On World Food Day over 100 cities sign the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

16 October 2015

Yesterday, Mayors and delegates from more than 100 cities all over the world gathered in Milan to sign the first international Urban Food Policy Pact. This protocol commits the political leads of these cities - representing together over 400 million people - to develop sustainable food systems to grant healthy and accessible food to all, protect biodiversity and fight against food waste.

The Pact is one of the legacies of the Universal Exposition which was hosted by Milan under the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".  

Today, the Pact will be presented to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the occasion of World Food Day.

The Pact is an initiative of the Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia who decided to bring together urban areas from the north and the south of the world in order to map out a common route towards new food policies. 

Discussions around the Pact began in 2014 during the Summit of the C40 Cities, a group committed to fighting climate change. In September 2014, a group of 46 cities began a dialogue around the content of the Pact assisted by a team of international experts and the support of an advisory group, comprising of representatives from major international organisations.

The Pact aims to create an international network of cities committed to developing and implementing sustainable food policies. A number of SFC members signed the Pact as part of this rapidly growing global good food movement.

Contents of the Pact and Good Practices

The Pact includes the commitment to develop and implement policies that promote fair, sustainable and resilient food systems and a framework of action that focuses on six different areas of intervention.
1) Governance, through actions such as the mapping of existing local practices, the information exchange the involvement of all stakeholders within a local food system;
2) Sustainable diets, through various activities such as the development of guidelines on healthy nutrition;
3) Social and economic justice, that includes the support to disadvantaged groups by setting up canteens and community kitchens and through the promotion of activities enhancing social inclusion, such as shared fruit gardens;
4) Food production, with specific interventions targeted at supporting
urban and periurban production;
5) Food distribution, through sustainable low environmental impact logistics systems, and the support to city and farmers markets;
6) Food waste, with the adoption of policies aimed at promoting the reduction of food surpluses and losses across the entire food supply chain and increasing people’s awareness on the need of reducing food waste.

Find out more about the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

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