IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 24 September 2019

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Prime Minister announces Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure at UN Climate Action Summit 2019

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi announced a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 held in New York City, USA.

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  • The partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks, financing mechanisms, private sector, and knowledge institutions will promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks, thereby ensuring sustainable development.
  • Developed through consultations with more than 35 countries, CDRI envisions enabling measurable reduction in infrastructure losses from disasters, including extreme climate events. CDRI thus aims to enable the achievement of objectives of expanding universal access to basic services and enabling prosperity as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals, while also working at the intersection of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Established as a platform for generating and exchanging knowledge, CDRI will conduct country-specific and global activities. CDRI will provide member countries technical support and capacity development, research and knowledge management, and advocacy and partnerships to facilitate and encourage investment in disaster resilient infrastructure systems.
  • In its formative stage, CDRI will focus on developing resilience in ecological infrastructure, social infrastructure with a concerted emphasis on health and education, and economic infrastructure with special attention to transportation, telecommunications, energy, and water.
  • Within 2-3 years, the coalition aims to have a 3-fold impact of achieving considerable changes in member countries’ policy frameworks, future infrastructure investments and high reduction in economic losses from climate-related events and natural disasters across sectors. CDRI will uphold the UN Agenda 2030 principle of leaving no one, no place, and no ecosystem behind, focusing on the most vulnerable regions and populations, while enabling inclusive and deliberative processes that recognize national and local efforts as primal.
  • An event is also being co-hosted by the Government of India and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) on September 25, 2019 on the sidelines of SDG Summit 2019 to further deliberate on the significance of investing in resilient infrastructure to achieve climate and development goals. This side event will also provide an opportunity to the Government of India and UNDRR to provide an overview and objectives of CDRI, and establish key milestones for its work over the coming years.

5thIndia International Science Festival to be held in Kolkata from 5th to 8th November, 2019.

The 5th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 will be held at Kolkata from 5th to 8th November, 2019.

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  • The IISF 2019 is the fifth edition since its inception in 2015. The first and second IISF were held in New Delhi, the third in Chennai and the fourth IISF was held in Lucknow, which witnessed a widespread participation from over 10 lakh people worldwide.
  • India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019, an annual eventorganised jointly by science & technology- related Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and VijnanaBharati (Vibha), 2019.
  • IISF is a festival to celebrate the achievements of India’s scientific and technological advancements with students, innovators, craftsmen, farmers, scientists and technocrats from India and abroad.
  • IISF 2019 expects to host a gathering of approximately 12,000 participants from India and abroad.

President Shri Ram NathKovind inaugurates 6th India Water Week – 2019

Union Minister for Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat said that India is eager to share the best practices and also to learn from experiences of others on all important issues relating to water, as such discussions help in fine tuning policies and strategies for optimal utilization of this valuable resource.

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  • He was addressing the 6thIndia Water Week-2019.
  • India has forged and strengthened international cooperation with 14 countries like Israel, Canada, Japan, Germany and UK in this regard.
  • In the face of geographical diversity of India and the problems related to waters, Ministry has come up with Jal Shakti Abhiyan, whichis a collaborative effort of the Central and State Governments to accelerate progress on water conservation activitiesin the most water stressed blocks and districts of India. Under this campaign, the entire Government of India machinery of over 1000 senior Central Government officers have joined the States to promote focused interventions for water collection and conservation, including restoration and renovation of traditional water bodies.
  • The theme of this year’s India Water week is “Water cooperation: Coping with 21stCentury Challenges”.
  • Japan and European Union have been associated as partner countries for this mega event.
  • Ministry of Jal Shakti has been organizing India Water Week since 2012as an international event to focus on water related issues.
  • Five editions of India Water Week have been organized so far.
  • About 1500 delegates from India and abroad are participating in this event, which includes about 63 delegates from 28 countries
  • Many reputed National and International Organizations, Research Institutes, Educational Institutions and NGOs from water resources, agriculture, power sectors etc. are participating in the event to share their knowledge and experience in the sector.



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