Envisioning a People-centered and Resilient Infrastructure Transition
4 - 6 May 2022 | The Oberoi, New Delhi
The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) is the annual conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). It brings together member countries, organizations and institutions to strengthen the global discourse on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.
In 2018 and 2019, the first and second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure took place in New Delhi, India. ICDRI 2021 was hosted virtually. The fourth edition of ICDRI is being organized in partnership with the United States Government, from 4 to 6 May 2022 at The Oberoi, New Delhi, in hybrid format.
We are in the midst of several global transitions. There is a demographic transition with increase in population as well as a change in the age composition. We are witnessing rapid urbanization that is changing the demand for energy, transport, housing, health, education and telecom and concomitant infrastructure needs. There are transitions in our social interactions and behaviour, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic decoupled people from their places of work and changed the dynamics of transportation and telecommunication demand. This is all happening against the backdrop of a changing climate. Dealing with climate change concerns as well as ensuring just and sustainable development has motivated greater alignment and commitments across the 2030 global agendas – SDGs, Paris Agreement and SFDRR. These transitions are changing the way we are reimaging our future and the infrastructure that will get built. Also, at the heart of these complex transitions, are people.
In light of these transitions, new questions arise with regard to the notion of “resilient infrastructure”. What new energy or transport infrastructure will be built in the years to come? How will cascading risks be managed given deeper integration across infrastructure systems? How can people be made change agents in building resilient infrastructure? What role will human-centered design play in building forward and building back better? How can disaster risk-financing be embedded in all infrastructure investment decisions? How can new technology be leveraged for resilience? How will governments around the world navigate these complex set of challenges?
The ICDRI will be an opportunity to address some of these questions and emphasize on resilience of transitioning infrastructure systems as a goal that is instrumental to realizing 1.5oC, climate adaptation for the most vulnerable, and attaining energy transition targets that integrate resilience. It will engage with decision-makers, practitioners, and communities from across the world to discuss challenges, identify good practices, develop collaboration, and galvanize concrete actions.