Become an Innovating City

At the Innovation level, a city or region addresses a complex or seemingly intractable issue, or a set of issues, within the city or region through a multi-year project. Whilst focused on resolving a specific issue or transforming a complex situation, these projects are holistic; they have a transformative quality and intent. They are managed cross-sectorally, engaging government, business and civil society in the development and implementation of the project. The project has clear monitoring and evaluation processes. At this level, dedicated support and recognition is provided by the Cities Programme International Secretariat. The project is documented; learnings from this project is shared across the Cities Programme network and more broadly. A fee is associated with this level of engagement, but this can also be waived. This fee can also be used to provide research support to the specific Innovating City project.

How do we become a UN Global Compact Innovating City or Region?

1. Become a Global Compact Signatory

All Innovating Cites must first become signatories to the United Nations Global Compact. This process is initiated by the Mayor or the most senior representative of the municipal government for the City or urban centre, committing the city to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

Follow this link for instructions on becoming a Signatory City

Do you already have a significant cross-sectorally managed project in operation?

You are welcome to discuss a potential or existing project with us via email, telephone (+61 399 253 407) or Skype.

2. Register your interest in becoming an Innovating City

Complete this brief online form to register your interest in becoming an Innovating City.

This does not commit you but gives us the opportunity to support you in the development of your Innovating Project.

3. Design a cross sectoral project

Bring together local actors; representatives of government, industry and civil society

Develop a cross-sectoral project that addresses a complex urban issue/s specific to your city and will contribute to the sustainability of your community, city or region.

Form a Local Secretariat
Form a group comprising of representatives from government, industry and civil society to guide and deliver the Innovating project. It is advised that all members have a genuine stake in the project and its outcomes and undertake an active role in the project’s implementation. This group also becomes a Cities Programme Local Secretariat.

Nominate an In-Country Convenor
You will be required to appoint an In-Country Convenor, this is the nominated person to liaise with Cities Programme.

View the Cities Programme Innovating – Local Secretariat [Template] (PDF 200 KB 2 pages)

Note: The details of your Local Secretariat membership can be submitted online as part of your Innovating Project submission.

Keep in touch

Please feel free to seek advice/communicate regularly with our office during this process – email us at or phone +61 399 253 407.

4. Submit your Innovating Project

Submit your Innovating project using our web publishing system. A user name and password will be forwarded to you.