Leading Cities and Regions

Leading level cities and regions have a special position in the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme international network.

They work to advance the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals – making their city or region inclusive safe, resilient and sustainable – through:

  • a holistic, collaborative, participatory approach to sustainability

  • the implementation of multi partner sustainable urban development project/s.

They undertake a supported two year process of capacity development and facilitation to develop high impact, investable, sustainable urban development projects.

Supported process for the development of Multi Partner Sustainable Urban Development projects

The leading city participates in a two-year capacity building process centred around the development of an investable multi-partner sustainable urban development project.  This system utilises the ‘Melbourne Model’ of a multi sector task force (comprising government, business, civil society and academia) working to address a complex or seemingly intractable issue or set of issues.

This supported system enables:

  • a process and support for engagement across sectors to create collaborative opportunities with ‘non-traditional’ partners to address critical issues in innovative ways
  • an environment for high value/high impact projects
  • the brokering of partnerships and a framework for governance for the development of ‘non-traditional’ Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • knowledge sharing between city officials, UN officials and private sector mentors
  • the development of technical expertise through training, mentoring and applied development of a high value/high impact projects
  • mechanisms to support justification and attraction of investment into public private and civil society partnerships

Process to grow partnered city projects

Service and support

The international secretariat provides a number of tools and services to support the leading city and its partners throughout this pipeline process. These include:

  1. Capacity building training and applied learning along the process
  2. Guidance and review with the City diagnostic process
  3. Facilitation support and mentoring for identifying and creating shared value opportunities with partners
  4. Multi-criteria decision making tools for prioritising opportunities and supporting preferred project business case development
  5. Guidance for the creation of robust transparent governance systems and partnership arrangements
  6. Review and advice on the development of Multi Partner Project Proposals
  7. Review and guidance on Project investment and implementation systems
  8. Official recognition and opportunities to communicate progress locally and internationally
  9. A dedicated liaison point/relationship manager within the International/Regional Secretariat team

City or region commitments

Leading level cities and regions:

  • nominate and appointment of a dedicated sustainable urban development leader (equivalent to 0.5 full time staff member) (this person is also the key contact and liaison for the international secretariat)
  • undertake a review of urban challenges (generally done through the City Scan diagnostic)
  • participate in capacity development activities
  • establish a multi-sector SUD management group
  • support establishment of a Sustainable Urban Development project
  • pay a service fee of USD 20,000 annually for 2 years.

Express Your Interest

Express your city or region’s interest in becoming a Leading level city here.