Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

Indian cities to be part of the Global Covenant of Mayors network for climate action

New Delhi, 7 February, 2017, 07/02/2017 - 08:49, UNIQUE ID: 170207_11
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The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy will be expanding to India starting from 2017. This network of cities is one of the largest, with 7 100 member cities from all over the world, and most effective network for climate action with 23% reduction of Green House Gas emissions by the signatories' cities. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy brings together the EU-led Covenants of Mayors and the UN Compact of Mayors initiatives for the largest and first-of-its-kind coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change.

The Covenant of Mayors Regional office for India will add to the already existing regional Covenant Offices in Europe, Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the further Regional Covenants offices which will be opening for Latin America and the Caribbean, East/South-East Asia and Japan, through the International Urban Cooperation Programme (IUC), recently launched by the European Union.

As recognised by the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayors and local authorities are crucial partners in fight against climate change. Their commitment is crucial in turning climate commitments into action and putting the world on track to reach our climate and energy goals.

India's mega-cities (Delhi,;Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad), and major cities are witnessing the fastest rates of urbanisation in the world. With fast growing suburbs and high population density, cities face challenges to enable residential and commercial development, adequate infrastructure services and sufficient connectivity. Furthermore, around 17.4% of households in urban India live in a slum (2011 Census).

The European Union-funded International Urban Cooperation Programme aims at strengthening the EU-India policy dialogue on sustainable urban development and climate actions through cooperation between European and Indian cities. Through participation to the programme, Indian cities will be supported to:

  • Contribute to achieve India's climate change commitments, through definition and implementation of their Climate Action Plans;
  • Exchange/transfer know-how and capacities with EU cities in the fields of urban sustainable development, energy efficiency and climate action;
  • Access the EU market of sustainable innovations and best practices, by the research and business sectors in the relevant urban fields
  • Obtain access to funding sources/schemes/programmes for implementation of climate actions;

The IUC programme will coordinate and cooperate with other cities networks (C40, UCLG, ICLEI) and relevant Government led initiatives currently operating in the country, such as the AMRUT Mission as well as the 100 Smart Cities Mission.

About the European Union (EU):

The EU, which consists of 28 countries, has the world's largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its 'Member States') are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. They have set up common institutions so that decisions on matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment. It is also at the forefront of policies on sustainability.

EU-India relations:

For Over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at:


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