Dear colleagues and friends,

The team of Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) at Global Compact Network India wishes you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for all the kind support and constructive feedback that we have kept receiving, which has subsequently assisted us in evolving our Bulletin.

CEGET was established in March 2015, with initial support of Siemens Integrity Initiative. We cannot be thankful enough to  Siemens India and Siemens Integrity Initiative (SII) teams for their unflinching support of all our innovative interventions and ready approvals, that helped us scale new boundaries in our work.

It was on the advice of CEGET Committee Chairman, Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak (Director, Projects) GAIL India Limited, that we started sharing updates with our stakeholders. From bi-annual updates in  2016, to quarterly updates in 2017, to monthly updates in 2018 – CEGET has come a long way. As we complete the SII project in March 2019, CEGET will explore new approaches, strategies and partnerships to take its work further and make it more sustainable. We welcome you to connect with us and advise and collaborate with us in our future endeavours.

With this Bulletin we will quickly recap on the work that was done in 2018, and the plans for 2019. Your responses and feedback are always welcome.

With warm personal regards,
CEGET team



  1. At the Ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) organized in Malaysia in early February 2018, Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, drew the attention of world leaders towards the Framework of Governance of Smart Cities developed by GCNI CEGET. Focusing on SDG 11, SDG 16 and SDG 17 the GCNI Framework of Governance for Smart Cities is crucial to achieving the goals of New Urban Agenda. The Framework can be downloaded from
  2. Carrying the #WUF9 discussion forward, GCNI CEGET was a knowledge partner at the World Bank’s ‘Smart Republic 2018’, an International Conference that played a crucial role in linking the global agenda and outcomes to local implementation. The Smart Republic 2019, will focus on ‘Digital Strategies and Solutions for Smart Cities’ and will be held on February 27- 28, 2019 in New Delhi. This year six countries (Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden) have joined as partners to enable exchange of learnings with CEOs and Commissioners from more than 50 Indian Smart Cities. Participation in the conference is by invitation only. You may register your interest for invitation at
  3. Ms Shabnam Siddiqui spoke at the 3rd Anti-Corruption Collective Action Conference held on November 14 – 15, 2018 at the Basel institute on Governance in Basel, Switzerland. She spoke about the importance of integrating and mainstreaming UNGC Principle 10 in the Global Goals agenda. Conference highlights can be downloaded at


CEGET’s work on smart cities has been its flagship initiative. Post the release of its Framework for Governance of Smart Cities, CEGET has worked on two further Frameworks – Framework for Public Private Partnership in Infrastructure Projects and Risk Assessment and Mitigation Toolkits for Businesses and Bureaucracy.

  1. At the National level CEGET continues to have regular dialogues with Niti Aayog and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) to inform policy, facilitate knowledge sharing between implementors and move towards developing accountability mechanism for smart cities.
  2. At the Regional level, CEGET team has held in-person meetings with the Regional Centres for Urban and Environmental Studies[1] (Lucknow 13th July; Mumbai – 17th July and Hyderabad – 18th July 2018) and has had follow-up communication with them to organize regional need assessment workshops with smart city implementors. The workshop in Lucknow will be held on 16th January 2019 and the one in Hyderabad will be conducted on 30th January 2019.
  3. At the City level, CEGET continues to comply with its five-year MoU with Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) and intends to have formal commitment with a second city in 2019.
  4. At the Business engagement level, with businesses being the primary stakeholders of Global Compact Network India, CEGET organized its 1st Business Roundtable for Smart Cities in New Delhi on 19th September, with Phillips Lighting Pvt. Ltd. as a Corporate Partner. The three major issues that have emerged in deliberations was the financing of cities, technical capacity of implementers and the sustainability of the mission beyond the envisaged timelines. CEGET has planned the 2nd Business Roundtable for Smart Cities in Mumbai on February 21st 2019, in collaboration with Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Considering the potential of start-ups to contribute to city development, prize winning Start-ups would be invited for the Roundtable to showcase their innovations.
[1]RCUES is the nodal agency deputed by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to regionally manage and support urban development initiatives of Government of India, such as Smart City Mission, AMRUT Mission and Swachchh Bharat Mission.


In February 2018, GCNI CEGET signed an MOU with the Global Compact Cities Programme (GCCP) to support and promote a ‘City Partnership’ project. The aim of the project was to support city governments, private sector and civil society organizations to accelerate the implementation of high impact projects to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Following an open-ended global call to submit Expression of Interests – 80 cities globally, including 9 cities from India, submitted their EOIs, for which the deadline was 5th October, 2018.

The GCCP team will visit India in February 2019 to launch its work in one Indian city. CEGET intends to facilitate this project in India and work on innovations in the urban transformation space, vis-à-vis making the Indian cities investment friendly.


Final roundtable discussion: Moving towards a sustainable intermediate transport

A roundtable discussion on sustainable intermediate (auto-rickshaw) transport will be held in Delhi on February 6th, 2019. The roundtable is organized by the Namma Auto project, funded by the European Union. GCNI CEGET will co-host this consultation..

The roundtable will feature findings from the previous three discussions held in Pune, Bangalore and Chennai and culminate with inputs to develop guidelines for the auto-rickshaw industry and identify key business drivers for sustainable intermediate transport. For details please send an email to or


Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics & Transparency (CEGET/GCNI) was invited as key note speaker to speak on the subject ‘Perspective of Sustainable Development’ at ‘UTTKARSH – A Global Action towards Holistic Social Development.



Mr. Somnath Singh at the meeting with stakeholders & the discussion on briefly initiatives around SDGs. Mr. Munawar Khursheed, Chief Vigilance Officer of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (left) & at 26th Global Symposium 2018 (right) at Delhi.

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