UN Global Compact – Cities Programme: Accelerating multi-sector SDG and NUA projects through City Partnerships

UN Global Compact – Cities Programme: Accelerating multi-sector SDG and NUA projects through City Partnerships

At WUF 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Lead Partner of the World Urban Campaign, the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme, launched its innovative partnered system to develop high impact projects to advance the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

Cities, regions and towns across the world now have the opportunity to express interest in participating in this focused on the development of sustainable development projects that are delivered in partnership with private sector, civil society, academia and the community.

Danish philanthropist, Realdania is a founding global partner of ‘City Partnerships Challenge’ along with Australian university, RMIT. The United Nations Global Compact and its sister initiatives, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and networks in 85+ countries across the world bring the private sector and investment community to this effort that is working to give city authorities the skills and partners to tackle critical global challenges on the local level.

The process draws on the 15 years’ experience of the Cities Programme in applying ‘the Melbourne Model’ –  a collaborative framework ‘to catalyse and combine the resources of government, business and civil society in order to find concrete solutions to seemingly intractable urban, social, economic and environmental issues’.

The Cities Programme is also working with existing networks, programs and investment vehicles (aimed at delivering sustainable and resilient urbanisation) by brokering partnerships and establishing “shared value” governance. The aim is to accelerate and sustain implementation of transformative projects.

We encourage cities, towns and region to express interest in participating in City Partnerships Challenge and invite leaders from the private sector, civil society and academia to consider becoming implementation partners in their country.

Follow this link to learn more about the Cities Partnerships Challenge and link to the Expression of Interest forms. Follow this link to see more about City Partnerships Challenge in action, with an article on the 2018 cohort of Australian cities.


Article by Elizabeth Ryan
Photo Credits: UN Global Compact – Cities Programme (CC)