Joan Ribó promotes sustainable food during the annual convening of the Global Parliament of Mayors

On 25 and 26 September, Joan Ribó participated in the annual convening of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) held in Stavanger, Norway, to present the activities and objectives that València is carrying out within the framework of “València world sustainable food capital 2017″.

The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) was created in 2014 at the initiative of the city of The Hague and based on the ideas of Dr. Benjamin Barber, an American academic and activist who was convinced that cities around the world should collaborate more to address the challenges of globalization such as inclusion, migration, or climate change. Currently more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities and by 2050 it will be approximately 75%. Cities know today’s problems first-hand, and sometimes the solutions imposed by national governments are not enough or efficient. In this sense, the GPM functions as an advisory body for national governments, thematic city networks and international organizations such as the UN or the Council of Europe.

Joan Ribó spoke during the plenary session on “Resilient Cities” together with the mayors of Atlanta (USA), Hoima (Uganda), The Hague (Netherlands), Des Moines (USA) and Juma Assiago (UN-Habitat). The mayor of València stressed the important role that cities play in developing sustainable, inclusive, resilient, safe and diversified food systems to ensure healthy and accessible food for all. He also invited members of the Global Parliament of Mayors to “join forces” and sign the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.

Several mayors of GPM have already confirmed their participation in the Summit of mayors and mayors of the signatory cities of the Milan Pact to take place in València from 19 to 21 October 2017.