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Cities and regions.

Participation starts with becoming a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact – a commitment made to the United Nations Secretary General. You can then chose to be a Supported Signatory where you will have a dedicated relationship manager, use of our City Scan Basic and support with CoE reporting. Our Leading level cities and regions receive 2 years of capacity development and facilitation support to implement investable, high impact, multi-partner sustainable urban development projects. Our Innovating cities and regions educate and inform other cities. Join with us.

City Partnerships.

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme’s system to support the development of cross-sectoral multi-partner sustainable urban development projects is being rolled out on a country by country basis. The first country to receive this offer is Australia. Working with UN Global Compact Local Networks and other Global Compact sister initiatives, this coordinated capacity development and facilitation initiative aims to catalyse effective, coordinated sustainable urban development solutions at the city level. Broadly, it will help cities achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in partnership with the private sector and civil society. It will contribute to the recently ratified global initiative, the Multi-Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development (IFSUD).

The City Scan diagnostic tool.

The ‘City Scan’ diagnostic and reporting tool was developed as a response to cities’ need for tools that support a collaborative understanding of challenges and to support decision making. In 2015 some 20 participant cities piloted the City Scan. It is now a core component of Leading-level city engagement. The City Scan is also offered as a stand alone activity that members and partners can utilise for collaborative decision making and project development.

The Ethical Cities Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

The ‘Ethical Cities’ MOOC is a free five week interactive online course, of interest to all – professionals, officials, students, citizens. Based on video case studies of leading cities (Melbourne, Barcelona, Porto Alegre and Rotorua) and the views of experts, this course unpacks cities from the perspective of ethical leadership, urban development and planning, ethical local business and engaged, ethical citizenry. It involves approximately 25 hours of study, hear about participants’ experience, see where to register.

Private Sector.

The private sector is integral to the Cities Programme which was established on cross sectoral collaboration – city government working with the private sector and civil society to tackle complex, urban issues. In many of our Innovating and Leading cities, the private sector is taking leadership in their city’s sustainable development. We work closely with many Global Compact Local Networks who are an important mobiliser of the private sector at the country and local level. Read about the latest initiatives and examples of leading private sector efforts.

Urban Scholars.

Our Urban Scholars are highly capable academics and urban sustainability professionals who support the work of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme by making their expertise available to member cities and partners and sustainable urban development projects. This in the form of: verbal and written technical advice; guidance on the development of research projects; capacity development; monitoring and evaluation activities. Learn more, including criteria for selection and Expression of Interest system.