The USA Advocates Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) for the Upcoming 3-Day Virtual International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in partnership with member countries, organizations and institutions hosts the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure - ICDRI 2021, a three-day Interactive Virtual Conference scheduled to be held from 17 – 19 March 2021. ICDRI 2021 aims to deliberate on significant international commitments for building disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.

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Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India | The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Honourable Prime Minister of the United Kingdom | Mr. Mario Draghi OMRI, Honourable Prime Minister of Italy | H.E. Mr. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Honourable Prime Minister of Fiji are scheduled to give the inaugural address at ICDRI 2021.

The three-day Interactive Virtual Conference will witness a plethora of eminent personalities, key government dignitaries, specialists and entrepreneurs from across the globe.

  • Mr. John Haley, CEO, Willis Towers Watson and Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP, participating in the session on Situating Resilient Infrastructure in The Context of International Commitments (6.15pm IST, 17 March 2021)
  • Prof. Banny Banerjee, Director and Founder, Stanford ChangeLabs would be involving in the discussion on Innovation and Emerging Technologies (2.30 pm IST, 18 March 2021)
  • Ms. Gloria Steele, Administrator, USAID will participate in a discussion on Perspectives on Governance and Policy For Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (5pm IST, 19 March 2021)

Sneak Peek at ICDRI 2021:

Sandeep Poundrik, Director General, CDRI said, “The esteemed panellists at ICDRI 2021 will deliberate and discuss pressing questions pertaining to Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, and its importance in the world, given the increasing severity and frequency of disasters. They will also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on infrastructure, and on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) targets.”

Mr. Kamal Kishore, India Co-Chair of CDRI’s Executive Committee and Member National Disaster Management Authority said, “The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure 2021 comes at a very unique time. The virtual conference offers interesting possibilities and taking up on the opportunity offered by the virtual platform, we will enlarge the conversation on disaster resilient infrastructure and engage with a range of stakeholders, not just government but also the academia, the civil society organizations, and communities themselves for whom the infrastructure is designed.”

Karen Klimowski, Acting Deputy Mission Director at USAID, said, “We are pleased to join CDRI member countries in addressing the common challenge of building resilient infrastructure, particularly in the context of increasing disaster risk due to extreme weather changes. The US is committed to a dynamic, inclusive, innovative and resilient world and building the world’s collective preparedness and capacity resilient to global shocks.”

CDRI has also launched an online exhibition ‘CDRI Resilient Infrastructure Marketplace’ to match the demand from CDRI Member Countries that require technical services and assistance with companies, universities and organizations that can provide services to meet this demand.