COVID-19 taught World that no one is ‘immune’ to global disaster, says PM Narendra Modi

March 17, 2021 | Updated 4:49 pm

COVID-19 taught World that no one is ‘immune’ to global disaster, says PM Narendra Modi PM Narendra Modi- (Photo: official handle Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure said that the Coronavirus pandemic has taught many lessons to the world. The global disaster left no one untouched whether the country was rich or poor. PM Narendra Modi made such points during his address to the virtual summit on Wednesday (March 17).

“COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that in an inter-dependent and inter-connected world, no country- rich or poor, in the east or west, north or south- is immune to the effect of global disasters, PM Narendra Modi at International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure said.

During his address, he highlighted the importance of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) which in his words has become “more evident” than ever. “Just as the fight against the pandemic mobilized the energies of the world’s seven billion people, our quest for resilience must build on the initiative and imagination of each and every individual on this planet,” he noted.

“On one hand, the pandemic has shown us how impacts can quickly spread across the world. On the other hand, it has shown how the world can come together to fight a common threat,” he said.

Narendra Modi also underlined the importance of various infrastructure systems that form the backbone of the world economy. He reiterated that in a world that is interconnected through shipping line and aviation networks, disruption in one end of the world can have a domino effect on the other side of the planet. “Many infrastructure systems- digital infrastructure, shipping lines, aviation networks- cover the entire world. Effect of disaster in one part of the world can quickly spread across the world. Cooperation is a must for ensuring the resilience of the global system,” he added.

Speaking at the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, the Prime Minister called on global leader to come together for sustained and concentrated efforts in mitigating climate change. “We also need to adapt to changes that are being observed in the communities around the world. In such a context, the importance of the coalition has become even more evident,” he said. “If we can make our investment in infrastructure resilience, it can be a centerpiece of our wider adaption efforts. Countries that are making large investments in infrastructure such as India must ensure that this is an investment in resilience and not in risk,” he said.

The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI 2021) is an interactive virtual conference that follows International Workshops on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) held in 2018 and 2019. ICDRI is the annual international conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in partnership with member countries, organizations and institutions to strengthen the global discourse on disaster and climate-resilient infrastructure.