Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Published By : Admin | July 3, 2014 | 18:48 IST
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg"
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"India is important to the global economy, as well as to Facebook"
"Glad to be able to congratulate Narendra Modi on his election and on his exceptional use of Facebook to connect with voters: Sheryl Sandberg"

On Thursday July 3rd, 2014 the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met COO of Facebook, Ms. Sheryl Sandberg. In conversation with the Prime Minister, Ms. Sandberg pointed out that how relevant was India for Facebook especially considering the number of users.

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PM Shri Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of social media. The Prime Minister said that social media platforms like Facebook could be used for governance and better interaction between the people and governments. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also talked about the ways in which Facebook could be used to bring more tourists to India.  Shri Nrendra Modi also cited about commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary year with a special focus on cleanliness and spoke to Ms. Sandberg on how Facebook could assist in this attempt.

Ms. Sheryl Sandberg expressed her views on her Facebook page upon meeting Shri Narendra Modi. Ms. Sandberg expressed her personal appreciation to him for making the education of girls and women a priority as equal opportunity is essential for strengthening all economies and creating a just world.

Ms. Sandberg who was accompanied by Facebook colleagues Marne Levine and Ankhi Das said that they were glad to be able to congratulate him on his election, and on his exceptional use of Facebook to connect with voters. She welcomed his thoughts that direct communication with people all over the world is critical to effective governance and Shri Modi plans to continue using Facebook and other social media to communicate with the people of India and the world.

In conclusion, Ms. Sandberg quoted that India is important to the global economy, as well as to Facebook and would continue to work further to bring the next billion generations online.

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Text of PM’s video message during 6th edition of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
April 24, 2024
“We must invest in resilient infrastructure today for a better tomorrow”
“The world can be resilient collectively, only when each country is resilient individually”
“To achieve shared resilience, we must support the most vulnerable”

Excellencies, Friends,

Namaskar! I extend a warm welcome to India to all of you. It is great to have you with us at the 6th edition of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. Your participation will strengthen the global discourse and decisions on this important issue.

Friends,

In the last few years, the growth of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure has been impressive. We have come a long way since 2019, when CDRI was launched. It is now a global coalition of 39 countries and 7 organizations. This is a good sign for the future.

Friends,

As we all have witnessed, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more severe. The damage they cause is usually reported in dollars. But their true impact on people, families and communities is beyond just numbers. Earthquakes destroy houses, making thousands of people homeless. Natural disasters can disrupt water and sewage systems, putting the health of people at risk. Some disasters can impact energy plants, leading to potentially dangerous situations. These things have a human impact.

Friends,

We must invest in resilient infrastructure today, for a better tomorrow. Resilience needs to be factored into new infrastructure creation. Further, it also needs to be a part of post-disaster rebuilding. After disasters, the immediate focus is naturally on relief and rehabilitation. After the initial response, our focus should also include resilience of infrastructure.

Friends,

Nature and disasters have no borders. In a highly interconnected world, disasters and disruptions cause widespread impact. The world can be resilient collectively, only when each country is resilient individually. Shared resilience is important because of the shared risks. CDRI and this conference help us come together for this collective mission.

Friends,

To achieve shared resilience, we must support the most vulnerable. For example, Small Island Developing States are at high risk of disasters. CDRI has a programme which is funding projects across 13 such places. Resilient housing in Dominica, Resilient transport networks in Papua New Guinea, and Enhanced early warning systems in the Dominican Republic and Fiji are some examples. It is heartening that CDRI also has a focus on the Global South.

Friends,

During India’s G20 Presidency, an important step was taken. A new Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group was formed with financing at the heart of the discussions. Along with the growth of CDRI, such steps will take the world to a resilient future. I am sure that the next two days will see fruitful deliberations at ICDRI. Thank You. Thank you very much!