The 5th meeting of the Milan Pact
The 5th annual meeting and summit of mayors from the signatory cities of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact will take place in Montpellier, France, from October 7 to 9 2019. Two hundred elected officials including some forty mayors are expected to discuss the issue of sustainable food.
Initiated in 2015 during the World Expo in Milan, whose theme was "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) aims to promote responsible food practices. Its goal is to encourage mayors around the world to commit to the subject by developing sustainable food systems.
Since October 2015, almost 200 signatory cities to the Milan Pact have committed to implementing local actions based around six priority areas:
- Establish food governance,
- Promote sustainable food and healthy nutrition,
- Ensure social and economic equity,
- Support food production (rural-to-urban links),
- Manage food supply and distribution,
- Reduce food waste.
The theme of this 5th edition is "The Milan Pact 2030: 17 sustainable development goals to guide urban food systems.” It aims to highlight its strong links with the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Program. This international agreement, signed by 193 member states in 2015, established 17 sustainable development goals covering major societal issues.
All aspects of food policy will be addressed, from biodiversity to the fight against hunger, from infrastructure to education, from water to climate. Mayors and city representatives are invited to share their experiences and good practices. Political figures, experts and researchers, UN agencies and stakeholders will also speak and contribute to the various sessions of the summit. Some conferences are open to the general public.
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