Global Citizenship and Solidarity Policy

Global Citizenship and Solidarity Policy


Cities become indispensable and necessary allies to face the enormous challenges that affect the planet and humanity. The Sustainable Development Goals are responsible for the change needed inside the urban agendas and, inevitably, they mark the new direction toward where to channel the definition of the different public policies of the city.


The city of Madrid is aware of the profound reforms to undertake by being committed to the purposes set out in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. And in coherence with other international urban agendas, the city decides to reactivate the policy of global citizenship and international cooperation for development for the 2015-2019 period.


This policy of the city and for the city is formulated as a guide of theoretical, doctrinal and instrumental reference for action; an action based on the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development, innovative for people and for the sustainability of our life and planet.


The definition and development of this new solidarity policy is based on the participation of the different Madrid agents, even if they are not directly related to international cooperation. For this, the Madrid Solidario Forum is articulated as a joint participation and debate tool between Madrid City Council and the different members.


During 2016, the strategic lines based on the defense of human rights, gender equality, defense of peace and sustainability in its triple aspect (social, economic and environmental) were approved. This way, it incorporates solidarity values and global citizenship approaches in the design of its public policies, and also contributes to implement new social paradigms based on the culture of peace and solidarity.


During 2017, we have worked intensely and participated in the preparation of the Strategic Framework for Global Citizenship and International Cooperation (approved by AJG on October 31, 2018). This framework broadens the conceptual, instrumental and relative basis for the agents’ participation, concluding in the definition of four strategic areas and their respective objectives. These include the local and global unions of the challenges posed by development, and allows to strategically synthesize the priority elements of this policy. Likewise, the drafted document called "Madrid 2030: A City for All People and All Generations" has been prepared as the base for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda regarding the localization of the SDGs in the different public policies of city.


In terms of communication, the City of Madrid website has generated different information related to the co-financed projects in order to publicize them. Also, during 2017 and 2018, the "15 solidarity minutes" from La Corrala were set up on the municipal radio M-21. This was made to show how the investment is channeled into solidarity and social justice, and how to contribute to the achievement of the 17 SDGs through the entities that execute the different projects.



-To make progress in the implementation of the strategic and comprehensive policy lines on global citizenship and international cooperation for development undertaken by the City of Madrid.

-To build the role of the city of Madrid in a complex world undergoing significant transformations and facing global problems that affect us all, assuming its corresponding responsibility in a global political framework.

-To identify the strategic areas of this policy, the itineraries for working in these areas, the priorities and objectives, and the tools at the service of these strategic orientations.



The duration of this project is from 2015 to 2019.




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