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India and UK to jointly launch global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

India had announced the creation of a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) soon after the Asian Ministerial Conference

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"We have agreed we should together launch the global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure," he told reporters here. Pixabay

India and the UK will jointly launch a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, an idea that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated at the G20 summit in Osaka, at the UN General Assembly in September, British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith said on Wednesday.

“We have agreed we should together launch the global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure,” he told reporters here.

India had announced the creation of a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) soon after the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in New Delhi in 2016.

At the Osaka summit, Prime Minister Modi had invited the G20 countries to join a global coalition on disaster resilience.

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India and the UK will jointly launch a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, an idea that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated at the G20 summit in Osaka, at the UN General Assembly in September. Pixabay

At the second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) held in March this year, attended by experts and representatives from 33 countries, it was agreed to set up a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) against the backdrop of the destruction of the Mozambique port city of Beira, home to 500,000 people.

The workshop was organised by India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), along with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.

The international workshop agreed that an Interim Secretariat of the CDRI will be established in New Delhi, with support from the Indian government.

The first International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI 2018) was held in January 2018.

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At the UN Secretary General’s upcoming climate summit in September, different countries would lead in different subjects, with the UK to lead an initiative on resilience in climate change, while India would lead an initiative on the industry’s role in tackling climate change, which would contribute to the international action on climate change, Asquith said. (IANS)

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India can Lead in Setting Standards for Ethical use of AI: Microsoft Executive

Microsoft on Friday announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to equip business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organisations AI-driven

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

By Gokul Bhagabati

With the government focusing on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as people are increasingly adopting digital technologies, India can lead in setting standards for ethical use of AI, a top Microsoft executive said on Friday.

“The real application of AI needs to be to empower human ingenuity and to accelerate innovation for all kinds of work and thinking,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, told IANS.

In an earlier interview with IANS on the eve of 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government is trying to leverage technology like AI and ML to improve school education.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Budget speech in July announced that the government will lay focus on new-age skills like AI, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Robotics.

“About 91 per cent of organisations today plan to leverage AI within the next three years to drive their businesses and the biggest issue they point out for not using it right now is lack of skills,” Maheshwari said.

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Artificial Intelligence Bot. Pixabay

“India is among the top three geographies globally in terms of the supply of skills for AI and that bodes very well for India to lead and contribute significantly in the world of AI,” Maheshwari added.

“We can very much create use cases and the standards for ethical use of AI. I am quite optimistic on the role India will play in the emergence of AI and the principles of AI,” he noted.

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Microsoft on Friday announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to equip business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organisations AI-driven.

“The initiative we are launching today between ISB and Microsoft really addresses not only the issue of creating right awareness around the skill set needed to drive the AI strategies, but also provide the tool sets to create the AI strategies, to create the discussion around what culture is needed inside an organisation to drive AI and also have the awareness of the ethics and principles around it,” Maheshwari emphasised. (IANS)