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Mumbai First International Summit on Coastal Cities in collaboration with the Govt of Maharashtra and the European Union



The summit will focus on a global conversation on Climate Solutions for Coastal Cities 

His Excellency Ramesh Bais Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra is the guest of honor




Mumbai First is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated flagship event dedicated to the sustainable development of coastal cities, the Global Coastal Cities Summit 2023 (GCCS). This is to be held on 30th May 2023 in the vibrant coastal city of Mumbai. This landmark summit will bring together international experts, policymakers, business leaders, and coastal community representatives to discuss and collaborate on critical challenges facing coastal regions and chart a course toward a resilient and prosperous future.


Under the theme of “Navigating Coastal Challenges: Building Sustainable Communities,” the Global Coastal Cities Summit will provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, innovative thinking, and actionable strategies to address the complex issues affecting coastal cities worldwide. As the impacts of climate change continue to intensify, coastal regions are increasingly vulnerable to rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and environmental degradation. The summit aims to foster dialogue, cooperation, and best practices sharing to mitigate risks, adapt to changing circumstances, and create sustainable solutions.


The Summit will feature a diverse range of engaging sessions and thought-provoking panels led by renowned global experts and leaders in the field. The summit will serve as a catalyst for transformative discussions that encourage cross-sector collaborations and advance actionable solutions to the unique challenges faced by coastal communities.


“We are immensely proud to organize the Global Coastal Cities Summit,” said Ms. Ashwini Thakar, Director of Programs & Operations at Mumbai First. “Over the years, Mumbai First’s programs have served as a vital platform for fostering cooperation and innovative thinking among coastal cities worldwide. As we navigate an era of unprecedented environmental and societal challenges, it is crucial to bring together diverse stakeholders to collectively address the pressing issues facing our coastal regions. Through this milestone edition, we aim to inspire collaboration, showcase success stories, and encourage the implementation of sustainable practices that can help shape a better future for our coastal communities.”

The GCCS summit includes distinguished speakers as follows:

  • Amitabh Kant, the G20 Sherpa for India (TBC*),
  • Auguste Tano Kouame, Country Director for India at the World Bank,
  • Sonia Sethi, Principal Secretary, Urban Development – II, Government of Maharashtra,
  • Praveen Pardeshi, CEO of Maharashtra Institute of Transformation (MITRA)
  • P. Velrasu Add Municipal Commissioner(PROJECTS) Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
  • Yasukata Fukahori, Consul General at the Consulate General of Japan,
  • Bart De Jong Consul General of the Netherlands in Mumbai,
  • Roxy Mathew Koll, Climate Scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.


“The Global Coastal Cities Summit serves as a crucial platform to address the urgent challenges faced by coastal cities and explore sustainable methods of future-proofing these communities,” said Mr. Narinder Nayar, Chairman of Mumbai First. “By fostering partnerships between government, business, and civil society, we aim to help Mumbai anticipate and effectively address the highly vulnerable impacts of climate change. Our collective efforts can safeguard both the people and the environment from the devastating consequences of rising sea levels, storm surges, and coastal erosion.”


In addition to the stimulating conference program, the summit will provide ample opportunities for attendees to delve into topics such as coastal resilience, sustainable port, and urban planning, response strategies to climate change in urban business centers, and community engagement. Exhibitions showcasing cutting-edge technologies, sustainable solutions, and best practices will allow participants to explore the latest advancements in coastal city development.


This Summit is supported by Bajaj Beyond, JSW Company, Concast India Pvt. Ltd., Godrej & Boyce, the State Bank of India, and the National Stock Exchange. Knowledge partners for this summit include JSW School of Public Policy, IIMA, and Arun Duggal Center of ESG Research, IIMA. The Global Coastal Cities Summit welcomes all stakeholders committed to creating sustainable, resilient coastal communities. Whether you are a representative of a local government, an industry professional, an academic, or a concerned citizen, your unique perspective and expertise are invaluable contributions to our shared goals.


Registration for the Global Coastal Cities Summit is now open. To secure your place, please visit our official website at .


Join us at the Global Coastal Cities Summit and be part of the transformative conversations that will shape the future of coastal communities around the world.


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