14 Mar 2018
Partnerships in India for Smart Cities Governance

Hot on the heels of the World Urban Forum 9, Cities Programme Director, Michael Nolan travelled to New Dehli, India to present the ‘City Partnerships Challenge’ to Indian cities and partners in a hallmark gathering of experts and practitioners of smart cities in India and across the globe.

The ‘Smart Republic 2018’, held on February 15-16, 2018 in Janpath, New Delhi was a multi-partner global forum to deliberate on the collaboration framework between government and multiple agencies like the World Bank, UN Habitat, UN Global Compact, Asian Development Bank, industry and academia for achieving shared goal of making India a Smart Republic by 2022.

Hosted by the World Bank and its knowledge partners, more than 150 experts from multiple countries shared knowledge on digital solutions for Pan City ICT initiatives.

As knowledge partners for “Smart Republic 2018″, the Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency at UNGC India (GCNI CEGET) and the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme hosted a dedicated panel discussion at Smart Republic 2018 titled   “Smart Cities & Smart Villages Governance Issues & Policy Framework”.

The session was chaired by Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency with presentations and discussion from the following panelists:

  • Ms. Sabine Zindera, Vice President, Legal and Compliance, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited*
  • Dr. Charru Malhotra, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi
  • Mr. Awdhesh Sharma, CEO Ujjain Smart City Limited
  • Mr. Santosh Sharma, Commissioner Aligarh Municipal Corporation
  • Michael Nolan, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme.

Michael had words of praise for ‘Smart Republic’, the global and national partners it brought together and the importance of the collaborative platform:

‘India is critical to the world achieving the SDGs. I was impressed by the focus on partnerships to address social inclusion, transparency and environmental improvement’

The United Nations Global Compact Network India (GCNI)  is playing a lead role in helping shape a collaborative and transparent framework for Smart Cities in India. Partnering with the ‘India – ICT enabled integration for green growth’ initiative of the World Bank, they are aiming to create a structured framework for knowledge management and capacity building and to work in a collaborative and connected manner. Partners include the World Bank, GCNI and United Nations University, Portugal (UNU E-GOV).

GCNI CGET has recently published the SGCNI CEGET Framework for the Governance of Smart Cities to promote transparency in the governance of smart cities in India; a collaboration with the Smart Cities Mission in India and national, state and municipal governments and the private sector.

Below: Video Report on the The Smart Republic 2018 Conference in New Dehli, India.