How to 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 (project-related SDGs and principles display visually on each project page). The system is simple and accessible and allows users to publish projects, amend them during the life of the project, update with images and videos, and 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.

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 for Urban Sustainability’ 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.

Contact us to request publishing access: communications@citiesprogramme.org. We will send you further information and a user name and password.


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