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20/03/2020

UK Appointed To Lead Global Climate Fight

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The UK is set to join forces with India to lead a global climate initiative.

Established by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is a voluntary international grouping, linking governments, UN agencies, banks, private sector groups, and academia to develop the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks.

The UK will join India as the first co-chair of the Governing Council, the highest policy-making body of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). Every two years a representative of another national government nominated will join India as co-chair.

The UK was represented at the first council meeting by UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the minister participated remotely over video link from the UK. The minister, who is President of the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), also held a meeting with Pramod Kumar Mishra, the Indian Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, over videoconference.

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Secretary of State for Business and Energy and COP26 President Alok Sharma said: "I was pleased to be able to join the inaugural meeting and confirm the UK as the first co-chair of the CDRI. Delivering action on climate change remains a priority for the UK and I am sure that the UK-India partnership on climate action will help see progress on reducing emissions and help make India's infrastructure fit for the future."

Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India, added: "The UK is already working closely with India as a joint force for good on climate change. We believe the India-led CDRI will bring about a transformation in how infrastructure is designed, constructed, operated and maintained. This year is a crucial year for our climate, and I am confident that UK-India leadership on climate action can deliver substantial progress towards reducing emissions and helping to build resilience globally."

The UK will provide technical advice and expertise to help set up and build the Secretariat and advance the objectives of the Coalition. The initial focus will be on disaster and climate risk analysis and governance of infrastructure.

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