Seven Indian cities sign the Commitment for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy bringing the total signatories in South Asia to 23

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.