Getting Started – Commit to the United Nations Global Compact

The initial and foundation stage of becoming engaged with the United Nations Global Compact and its Cities Programme is to become a signatory to the Global Compact. This commitment is made by the Mayor or most senior representative of municipal government on behalf of the city or district. The steps to make the commitment are as follows:

Step 1 – Review the Online Application Guidelines on the United Nations Global Compact website. Download  a template letter. They are available in a number of languages:  English – Français – Español – Deutsch – Portugês

Step 2 – Write a Letter of Commitment to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, signed by the Mayor or most senior Executive of the organisation. This is written on your organisation’s letterhead committing the organisation/city to uphold and advance the Ten Principles of the Global Compact and to communicate on engagement every two years.

Step 3 – Submit an online application: Scan the letter from the Mayor to the Secretary General and upload as part of the online application at the Global Compact.

Step 4 – You will receive confirmation from the Global Compact. Your city is listed on the Global Compact website.

Step 5 – You will receive a welcome letter from the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme inclusive of invitation to engage in a range of initiatives.

Step 6 – Your city or region is given a webpage on . The page will initially feature an image of your Mayor or Governor and the city’s commitment letter. Any news, contributions and projects you submit will publish in connection to this page.