Speaking at the launch of IRIS at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Modi said, “The initiative gives new hope, new confidence and satisfaction of doing something for most vulnerable countries”.
The Prime Minister pointed out that small island developing states are the most threatened with climate change. “For them, it’s a matter of life and death, a challenge to their existence. Calamities due to climate change can become devastation for them. It isn’t not only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy,” he said.
“The past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources. It’s a huge threat,” PM Modi added.
In an effort to develop infrastructure of small island nations, Modi said, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will build a special data window for them to provide them timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring etc. through satellite.
The launch, which forms part of the India-UK Coalition for Disaster Resilient infrastructure (CDRI), marks the start of day two of the World Leaders’ Summit.
IRIS is essentially part of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure that would focus on building capacity, having pilot projects especially in small island developing states that would also involve in some senses, setting up norms and standards for resilient infrastructure.
PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit.
The COP26 is taking place under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP26 is titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) and the summit has participation by heads of state/government of over 120 countries. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to participate in the event.
-With agency inputs
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