Cities and regions

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Cities and regions that are part of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme network are:

  • internationally connected and recognised
  • supported to develop partnerships with private sector and civil society
  • tackle global challenges collaboratively on the local level.

They work to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda in their city or region, guided by the ethical framework of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

We have four levels of engagement:

1. Signatory city or region to the United Nations Global Compact – follow link for more information on how to become a signatory to the Compact

2. Supported Signatory  – follow link for more information on Supported Signatories and registration form

3. Leading level  – follow link for more information on Leading level cities and regions and registration

4. Innovating level  follow link for more information on Innovating level cities and regions

See the table below for a summary of obligations and benefits of these levels of engagement.

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Want to know more?

Set a time with us to meet and talk. Please contact us via:
Email: communication@citiesprogramme.org
Telephone: +61 3 992 53407
Skype: ungccp
Watsap: +61 425 7733 59


Summary Table of Obligations and Benefits

City/Region Status Obligations Benefits
1. Signatory city

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Communication on Engagement (bi-annual) report to UN Secretary General on organisational achievements to progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals Free (no fee $0) to become a signatory. High profile recognition of city/region activity that progresses the principles of United Nations Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. All signatories receive:

  • a dedicated city webpage
  • quarterly newsletter
  • invitation to some knowledge sharing webinars, UN Global Compact events and Action Platform opportunities.
2. Supported signatory city

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Appoints nominated contact point. Work closely with the Cities Programme to develop city/regions’ Communication on Engagement report. Service fee USD $3,000 per year for a minimum of 2 years (neg.) In addition to the above, the City/Region receives:

  • a dedicated liaison person
  • support and guidance to develop their Communication on Engagement report
  • quarterly engagement, guidance and capacity building webinars to support sustainable development activities.
  • opportunity to participate in sustainable cities research and publications
  • access to the City Scan Basic
  • access to UNGCCP website for planning and publishing projects aligned to SDG and 10 Principles.
3. Leading city

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Work closely with the Cities Programme to develop partnered projects using the City Partnerships process. City to commit a person to work a minimum of 2 days/week on the City Partnerships process. Service fee USD$20,000 per year for 2 years. City/region receives 2 year capacity development and support to identify, foster and implement investable sustainable urban development partnership projects.The 9 step City Partnerships process includes:

  • a combination of face to face and remote training, guidance and tools (i.e. Full City Scan diagnostic with guidance and analysis)
  • research support and coordination of local business student teams to assist in the business case development
  • brokering assistance with private sector partners relevant to the projects being formed
  • guidance for partnered proposal design and implementation planning to attract investment.
4. Innovative city

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Dedicate resources to lead collaboration and facilitate activities that guide other cities – best practice tools, capacity building and event hosting. Was Leading city, by invitation only. Service fee negotiable per year. In addition to Supported Signatory benefits, the Innovating city/region:

  • becomes a recognised centre of excellence for innovative practice and multi-sector collaboration and growing sustainable city partnership projects
  • attracts visiting cities to learn and participate in capacity building
  • represents the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme at official United Nations and global urban events.