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First meeting between India and Luxembourg in 20 years:
The first meeting between India and Luxembourg in 20 years was held recently.
The meeting resulted in three new bilateral agreements.
- All three agreements are in the financial space to promote trade ties between India and Luxembourg.
- Luxembourg is the third largest foreign investor in India.
The three agreements that have been signed are:
- Luxembourg Stock Exchange with State Bank of India (SBI).
- Luxembourg Stock Exchange with the India International Stock Exchange (INX).
- LuxInnovation and Invest India.
Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI):
India also invited Luxembourg to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
Launched by Modi in September 2019 at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York, US.
It is a platform where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure.
- It will create a mechanism to assist countries to upgrade their capacities and practices, with regard to infrastructure development in accordance with their risk context and economic needs.
Benefits and significance:
This initiative will benefit all sections of society.
- Economically weaker sections of society, women and children, are the most vulnerable to the impacts of disasters and hence, will be benefitted from the improvement of knowledge and practice in creating disaster resilient infrastructure.
- It will also benefit all areas with high disaster risk.
- In India, the north-eastern and Himalayan regions are prone to earthquakes, coastal areas to cyclones and tsunamis and central peninsular region to droughts.
Why do we need a global coalition?
Many countries, including India, have over the years developed robust disaster management practices that have helped in sharply reducing human casualties in a disaster. However, the economic costs of a disaster remain huge, mainly due to the damage caused to big infrastructure.
- A global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure would address concerns that are common to developing and developed countries, small and large economies, countries at early and advanced stages of infrastructure development, and countries that have moderate or high disaster risk.
- Luxembourg- location.
- About the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
Discuss the objectives of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
Sources: the Hindu.