WRI India signs MoU with Climate Center for Cities

22 Jan, 2021

WRI India is proud to be a knowledge partner to C-Cube, NIUA for realizing a one of its kind initiative by MoHUA that is working to create synergy across all climate actions being undertaken by Indian cities.

On 11th January, 2021, WRI India signed an MoU with Climate Centre for Cities (within National Institute of Urban Affairs) to become a key member of the ClimateSmart Cities Alliance. The MoU was signed by Dr. O.P. Agrawal (CEO, WRI India) and Mr. Hitesh Vaidya (Director, NIUA) in the presence of Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar (Chair Urban Resilience - Global Resilience Cities Network). Madhav Pai (Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center), Jaya Dhindaw (Director, Cities, WRI India), Prerna Mehta (Lead, Urban Development, WRI India) and Himanshi Kapoor (Project Associate, WRI India) attended the event virtually.

WRI India has been a key knowledge partner to Climate Centre for Cities ( C-Cube) since its inception. This collaboration aims to build and augment activities conducive to research, innovation, knowledge sharing, performance monitoring, advocacy, and capacity building of cities for mainstreaming climate change action in urban development. 

C-Cube is part of National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) under the ClimateSmart Cities initiative of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). C-Cube’s vision is to build climate action in cities and facilitate climate resilient urban development with the intent to steer the country’s growth towards the envisioned 5 trillion economy as well improve quality of life in urban areas. 

"The collaboration between NIUA and WRI India is a step towards mainstreaming climate actions in our cities. It will strive towards developing carbon neutral cities by adopting appropriate climate measures, especially strengthening capacities at the local level." 
Hitesh Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

"The cities have been the engines of development and modernity in India. WRI India is enthused to join hands with NIUA as a knowledge partner for the C3 initiative for supporting cities to become drivers for sustainable and resilient change in India. With our evidence based research and knowledge of the global best practices, we at WRI India look forward to conjointly work on climate positive strategies to mainstream climate action in urban India.”
 Dr. OP Agarwal, CEO, WRI India

"Cities can be game changers when it comes to combating climate risk. The collaboration between WRI India and NIUA aims at facilitating accelerated climate action in cities backed by pragmatic research and capacity building." 
Madhav Pai, Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center