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Infrastructure for Resilient Island States Initiative

Infrastructure for Resilient Island States’ Initiative- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: International Relations- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • GS Paper 3: Environment- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation.

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Infrastructure for Resilient Island States’ Initiative- Context

  • Recently, the Prime Minister of India launched the Initiative for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) for developing infrastructure of small island nations at the COP26 of UNFCCC at Glasgow.

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Infrastructure for Resilient Island States’ Initiative- Key Points

  • About: The Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS) is an initiative under the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
    • The Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS) is the first major initiative by India under the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
  • Mandate: The Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS) aims to create a disaster-resilient infrastructure that can minimize human and economic loss of the small island countries during various disasters.
  • Funding: Australia, India and the UK have committed initial funding of $10 million under the Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS). More countries like Japan are expected to join it.
  • Timely Information: ISRO will build a special data window for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to provide them timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring, etc. through satellite.

COP26 Glasgow Summit of UNFCC- India’s Commitments

 

Small island developing states (SIDS): Key points

  • About: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a group of 38 UN Member States and 20 Non-UN Members/Associate Members of UN regional commissions.
  • Prone to Disasters: They are most vulnerable to climate change-induced calamities.
    • Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are up against their common enemy that is climate change and resultant disasters.
    • Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face unique social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities.
    • Vulnerable small island states are in the frontline of loss and damage that is caused by global warming.
    • UN Global Assessment Report (2017): SIDS countries account for two-thirds of the countries in the world that suffer the highest relative losses due to disasters.

COP26 Glasgow Summit of UNFCC- India’s Commitments

 

COP26 Glasgow Summit of UNFCC- India’s Commitments

 

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