Urban resilience discussed at the AMCDRR 2018

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The Government of Mongolia is hosting a featured event ‘Strengthening Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and Urban Resilience’ at the AMCDRR 2018. The session discussed one of the pressing global issues: urbanization and its resilience.

Opening the session Minister of Construction and Urban Development Kh.Badilkhan, noted that the governments and stakeholders must incorporate the development of resilient infrastructure into broader urban resilience frameworks and initiatives.

Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India, Dr. P.K. Mishra mentioned the importance of exploding interdependency between disaster resilient infrastructure and urban resilience. “Steady progress in improving disaster resilient infrastructure can reduce the number of people affected by disaster and economic and infrastructure losses. With the improvement of infrastructure, we can meet the major targets and objectives of the Sendai Framework,” he said.

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) report, USD 1.7 trillion need to be invested to the Asian infrastructure, so that it meets the disaster resilience standards. Mr. Mishra also emphasized that the private sector involvement in improving urban resilience is crucial. He also noted that the investments to the resilient infrastructure is extremely beneficial and it is not an additional expense.

During the session the participants intend to define ways to ensure global sustainable development through establishing disaster resilient infrastructure and reducing possible risks at the regional level, while sharing information on pressing issues and learning best practices of the countries.