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Cities and regions.

Participation starts with a commitment to the UN Secretary General. Core membership enables publishing of progress, participation in events and webinars and a relationship manager. Leading level cities and regions receive 2 years of capacity development and facilitation support to implement multi-partner sustainable urban development projects. Our Innovating cities and regions educate and inform other cities from their innovative practice. Learn more and join with us.

City Partnerships.

The Multi-Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development – known as City Partnerships – is being established to catalyse effective, coordinated and results-based implementation of integrated sustainable urban development solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The Facility will be underpinned by a United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund. Its development is being led by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat. The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, as the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact, will be coordinating the implementation of the first phase of City Partnerships.

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.

Internship Programme.

Our highly successful internship programme has been operating since 2011 and has attracted many talented undergraduate and post graduate students and early career professionals who have made an invaluable contribution to the development of the Cities Programme. For a number, it has opened doors to related employment and laid the ground for specialist further studies. See current opportunities, recruitment and selection criteria.