President to seek parliamentary approval for Maldives to join the CDR

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: President's Office

Male’, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has decided to seek the consideration of the Parliament to join the charter of Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), following Cabinet’s approval of the proposal on Tuesday.

At the virtual Cabinet session held this afternoon, the Minister of Defense Mariya Ahmed Didi noted that the CDRI is a “partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks, thereby ensuring sustainable development”.

The charter was submitted by India, and the Maldives expressed its support for the charter at the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. The charter promotes investments in disaster-resilient infrastructure development and aligns with the government’s strategic action plan.

The President’s Office reported that main aim of the charter is to develop resources and measures to mitigate the impact on infrastructure resulting from crises related to climate change, and to seek avenues for adaptation in existing infrastructure. The aim, vision and mission of the charter are to include aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, and climate change addressed in the Paris Agreement; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The collaborative partnership enables the exchange and spread of scientifically accurate knowledge, enabling the contribution of all stakeholders to strengthen the resilience of infrastructure systems.