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A report analyses the implementation of the SDGs in Madrid’s municipalities


The INAECU Institute, linked to the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and the Spanish Sustainable Development Network (REDS, in its Spanish acronym) have presented the “Municipalities of the Community of Madrid and the 2030 Agenda. A diagnosis of their degree of implementation” report, which assesses the degree to which local councils with more than 5,000 inhabitants in the Community of Madrid comply with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS)

Based on methodology from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the REDS’ report “The SDGs in 100 Spanish cities”, this new work presents sheets from 81 municipalities within Madrid, where the degree of compliance with each of the 17 SDGs was able to be consulted.

Each municipality was assessed by giving them a score from 0 to 100 for each of the SDGs. The score comes from a number of indicators obtained from regional and national databases. The number of indicators for each SDG varies depending on differences in access to and availability of existing data. In any case, at least 2 indicators were used to generate a score for each SDG. In total, there are 103 proposed indicators, all of which have disaggregated data at a municipal level.

It is possible to identify which Goals are the closest to being achieved by analysing the SDGs. These include SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), where half of the cities have managed to reach the green threshold. Most cities achieved an average score for the rest of the SDGs. The worst performing Goal is SDG 13 (Climate Action).

The report was presented today at an online conference held in collaboration with the Madrid Federation of Municipalities and Provinces. The session also included a round table discussion with the mayors of Cercedilla, Pozuelo, and Rivas-Vaciamadrid, as well as with the Madrid City Council’s Councillor for Internationalisation. The results from different municipalities were analysed and good practices implemented in this context were discussed at the meeting.

The report, which is available to be downloaded, has been created within the framework of the “Towards the consolidation of inclusive cities, a challenge for Madrid” research project, which is being funded by the Community of Madrid’s Ministry of Education and Research through the European Union’s European Social Fund, which has been running since 2020. The results for each municipality and SDG are available on the report’s website: