More than 100 cities commit to an FAO pact to eradicate hunger

15 October 2015

Cities play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger, said today the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), after praising the commitment of more than 100 cities around the world to make food systems in urban areas more equitable and sustainable.

At a mayors’ summit in the framework of Expo 2015, which is held in Milan until October 31, José Graziano da Silva applauded the more than 100 councilors for signing the Urban Food Policy Pact.

Through the agreement, cities commit to four principles: ensuring healthy eating for all, promoting sustainability in the food system, educating the public about healthy eating, and reducing waste.

Urban centers will be key players in making the new Sustainable Development Goals a reality, including the eradication of hunger by 2030, said Graziano Da Silva.

“A majority of the world’s population already lives in cities and the urban population will continue to grow, especially in developing countries. Unfortunately, many cities cannot ensure regular and stable access to food and water for all and even so, food security and nutrition continue to be ignored in urban planning and development, ”said the FAO director.

Da Silva also made reference to unhealthy practices that cause problems such as obesity, especially in urban areas and in countries with middle and high income, where people’s lifestyles are changing diets.

15 October 2015

Cities play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger, said today the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), after praising the commitment of more than 100 cities around the world to make food systems in urban areas more equitable and sustainable.

At a mayors’ summit in the framework of Expo 2015, which is held in Milan until October 31, José Graziano da Silva applauded the more than 100 councilors for signing the Urban Food Policy Pact.

Through the agreement, cities commit to four principles: ensuring healthy eating for all, promoting sustainability in the food system, educating the public about healthy eating, and reducing waste.

Urban centers will be key players in making the new Sustainable Development Goals a reality, including the eradication of hunger by 2030, said Graziano Da Silva.

“A majority of the world’s population already lives in cities and the urban population will continue to grow, especially in developing countries. Unfortunately, many cities cannot ensure regular and stable access to food and water for all and even so, food security and nutrition continue to be ignored in urban planning and development, ”said the FAO director.

Da Silva also made reference to unhealthy practices that cause problems such as obesity, especially in urban areas and in countries with middle and high income, where people’s lifestyles are changing diets.