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Municipal Sustainability Index

Localizing, Monitoring, Implementing

The Municipal Sustainability Index (ISM, Portuguese acronym) is a model for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level. It's a support tool for the definition of municipal strategies that values the role of local communities as development agents.

It takes into account the global indicators with applicability to the local reality that best translate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 169 targets and 244 indicators contained in the 2030 Agenda, while seeking to maintain coherence and alignment between the various levels of analysis (global, national, local). Citizens' perceptions (subjective evaluation), measured through local surveys, may be aggregated to global indicators, mostly provided by OECD, INE, Municipalities and other official entities

This index allows comparison between administrative territorieson each indicator, target, SDG, 5Ps, and overall value.

The methodology used in the ISM is shared internationally through the Local 2030 - Localizing the SDGs and is positioned as a pioneer in the international movement for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals at local level.

Each of the Municipalities belonging to the CESOP-Local Network receives the ISM Report corresponding to its territory every year.

The Municipal Sustainability Index is in its fourth edition (ISM 2021) and brings together a total of 130 indicators, of which 115 are unduplicated, relating to 66 targets.