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Global Compact Cities Programme

Notable Organizations

In Brief

2003, Melbourne; see UN Global Compact principles

Why it is Notable

(2003, Melbourne).  Seeks to promote the Ten Principles of the UN’s Global Compact with corporations, translating the Principles into urban governance and recognizing three levels of engagement: Signatory Cities, Leading Cities, and Innovating Cities.


(2003, Global Cities Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne;

The urban component of the United Nations Global Compact (GC), the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. Seeks to promote GC’s Ten Principles (regarding human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption) by cities, and provide a framework for translating the principles into day-to-day urban governance and management. The Cities Programme recognizes three levels of engagement: 1) Signatory Cities: committed to the ten Principles and encouraging local business to join the GC: 2) Leading Cities: drivers of positive urban change with a dedicated sustainability plan; 3) Innovating Cities: activities beyond the commitment of Levels 1 & 2: projects of a city or region with “a transformational quality” that are managed cross-sectorally, engaging government, business, and civil society; learning from the project is shared across the Cities Programme network. The Programme created the “Melbourne Model” and promotes the “Circles of Sustainability” urban profile process. Director: Ralph Horne; 12 staff plus several interns. Contact:

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