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 United Nations Global Compact. This commitment is made by the Mayor or most senior representative of municipal government on behalf of the city or district, who on behalf of the city or region, expresses commitment to advance the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals and to Communicate on Engagement every two years.
The steps 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, 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 or region is listed on the Global Compact website and you have log in details.
Step 5 – You will receive a welcome letter from the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme inclusive of invitation to become a supported signatory.
Step 6 – Your city or region is given a webpage on www.citiesprogramme.org/cities . Any news, contributions and projects you submit, can be published here.