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:
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.
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: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india
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