coalition. However, one can volunteer economically or otherwise dispatch experts to the CDRI secretariat to hold workshops and meetings to support travel.

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