During the 1st India - European Union Forum organized on 17-18 September 2019 in New Delhi, seven new Indian cities, namely Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kochi and Vadodara signed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) commitment in presence of Mr. Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and other senior EU officials. Since the launch of GCOM-South Asia in May 2018, 15 Indian cities in total representing over 25 million people, have committed to climate action. Earlier eight cities, namely Gangtok, Gwalior, Nagpur, Panaji, Patna, Shimla, Surat and Rajkot signed the commitment. Signatories must assess their emissions and vulnerabilities, set reduction targets, and develop a Climate Action Plan. During this journey, the European Union International Urban Cooperation project will support the cities through technical assistance, capacity building and exchange visits to share best practices.
Both cities then applied for funding through the European Union International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC). Since december 2017 Rotterdam and Surat were officially paired as part of the IUC programme. After couple of exchange visits the outcome is that Rotterdam- Surat have developed implementable Water Resilience Plan for Surat.
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) is an alliance of cities and local governments with a shared vision of a world where committed local leaders accelerate ambitious, measurable initiatives and climate actions that lead to an inclusive, just, low-emission and climate