22 Oct 2013
Planning Partnerships for Sustainability- New Delhi 2013

A report has just been released on the second Metropolis – UNGCCP Indian Initiative: Planning Partnerships for Sustainability. The two day forum followed the 2012 ‘Public-Private Partnerships’ Forum and was hosted by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in New Delhi on the 25th and 26th of July 2013. With the aim of establishing strong partnerships in integrated strategic planning to achieve sustainable development, this highly successful event was well represented by a number of leading NGOs, government agencies, city commissions, universities and private sector businesses.
Welcoming the participants to the workshop, the Director of NIUA, Professor Jagan Shah stated that partnerships were about individuals with different interests working together to achieve sustainable urban development. The welcome addressed was followed by a number of notable speakers. The first day of the event was dedicated to presentations and discussions on themes of sustainability and public private partnership. These were approached from a variety of perspectives, such as financial, governance etc.

Speakers ranged from university professors to government officials to directors of various bodies. Dr Renu Khosla, the Director of Cure (Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence) presented on Partnerships with NGOs for Inclusive Development and spoke about CURE’s approach to addressing inequalities in the provision of services in informal settlements such as slums, whilst Mr Rakesh Ranjan, the Advisor (PCMD/HUA) Planning commission spoke about Sustainability in Indian Cities Through Reform. Another key note Speaker was Mr Halvard Dalheim, the Director for the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure for the government of Victoria. The variety of speakers came together at the event and shared cases studies and innovative ideas. Other speakers that presented were :

  • Prof. O.P. Mathur, Distinguished Professor of Urban Economics, NIUA
  • Dr. Ashok Singhvi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • Dr. M. Ramachandran, former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • Dr.Ravikant Joshi, Advisory Business Associate, CRISIL
  • Ms. Sujatha Srikumar, Powertech Infrastructure and Financial Services
  • Mr Vijay Anadkat, India International Office
  • Dr. Shrikar Pardeshi’ Commissioner, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation
  • Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner, Lucknow Municipal Corporation
  • Mr. Prakash Kumar, Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, CISCO

The day concluded with a panel discussion titled “Making Partnerships Sustainable – City Perspective”.

The second day focused on the Circles of Sustainability. This is an integrated planning technique and tool for assessing the sustainability of cities. The day was co-chaired by Director of the UNGCCP, Professor Paul James and the Metropolis Country Director, Sunil Dubey. Participants also discussed future possibilities for engagement.

This event will be followed by the Metropolis Congress which will be held in October next year in the Indian city of Hyderabad.

For more detail please see the  Event Report – Planning Partnerships for Sustainability