COMMITMENT projects – align your key urban initiatives to the Compact

Our new web platform has been designed to enable city participants to align their leading urban initiatives with their UN Global Compact commitment. The simple but dynamic user-led system that enables monitoring, evaluation and reporting on urban projects in alignment with the Ten United Nations Principles and the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Commitment projects are designed to increase the interchange of knowledge and good practice between city participants and partners in the private sector and civil society. It also has the added value of being a platform for Communicating on Engagement.

Reporting on your commitment project allows recognition of the work of staff, partners and the community in connection to the city’s participation in the UN Global Compact throughout the life of the urban initiative.

Given publishing can be an ongoing – through project updates and providing news posts – commitment projects are an easy mechanism to heighten the community’s awareness of the city’s commitment to the Compact and to celebrate achievement.

What type of urban initiatives can be listed as COMMITMENT projects?

COMMITMENT initiatives need to:

  • Address one or more of the Global Compact UN Principles in the areas of: human rights; labour rights and livelihoods; the environment; and anti-corruption and good governance.
  • Address one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Be collaborative – involve community and other sectors.
  • Be action and outcomes focused.
  • Be in progress – initiatives can be listed from the onset, during delivery or in the later stages; they can also be ongoing.

What information is required?

Your leading urban initiative is submitted as a project through an online form on this website. You will need to log in to www.citiesprogramme.org through your city’s account. If you do not yet have an account, or do not know your log in details, please click here.

You can add images and videos within the project description. The COMMITMENT project can be saved and returned to at a later date whilst you are developing it. The project can also be reviewed and amended and added to after publishing.

The project publishing form follows a standard format. This acts as a guide to the project structure and management.

You will need to identify:

1. The Context

The historical and environmental background to the project. Who initiated it? What are the issues and challenges (i.e. social, environmental, economic, political) that led to the initiative being developed?

2. The Objectives

What are you trying to achieve? These are one line statements.

3. The Connection to the Ten Principles and the SDGs

The connection to the Principles and SDGs will be represented on your project’s page with icons. Given the complexity of the urban environment it is likely that your initiative will address more than one principle and one goal. You can also link them to our key focus areas.

4. Your Partners

Who are you working with to achieve the initiative’s aims? This is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the role of partners in the private sector, civil society and community.

5. Timeline

Identify the project start and expected completion dates. These dates can be varied at a later point, if required.

6. Your Actions

What is your strategy? What are you planning to do?

7. Measurement

How will you know that you have achieved what you set out to do? What measures are connected to the initiative? These can be qualitative or quantitative.

Updates and news

You can provide regular updates during the progress of the initiative. These can be in the form of news items, short reports and can include videos and images. These updates will be listed as a separate post. When published they will be connected to the COMMITMENT project and linked to your city’s page.

And upon completion

You can add the following:

8. Results

What did you achieve?

9. Knowledge

What did you learn? What would you advise other cities or other actors?

10. Future Plans and Actions

Will other actions follow the initiative?

Communication on Engagement

Every city participant is required to Communicate on Engagement every two years. You can download and save the pages from your COMMITMENT project and updates as a PDF file and compile them to submit as your Communication on Engagement report to the Global Compact Headquarters.

Can we have more than one COMMIT project?

Submitting more than one leading urban initiative is strongly encouraged.

Four or more COMMIT projects enable city participants the opportunity to be recognised as a Leading-level city. (Note: this is after one year, dependent on the projects being reasonably representative of the whole of government and well aligned to the Principles and SDGs. Additional criteria such as conducting and resourcing Leading-level activities may need to be met.)

Is publishing automatic?

Publishing is not automatic. The project is submitted in draft format to the Cities Programme International Secretariat office where it will be reviewed before publishing. A light edit may be required. You will be consulted if there are any points of concern, any areas that require further clarification or if additional information is needed.

Can our COMMIT initiative be published or recognised elsewhere?

Yes, in some cases cities will be invited to publish in our ‘Cities for the Future’ publication as a case study or to contribute to webinars and events.

Is there a financial charge for this service?

COMMIT is a free service to all Global Compact participants.

Additional services are also available:

  • Participants have the option for their COMMITMENT initiative/s and updates to be compiled and published as a graphically designed, branded document.
  • They can also request advisory or research services to support their COMMIT project throughout the duration of the project.

These are available on a fee-for-service basis.

Contact us

For more information please email, communications@citiesprogramme.org