INDIA: Executive Director of the Climate Group Ms. Divya Sharma to be Strategic Advisor to the Good City Foundation on Collaborative Push of Climate Actions in Future Cities

Moderate commitments and negotiations were made during the recent COP26 in Glasgow, while India and China may wish for a slightly different roadmap of “phasing down coals” from “phasing out fossil fuels” for developing nations.

APRIL 2022 — India is one of the leading nations at the forefront to combat against the Climate Emergency in the last decades, with solid and promising track records such as increasing the production capacity of renewable energy from 20 GW by 2010 to 150 GW in 2021, and targeting 450 GW by 2030. While the Indian government holds moderate practical policy concerns towards the recent The Glasgow Climate Pact in COP26 (November 2021), given its economic development and the impact by the pandemic, what would the country chairing the next G20 Presidency plans to drive and set a more progressive tone of climate agenda?

With missions to build stronger capacities for city leaders and foster business motivations to streamline strategic roadmaps towards climate resilience goals in emerging cities, Good City Foundation is honored to have on-boarded Ms. Divya Sharma, India Executive Director of Climate Group. Climate Group is an international non-profit founded in 2003, with offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Amsterdam and Beijing. Climate Group’s goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all.

The Under2 Coalition, for which Climate Group is the Secretariat, is made up of over 260 governments globally, representing 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy.

Ms. Sharma leads a team of professionals who work with businesses and governments around critical systems on climate action, ranging from industries, transport, energy and built environment. She is an international climate and urban development expert, specializing in climate resilience and urban development planning with almost 20 years in India and internationally.

Before joining Climate Group, Ms. Sharma led the Urban Policy and Planning Portfolio at Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPM) — a development consulting firm based in Oxford, UK. She had also worked with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) — India’s premier think tank and research centre, on climate change, environment and sustainable development.

Ms. Sharma says, “Good City Foundation’s mission of building a resilient, sustainable and regenerative urban economy is critical for the world we are living in today. It is heartening to see that the Good City Foundation is considering to pick up and engage on urgent issues such as climate action and resilience and the role of urban systems in achieving regional and international targets on climate change. With my experience of engaging with governments and agencies on urban sustainable development and climate resilience, I hope to contribute to strengthening these efforts that would not only address the challenges of urban areas but will bring cities at the forefront of climate action and resilience in the coming times”.

Good City Foundation looks forward to earning strategic support from Ms. Sharma to strengthen cross-disciplinary expertise and advocacy of climate actions in future cities development, including domains such as energy transition, sustainable urban policies and climate adaptation in businesses and technologies. The 7th Annual Meet of the Future City Summit would highlight stronger collaboration with Climate Group with Ms. Sharma as the advisory to incorporate more on climate agenda to the discussion of future cities and sustainability.

Previous Engagements of Ms. Sharma in Good City Foundation

Ms. Sharma has been engaging with the Good City Foundation through the Rainmaking Series in India as a Keynote Speaker, as well as leading the panel discussion of South Asia Climate Forum in the 6th Annual Meet of the Future City Summit.

South Asia Climate Forum Panel Discussion in the Future City Summit Annual Meet 2021 with Ms. Divya Sharma, and other key representatives from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Ms. Divya Sharma participated as Keynote Speaker in the Rainmaking India during the Rainmaking Series in 2021.

Reference:

  1. The Glasgow Climate Pact — Key Outcomes from COP26
  2. More About the Climate Group
  3. India’s G20 Presidency — Prioritising an equitable post-pandemic recovery
  4. Voluntary Confusion:A Simple Comparison of Carbon Credits

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