MobiliseYourCity initiative launched

Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs together with Agence Française de Développement launch the MobiliseYourCity initiative.

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Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs together with Agence Française de Développement launch the MobiliseYourCity initiative.

New Delhi, 6 September 2018

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, represented by the Hon’ble Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, together with French financial institution Agence Française de Développement, represented by Mr. Nicolas Fornage, Country Director of the AFD in India, today signed in the presence of H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India, the Implementation Agreement for the launch of the MobiliseYourCity Intiative in India on Thursday, 6 September, 2018.

Mobilise Your City (MYC) is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and the German Governments and was launched at Paris’ 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in December 2015. With the support of a coalition of international partners (development agencies, urban and transport planning agencies, NGOs), MYC seeks to back 100 cities engaged in sustainable urban mobility planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The Programme seeks to support governments at both local and national levels in their involvement in transformational actions for a more sustainable urban mobility.

On 20 November 2015, based on a proposal made by AFD, the Asian Investment Facility (AIF) Operational Board issued a favourable opinion on the proposed contribution of EUR 3.5 million financed by the EU budget to contribute to specific investment and technical assistance components within the MobiliseYourCity Program in India.

The MYC Project proposed for India aims at supporting three pilot cities – Ahmedabad, Kochi and Nagpur – in their efforts to reduce their GHG emissions related to urban transport by implementing urban mobility plans at the local level (project-based approach), and to help India at national level to improve their sustainable transport policy (policy-based strategy). The three cities selected under the Programme will benefit from Technical Assistance activities as a part of this initiative.

Speaking at the event, H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India, said: ‘Promoting low-carbon mobility plans in Indian cities through innovative solutions will not only benefit city dwellers as traffic congestion will be eased and air pollution reduced, but also serve as an effective means to combat climate change. AFD, alongside the European Union, is proud to support this initiative.’

Speaking about the EU’s involvement in the initiative, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India, said "Under the MobiliseYourCity, India initiative, the EU contributes with a technical assistance grant up to € 3.5 million. This grant is expected to enhance private sector involvement by promoting investments that will support development and implementation of comprehensive mobility plans in the cities of Kochi, Nagpur and Ahmedabad. The EU support to the MobiliseYourCity initiative is aligned with EU-India strategic priorities and will add up to the efforts by the Government of India to make its cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable."

Address of H.E. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India

Hon’ble Minister, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri,

Dear Guests from Indian Ministries,

Colleagues from the European Union’s Delegation to India and from AFD,
Distinguished Guests,

I would like to thank you all for being present on the occasion of the signing of the Implementation Agreement for the “Mobilise Your City” Initiative in India.

As you may recall, MobiliseYourCity (MYC) is a flagship initiative on mobility and climate change supported by the French and German Governments and launched at Paris’ 21st Conference of Parties in December 2015. With the support of a coalition of international partners, the Programme aims to support 100 cities in their efforts to cut at least 50% of their urban transport emissions by 2050. It provides governments at both local and national levels methodological framework as well as expertise. It acilitates access to financing in support of sustainable mobility.

The AFD-led MYC initiative for India, which benefits from funding from the Asia Investment Facility of the European Union, supports three pilot cities – Ahmedabad, Kochi and Nagpur – and, at the national level, the Government of India.

The value-added of MYC for India rests on four key words : (i) participation – to improve local ownership on urban mobility challenges and planning; (ii) operationalization – (iii) capacity-building – with a specific focus on municipal teams; (iv) and mitigation – by articulating common solutions to urban mobility challenges and to the country’s low-carbon trajectory.

Depending on the specific challenges of each city, French expertise will be leveraged on a wide range of topics, including multimodality, non-motorized transport, or linking urban transport with strategic urban planning.

Hon’ble Minister, dear guests, you’ll recall that promoting Sustainable Mobility, and more specifically committing to low-carbon, efficient modes of transportation, was identified as a sector of priority for the cooperation between France and India during the last State visit of President Macron in March 2018.

The Implementation Agreement signed today speaks directly to this commitment, with an ambitious three year-program. MYC is therefore a key piece in a broader picture, complementing AFD loan financing to Metro projects in the MYC cities of Kochi and Nagpur, and contributing to the broader Smart Cities agenda. The cooperation between France, European Union and India is today, more than ever, committed to meet the climate challenge by promoting collaboration in sustainable urban development.

About Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It makes commitments to projects that genuinely improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories.

AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 109 countries and is currently supporting over 3,600 development projects. In 2017, it earmarked EUR 10.4bn to finance these projects.
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About European Union

The EU, which consists of 28 countries, has the world’s largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its ’Member States’) are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. They have set up common institutions so that decisions on matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment. It is also at the forefront of policies on sustainability.

For over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest.

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About Asia Investment Facility (AIF)

The AIF has been created to promote development relevant investments in Asia. Under the AIF, EU grant support is combined with non-grant funding such as loans and equity, provided notably by European, incl. Member States’, development finance institutions. The AIF targets the following sectors: energy, environment, social infrastructure and the private sector.

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