Cities and regions enter the UN Global Compact as signatories. To become a signatory to the Global Compact, the most senior representative of the city, municipal or state government addresses a letter of commitment to the UN Secretary General that is submitted with an online application at

The organisation also commits to Communicate on Engagement (CoE) biannually. Each city and region is given a dedicated webpage at

A city then becomes Active in their commitment to the Ten Principles. A city can deepen their engagement by becoming a Leading-level or Innovating-level City. Follow the links below.


“With such a global reach, the UN Global Compact relies heavily on local action and efforts to promote the Ten Principles and facilitate their implementation on the ground.

Cities – in particular – have the potential to make enormous strides in creating truly sustainable societies – where economic, social, political and environmental issues are integrated and advanced.

The Global Compact Cities Programme seeks to do just that—and assists cities to coordinate the resources, expertise and experience within government, business and civil society to address complex urban challenges”.

Georg Kell,
Executive Director, UN Global Compact