United Nations Current Affairs - 2020

Facts Box: Global Recycling Day

Every year, March 18 is celebrated as Global Recycling Day. The Recyclables are called the “Seventh Resource”. They help to save 700 million tonnes of Carbon-Dioxide every year according to the United Nations. The Global Recycling Day is being organized by Global Recycling Foundation. This year, it operates under the theme

Theme: Recycling Heroes


The Global Recycling Day is supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization as well. The main aim of celebrating the day is to keep the amount of residual waste as minimal as possible.

It was initiated by the Bureau of International Recycling.

Bureau of International Recycling

The Bureau of International Recycling is a non-profit association. It aims to bring together the recycling expertise from all over the world. It aims to lower energy consumption, preserve planet’s natural resources.

Current Scenario

Today, more than 1.6 million people are employed in recycling industry. Around 20 million USD is invested in the industry.

What are the 6-primary resource?

With the recyclables are called the seventh resource, the other six primary resources include water, oil, air, coal, natural gas and minerals.

UK confirmed as first co-chair to India led Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The United Kingdom is to co-chair India led CDRI (Global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure). The CDRI was established by PM Modi at the G20 meet held in 2017

What is CDRI?

Currently, there is no focus being provided to building disaster-resilient infrastructure. Currently, the focus is being provided only to natural disasters. Under this issue as base, the CDRI will aid in reshaping construction. It will aim in building strong climate resilient infrastructures that will reshape construction in core sectors such as energy, transportation, telecommunication and water.


According to Sendai Framework, 1 USD spent in disaster risk reduction is 7 USD gained. However, the developing countries are facing problems to balance economic investment and disaster resilient infrastructure. CDRI will help countries in solving these problems.

India as world leader

India is doing so well in preventing human deaths due to disasters. India’s measures to control Corona Virus says it all. For a country with second highest population in the world, the spread is 0.3% which is miniscule as compared to developed countries like USA, UK, France.

India is a world leader in adopting preventive measures to avoid human deaths due to disasters. India’s “Zero Casualty Approach” has gained several praises all over the world including United Nations.