Become a Supported Signatory

All city and regional participants of United Nations Global Compact are invited to become a Supported Signatory.

As a Supported Signatory, cities and regions receive specialist services and participate in activities that:

    • support cities’ engagement with the United Nations Global Compact and
    • assist cities to align their plans and practices with the Sustainable Development Goals
  • report achievements and share knowledge.

Benefits and Services

1. Access to the City Scan Diagnostic

The ‘City Scan’ diagnostic and reporting tool was developed as a response to cities’ need for tools that support a collaborative understanding of challenges and to support decision making.  The Mark II version is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.

2. Capacity Development and Knowledge Exchange

  • Webinars – Cities Programme webinars are facilitated by leading cities and our partners and urban scholars and focus on critical issue areas, designed specifically to participant cities needs. They include technical advice, leading practice examples and links to further resources.
  • Peer sharing and community of practice – opportunities for peer to peer sharing of best practice are provided in partnered events with UN Global Compact Local Networks in a growing number of country regions.
  • Access to Urban Scholars – the expertise of high level, outcomes-focused urban academics and practitioners is available to participating cities. These additional Urban Scholar (fee for service) advisory services include independent project scope reviews, technical advice, research synthesis, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.

3. Support with reporting and a platform to communicate achievement

  • Communication on Engagement advice and templates – city contact points are supported to develop the mandatory biannual report to the United Nations Global Compact – the Communication on Engagement.
  • Project publishing system – we have a flexible online publishing system for cities which provides a framework for international recognition and the promotion of leading practice and knowledge exchange (see
  • Printed Publications – Cities and regions have the opportunity to submit case studies on their city or region’s leading initiatives for Cities Programme publications.

4. Dedicated Support

The international secretariat of the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme is committed to long term, close working relationships with our cities and regions.

Supported cities and regions have a dedicated Contact Point relationship manager in the international secretariat team (or regional team, if applicable), who:

  • systematically develops an understanding (and record) of the city or region’s priorities, challenges and achievements
  • organizes quarterly consultation teleconferences
  • is available on an as-needs basis
  • will seek opportunities to promote the member city or region’s events and achievements and to deepen engagement with the United Nations Global Compact and our network of cities and partners.

Service Fees

The standard annual fee for supported signatory participation in UN Global Compact – Cities Programme is USD3,000.

The membership fee is flexible (according to need):

  • A sliding scale participation fee is available for smaller municipalities and cities in low GDP countries and in regions facing economic hardship.
  • This fee can be scheduled to meet city or state financial budget cycles.

For cities and regions who have financial challenges, sponsorship from other organisations is encouraged. We will support proposals to private sector partners and foundations and publicly recognise support.


To learn more about these services, please contact