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25-April-2024

1. PM addresses 6th edition of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Topic: GS3 – Environment – Disaster and disaster management

The topic is crucial for UPSC as it relates to disaster management, infrastructure development, and global cooperation.

 

Context:
●       Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 6th International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, emphasizing investing in resilience and supporting vulnerable regions.

 

Additional information on this news:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 6th edition of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure via video message.
  • He welcomed dignitaries, highlighting the impressive growth of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, now comprising 39 countries and 7 organisations.
  • Modi emphasised investing in resilient infrastructure for a better tomorrow, incorporating resilience into new infrastructure creation and post-disaster rebuilding.
  • Stressing the interconnectedness of the world, he asserted that collective resilience depends on individual country resilience.
  • Modi highlighted supporting the most vulnerable, mentioning CDRI programs for funding projects in Small Island Developing States.
  • He noted the formation of a new Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group during India’s G20 Presidency, aiming for a resilient future.

 

Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (DRI):

●  Definition: Disaster Resilient Infrastructure refers to infrastructure systems and facilities designed, constructed, and managed to withstand natural disasters, climate change impacts, and other hazards, ensuring continuity of services and reducing vulnerability to disasters.

Importance:

●  Risk Reduction: DRI enhances the resilience of infrastructure against natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, and tsunamis, minimising damage, loss of life, and economic disruption.

Critical Services: Resilient infrastructure ensures the continuous provision of critical services such as water supply, energy, transportation, telecommunications, and healthcare during and after disasters, supporting disaster response and recovery efforts.

Socio-Economic Stability: Disaster-resilient infrastructure strengthens socio-economic stability and resilience by reducing infrastructure-related risks, protecting livelihoods, and safeguarding investments in infrastructure development.

Climate Adaptation: DRI integrates climate change adaptation measures into infrastructure planning, design, and construction, addressing future climate risks, uncertainties, and extreme weather events.

Long-term Sustainability: Investing in disaster-resilient infrastructure promotes long-term sustainability, environmental protection, and resource efficiency, contributing to sustainable development goals and resilient communities.

Community Safety: Resilient infrastructure enhances community safety, public health, and well-being by minimizing the impact of disasters on human lives, property, and infrastructure assets.

 

PYQ: Describe various measures taken in India for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) before and after signing ‘Sendai Framework for DRR (2015-2030)’. How is this framework different from ‘Hyogo Framework for Action, 2005? (250 words/15m) (UPSC CSE (M) GS-3 2018)
Practice Question:  Discuss the significance of investing in resilient infrastructure and fostering global cooperation in disaster management, with reference to the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. (250 Words /15 marks)

 

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