Join the UN Global Compact

The first step to becoming part of the UN Global Compact and its Cities Programme, is to become a signatory to the UN Global Compact.

This commitment is made by the Mayor or most senior representative of municipal government, who on behalf of the city or district,  expresses their government’s commitment to advance the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to publicly communicate their progress through a Communication on Engagement [CoE] every two years.

Signatory Cities

Signatory cities become part of a global network of local and regional governments, working together to solve complex urban challenges and to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their Cities. 

The Cities Programme supports this network through connecting cities who share similar challenges, providing advice and support through webinars, publications and resources and assisting cities with the Communication on Engagement process.

The Cities Programme also promotes innovative city initiatives and best practice solutions to progressing the SDGs by our signatory cities to our international networks. 

Signatory cities who would like to share their progress on the SDGs through the Cities Programme’s international networks can submit news stories using the button below:

Leading Cities

Leading level cities and regions are cities who are actively engaging with the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme to advance the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals – making their city or region inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – through:

• a holistic, collaborative, participatory approach to sustainability and,
• the implementation of multi partner sustainable urban development project/s.

Leading cities achieve this through conducting research and utilising Cities Programme tools and frameworks, including The City Scan, The City Partnerships Challenge and the Melbourne Model Framework.

Innovating Cities

Innovating Cities and regions lead by example – they demonstrate exceptional innovation and leadership in shaping sustainable cities through continued collaboration and action and influence others through their sustainable development practice.

Innovating cities and regions are by invitation for a term of three years and are recognised by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme as champions of best practice. 

The Cities Programme works with innovating cities on supporting multi-sectoral collaborative projects that are managed by a taskforce of government, private sector, civil society and academia with active participation from the community. The Cities Programme works individually with these cities via a negotiated fee-for-service structure, to deepen their engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to promote their work as examples of best practice throughout the Cities Programme network.

To find out more about becoming an innovating city, contact us.

Examples of innovating Cities

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Milwaukee, USA and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands