The United Nations calls on the World’s Mayors to Make ‘Global Commitments Local Realities’ especially when it comes to food

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At a special event ‘From Global Issues to Local Priorities’ José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations called for making “global commitments local realities,” especially commitments to climate change and food security.

Graziano da Silva said that it is “essential to engage local authorities in promoting sustainable cities and communities”, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The eradication of hunger and all forms of malnutrition are included in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both obesity and hunger have increased in the last three years, particularly in urban areas where people are eating more processed unhealthy foods. By 2050, almost 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas.

José Graziano da Silva stated that “We urgently need to transform our food systems, we need to put in place food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food for everyone, while preserving our natural resources and biodiversity by integrating actions from the production to the consumption of food.”

He added that city dwellers can no longer be seen only as food consumers and rural communities only as food producers. Cities must take on a heavier role in food sustainability and climate change.

The FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda will be launching on March 7th in Rome, Italy. The Framework highlights ideas to generate employment, strengthen local food value chains, and reduce food waste in cities.

The President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa,echoed Graziano da Silva’s words by saying that “A better, more sustainable and inclusive future for all is possible if we optimize the relationships and the coordination between National Governments and local Governments, which can and must be the agents for the transformations that we need.”

See the full event online

Read the FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda.
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