5 Dec 2013
Cities – have your leadership recognized

Communicate your achievements through the new Leader level

The Cities Programme has recently introduced a new level into the programme – the Leader level. This level recognises cities and regions as drivers of positive urban change. It has replaced what was known as the Reporting level. This level is more specific in its criteria, recognising that leader cities or regions will generally have a dedicated sustainability plan or work within the framework of a plan that has a holistic approach. Their work will be seen to extend beyond the standard, administrative or service role of government; evidencing that they consider the future directly, are conscious of their roles as civic leaders and facilitators, and are intent on building resilient, sustainable and vibrant cities and regions. Implementation of the Ten Principles of the Global Compact will be seen in the outcomes of their strategic activities and urban projects.

The Leader level aims to recognise cities and regions exemplary and innovative practice and to increase the sharing of knowledge and engagement between Cities Programme participants and with partners in civil society and the business sector. There are a number of mechanisms for this. Cities and regions can contribute case studies or elements of their reports for publication, participate in events hosted by the Cities Programme or partners, and engaging academia with their work. Engagement at this level is generally without a fee, however cities can choose to engage direct and extended support from the International Secretariat through financial contribution to research costs.

We are encouraging cities to consider engaging at the Leader level. This is done by communicating directly with the Cities Programme secretariat about your approach and achievements. An invitation then follows. Please contact elizabethryan@citiesprogramme.org .

New Publication

In alignment with the introduction of this new Leader level is the development of a new volume of ‘Sustainable Cities’. This gives cities an immediate opportunity to have their good  practice recognised and share lessons from cities and regions’ endeavours to tackle their critical issues. The focus of this volume is on ‘Innovative and Collaborative Solutions to Critical Issues’. We invite you to contribute case studies from your city, state, municipality or region. Follow this link.

The volume will look at particular issues but it is intended to be place-based (that is, relate to a project in a specific city or region). We have identified a number of themes or issue areas. These include:

  • Water and Energy
  • Food Security and Urban Agriculture
  • Land and Housing
  • Urban Poverty and Economic Revitalization
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Integrated Urban Planning and Partnership
  • Governance and Public Participation
  • Social and Technological Innovation
  • Cultural Creativity and Vibrancy

New Communication Requirements

As of October 30, 2013, the UN Global Compact is requiring non-business participants, such as cities and regions, communicate on their engagement (CoE) with the Global Compact. This brings non-business participants into alignment with the Compact’s business participants, although non-business participants will only be required to report bi-annually, where as business participants report annually, and on their progress to implement the Ten Principles (CoP).

Cities and regions will be able to communicate on any of the aforementioned activities, such as engaging at the Leader or Innovating level, contributing case studies and participating in UNGC events. A letter is also required from the city or region’s most senior executive re-confirming the organisation’s commitment to the Ten Principles. This is uploaded on the Global Compact’s website.

Existing non-business participants will be required to undertake this communication exercise before October 30, 2015. New participants will be required to communicate within two years of submitting their initial commitment.

Follow this link for more information.