The new report on Global Infrastructure Resilience by the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a landmark study. Every government should read it carefully, absorb its crucial messages, and utilize it in the design of long-term infrastructure strategies. The report’s underlying four messages are clear: most of the infrastructure needed for the year 2050 is yet to be built; governments need to scale up massively the investments in infrastructure; infrastructure will be under dire risks of major climatological and geological hazards; governments need to invest in the resilience of the infrastructure and in societal resilience more generally. All of this requires a massive scaling up of public and private financing, as well as the deployment of new methodologies, described in the report, to embed resilience into the planning and design of infrastructure programs.

Jeffrey Sachs

Columbia University