Business Roundtable: Developing Collective Action to Strengthen Cities of India

Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) at Global Compact Network India (GCNI) organized its 2nd Business Roundtable for ‘Developing Collective Action to Strengthen Cities of India’, on 21st February 2019 in partnership with  Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) in Mumbai.

The key objective of this Roundtable was to explore the opportunities and deliberate on a platform that can develop a strong network between cities challenges and business solutions. Considering the emerging potential of start-ups, CEGET had invited business as well as start-ups / investors at this business roundtable to share their ideas and urban solutions.

The Roundtable enabled a structured dialogue among the participants. Establishing a Smart City Solutions Lab led by CEGET/GCNI was deliberated upon and participants stepped up and offered their resources and skills to CEGET/CCNI.


Mission of Ms. Olajobi Makinwa, Chief Intergovernmental Relations and Africa, to India (6th to 8th Feb. 2019)

CEGET arranged and facilitated critical meetings of Ms. Olajobi Makinwa with diverse CEGET partners such as Niti Aayog, UN HABITAT, NIUA, NOIDA Authority, BHEL & GAIL wherein, she shared her global experience with respect to Intergovernmental relations and the need of Multi-Sectoral collective action. Ms. Jobi’s meetings and interactions has paved the way for future collaboration of CEGET with them.

City Partnership Challenges Project and City Possible

In February 2019 CEGET welcomed another delegation to India comprising of Ms. Patricia Holly Purcell, Head Partnerships UN-Global Compact Cities Programme and Ms. Maddie Callis, representing City Possible Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships.

Jointly they attended the 2nd Apex Conference of Smart City CEOs organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, as well as the Smart Republic Conference organised by World Bank and its partners.

On the sidelines they met city CEOs to get a ring-side view of the depth and pace of urban development in India and showed keen interest to be involved with Indian cities. More on this will follow in subsequent bulletins.



 Final Round-table discussion on Sustainable Intermediate Transport

CEGET supported the final roundtable of the Namma Auto project of the European Union’s Switch Asia Programme, held on February 6th, 2019 at India Habitat Centre, Delhi which deliberated on sustainable intermediate transport in India. 60 participants from Automobile and Transport Industry, Academia, Environmental organizations, National & International organizations participated and shared their view and ideas towards reducing emissions and pollutions from the Auto Rickshaw sector. Besides facilitating relevant sessions at the roundtable, group exercises were also done to understand the importance of sustainable transport /Electric Auto Rickshaw.

Ms. Olajobi Makinwa graced the event as a special guest.

SMART REPUBLIC 2019 – Digital Strategies and Solutions for Smart Cities

Ms. Patricia Purcell from UN Global Compact Cities Programme spoke at the 2019 Smart Republic: Digital Platform Strategies and Solutions for Smart Cities. The City Partnership Challenge in India was launched during Smart Republic 2018 and Ms. Purcell presented an overview of what has transpired in the last one year in the programme. GCNI was an Institutional partner at this Multi-Partner global forum held in New Delhi.


Ms. Nabina Shrestha, Executive Director, UNGC Nepal
Ms.Sue Allchruch, Chief Partnerships, Fundraising and Communication, UNGC


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has prepared a Draft National Urban Policy Framework (NUPF) which outlines an integrated and coherent approach towards the future of urban planning in India. Your comments/ suggestions/ recommendations on this framework document are requested by 10th March 2019. Do access this document and provide your feedback https://smartnet.niua.org/nupf


Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) at Global Compact Network India (GCNI) is organizing a Deliberation Workshop for Start-ups & Businesses – ‘Accelerating Social Impact Solutions: Collective Action between Industry and Startups’, in Hyderabad on April 12, 2019. The Workshop will particularly be focused on Urban innovation and solutions, related to the Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 13, and their specified targets. The series of events under this mandate is being curated in partnership with Chalk Talk. For details please send an email to director.ceget@globalcompact.in

A registration link will be available on our website next week.


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