Become a Supported Signatory

All city and regional participants of United Nations Global Compact are invited to become a supported signatory.

This enables cities and regions to receive specialist services and activities provided by the international secretariat of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and in the case of some countries, also by our country representatives.

Benefits and Services

Supported signatories receive the following services and opportunities:

1. Access to the City Scan Diagnostic

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.  The Mark II version is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.

2. Capacity Development and Knowledge Exchange

  • Webinars – Cities Programme webinars are facilitated by leading cities and our partners and urban scholars and focus on critical issue areas, designed specifically to participant cities needs. They include technical advice, leading practice examples and links to further resources.
  • Peer sharing and community of practice – opportunities for peer to peer sharing of best practice are provided in partnered events with UN Global Compact Local Networks in a growing number of country regions.
  • Access to Urban Scholars – the expertise of high level, outcomes-focused urban academics and practitioners is available to our members. These additional Urban Scholar (fee for service) advisory services include independent project scope reviews, technical advice, research synthesis, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.

3. Support with reporting and a platform to communicate achievement

  • Communication on Engagement advice and templates – city contact points are supported to develop the mandatory biannual report to the United Nations Global Compact – the Communication on Engagement.
  • Project publishing system – we have a flexible online publishing system for members  which provides a framework for real time reporting, international recognition and the promotion of leading practice and knowledge exchange (see citiesprogramme.org/projects).
  • Printed Publications – member cities and regions have the opportunity to submit case studies on their city or region’s leading initiatives for publishing in the ‘Cities for the Future’ biannual book and as issue-specific resources.

4. Dedicated Support

The international secretariat of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme is committed to long term, close working relationships with our member cities and regions.

Every member city and region has a dedicated Contact Point relationship manager in the international secretariat team (or regional team, if applicable), who:

  • systematically develops an understanding (and record) of the city or region’s priorities, challenges and achievements
  • organizes quarterly consultation teleconferences
  • is available on an as-needs basis
  • will seek opportunities to promote the member city or region’s events and achievements and to deepen engagement with the United Nations Global Compact and our network of cities and partners.

Service Fees

The standard annual fee for membership of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme is USD2,500.

The membership fee is flexible (according to need):

  • A sliding scale membership fee is available for smaller municipalities and cities in low GDP countries and in regions facing economic hardship.
  • This fee can be scheduled to meet city or state financial budget cycles.

For cities and regions who have financial challenges, sponsorship from other organisations is encouraged. We will support proposals to private sector partners and foundations and publicly recognise support.

Become a supported signatory

Express Interest in becoming a supported signatory

If you would like to set up a meeting to discuss these services, please contact elizabethryan@citiesprogramme.org


Submit and publish projects

In 2016, the international secretariat developed a new user-driven project publishing and reporting platform for city, regional and partner participants of the United Nations Global Compact. It is called ‘Global Compact Projects for Urban Sustainability’. This platform enables participants to plan, report and connect projects in connection to the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact Principles (the related SDGs and principles display visually on the project page). This page provides an overview of how the project publishing system works.

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We have a user-driven project publishing and reporting platform for Supported Signatory participants of the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme.

This platform enables participants to plan, report and connect projects in connection to the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact Principles (project-related SDGs and principles display visually on each project page).

The system is:

  • simple and accessible
  • allows users to publish projects
  • amend them during the life of the project
  • update with images and videos
  • reflect on and share learnings at the completion of a project.

Highlights, news and achievements related to the project can be published in separate posts.

We have a full guide available in a number of languages (PDF format). This will be sent to you with a user name and password.

Here we provide an overview of how the project publishing system works.

There are six types of projects (one is selected):

  • Commitment Project – a key urban initiative that the Global Compact participant (government, private sector, NGO) links to its commitment to the UN Global Compact – publishing and reporting is connected to the Ten Principles and the SDGs
  • Innovating Project – managed and delivered by a cross-sectoral group comprising government, private sector and civil society
  • Leading Project – part of participant city’s Leading-level engagement, it usually follows a City Scan diagnostic
  • International Collaboration – a project that is between multiple parties and has an international focus, is between cities and other organisations from different countries, or is international funded
  • Regional Collaboration – a project that is between a number of cities and other actors and is on a regional scale
  • Research Project – an investigative project that is increasing knowledge to support the Ten Principles and SDGs

User rights and passwords are issued by the International Secretariat of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Projects (and project updates) are submitted as drafts, with final editing, review and publishing undertaken by the Secretariat’s communications team.

The structure of the new project publishing system follows a standardised project management structure that allows members to plan, document and publish a project in editable sections that correlate with critical components of project planning and life. These include sections for:

  • Context
  • Challenges
  • Objectives
  • Partners
  • Planned strategy
  • Measurement
  • Actions
  • Outcomes and achievements
  • Lessons learned
  • Future plans/follow on actions

Global Compact Projects can be published at any point – at the project’s onset, during its implementation, upon completion or retrospectively.

Updates can be made to the project as it progresses. Project updates and achievements can also be published separately through news posts. These post updates publish in connection to the project and the city/partner. These posts and projects will be displayed as an increasing amount of activity.

The page is dynamic and visual – videos and images can be easily uploaded at any point. These are presented as a filmstrip of images and playable clips. Individual captions for images allow the finer detail of project stories to be told.

The project page has been designed in a style that is both uniform and standard but allows for individuality.

Multiple language versions of a project are allowed and encouraged.

Benefits of the new project publishing system include:

  • Providing city participants of the UN Global Compact with an accessible and aesthetically pleasing ‘Communication on Progress’ report development tool for major corporate social responsibility urban projects.
  • Enabling city governments and other leaders to link leading urban projects to the new Sustainable Development Goals and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.
  • Improving the case studies, good practice and knowledge exchange between UN Global Compact participant cities and others.
  • Enabling recognition of the multiple partners that contribute to successful urban projects.

More Information?

Contact communication@citiesprogramme.org.


Feature Image: Women from the Masikanye urban agriculture project in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa (Credit – Ben Mansfield).