Cabinet approves ratification of the Headquarters Agreement (HQA) between India and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)

New Delhi, June 28, 2023

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for ratification of the Headquarters Agreement (HQA) between the Government and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) signed on August 22, 2022.

The CDRI was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019, in New York.

Earlier, the Cabinet had approved the setting up of CDRI along with its supporting Secretariat in New Delhi and also the financial support of Rs 480 crore to CDRI over a period of 5 years from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

CDRI is a global partnership of National Governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector and academic & knowledge institutions that aim to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks, thereby ensuring sustainable development.

Since its launch, 31 countries, six international organisations and two private sector organisations have become members. CDRI has been expanding its membership consistently by attracting a wide variety of economically advanced countries, developing countries and countries that are most vulnerable to climate change and disasters.

Ratification of the signed Headquarters Agreement between Gol and CDRI will facilitate the grant of exemptions, immunities and privileges as contemplated under Section- 3 of the United Nations (Privileges & Immunities) Act, 1947 will provide CDRI with an independent and international legal persona so that it can carry out its functions internationally, more efficiently.


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