The Commissioner of València, world sustainable food capital 2017, Vicente Domingo, visited the Headquarter of the United Nations in New York last week to participate in an expert meeting concerning “Integrating food security and nutrition into urban and territorial planning”. The international expert group developed proposals and recommendations to move forward the implementation of the New Urban Agenda which was adopted during the Habitat III conference in Quito in October 2016. Food security and malnutrition are among the crucial topics of the Urban Agenda and a multi-actor and inter-sectorial approach is needed that encompasses a comprehensive new food system from farm to waste management. The overall goal of the meeting was therefore to develop a list of recommendations and guiding principles for those governments as well as local and regional authorities that would like to improve their current food systems.
Vicente Domingo also used the opportunity to liaise with high officials of the UN and FAO to prepare the annual gathering of mayors within the framework of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact which will take place in Valencia from 19 – 21 October 2017.