Food Weeks: events, workshops, conferences on the themes of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

Grande Milano (SRN 7A)

From the end of September until the end of October – and on the occasion of the signature of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact – the City of Milan promotes the Food Weeks: a rich calendar of events organized by and with other international organizations and associations. Conferences, workshops, meetings that will address the challenge of how to build a more sustainable, equitable and healthier global food system. 

  • 28 September 2015: The Governance of the Smart Cities Food Agenda: the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact challenge Governance, smart cities and the food agenda are key themes of Milan’s Universal Exposition and Milan Urban Food Policy Pact challenge. The Workshop explores these themes, focusing on: governance, smart cities and food; urban and regional food systems; food agenda in world cities; 
    Bicocca University, Italy & Edinburgh Napier University, UK, City of Milan, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation
    Venue: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation. Via Gian Domenico Romagnosi, 3 Milano
    Audience: city experts, academics, general public
  • 28 September 2015: Smart Voices: Voices and music with Baba Sissoko to reflect on food systems and international cooperation in Milan Food systems are at the heart of sustainable and fair development. The city of Milan – which has always been highly committed to international and decentralized cooperation – organizes the event to rise awareness and stimulate a reflection on the relevance of mutual support among cities on food issues.
    Organizer: Food Smart Cities for Development, City of Milan, City of Milan, SUQ delle culture
    Venue: Fabbrica del Vapore
    Audience: general public
  • 3-6 October 2015: Terra Madre Giovani – We Feed The Planet Small scale producers are at the heart of the future of food and are part of the solution for feeding the planet. Young farmers, food producers and food professionals from all over the world are invited to share ideas and get inspiration to generate new connections, ideas, business startups, and active and hands-on solutions for the future food system in a good, clean and fair way.
    Organizer: Slow Food, Terra Madre, Slow Food Youth Network, Unisg
    Venue: Superstudio Più/Mercato Metropolitano
    Audience: young farmers, food producers and food professionals, experts
  • 7 October 2015: International Seminar on integrated small-scale garden systems to improve food security in urban environments. The Seminar will focus on the review of different small garden systems (microgarden technologies) in the urban environment. Urban gardening is gaining global momentum, in the framework of strategies for the greening of cities, food and nutrition. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Gambia, Niger, Burkina Faso), also thanks to the Italian Cooperation funded project, based in Dakar. The seminar will gather different leading experts and institutions (FAO, Milano University, ACRA, Municipalities) with a strong track record on the topic, with the view of stimulating an exchange of knowledge and practices.
    Organizer: FAO UNIMI ACRA City of Milan
    Venue: EXPO – Bicocca University Conference Room
    Audience: city experts, academics, general public
  • 10 October 2015: In the name of Africa – Pixel Urban Art The Pixel Urban Art project of CEFA, arrives in Milan in Piazza Duomo with 10.000 empty white and blue plates. The purpose is to raise awareness on the problem of hunger in Africa, especially in Mozambique, a country that still needs to recover from the devastation left behind by the long civil war.
    Organizers: CEFA, with the partronage of the City of Milan, Bologna, Genova, Turin and Expo 2015
    Audience: general public
    Venue: Piazza Duomo
  • 15 October 2015: WHO Healthy Cities – Italian Network  A special meeting of the Italian cities of the WHO Healthy Cities network, that will take place in Milan under the theme “health and nutrition in the cities: from good practices to policies”. The main goal of the meeting is to discuss the relation between health and nutrition, from good practices to good policies. The workshop will deepen in particular experiences in the fields of urban and periurban agriculture, local food, sustainable diets, food and poverty, food waste.
    Organizer: City of Milan, Rete Città Sane OMS
    Audience: Italian cities, closed-door seminar
    Venue: Palazzo Marino – Sala Alessi
  • 16 October 2015: MUFPP Focal Points Meeting In 2022, The Netherlands will be home to the Amsterdam-Almere World Horticulture Expo- The Floriade. A key theme for the Expo will be “Growing green cities”. On this occasion, knowledge will be shared to find joint solutions to issues related to Feeding the Cities, energy, water and health. Inspired by the Expo 2015 theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The proposal of the Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, which has brought together nearly 50 cities  to work together on the contents of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, is now a reality. The 16 October meeting is conceived as a moment for both celebrating the hard work done in the past months and thinking about how to move ahead. The City of Milan and the City of Almere will present their ideas and proposals, inviting other cities to join in and share ideas.
    Organizer: City of Almere, City of Milan
    Audience: MUFPP cities, closed-door seminar
    Venue: EXPO, Dutch Pavillon
  • 17 October 2015: Feeding the 5000 Feeding the 5000 Milan will be a high-profile ‘umbrella’ event, designed to bring together an alliance of organizations at all levels. The purpose is to raise awareness on the scale of food waste in Milan, in Italy and at global level, while promoting the uptake of positive solutions to the problem. During the event thousands of citizens will take part in a delicious free feast and will taste a meal sourced entirely from fresh, top- quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted. It is going to be a spectacular public celebration of the positive win-win solutions to food waste. The event will provide stimulus for businesses, government and the public to take up the easily implementable, positive actions to tackle food waste, following the example of partner organizations on the ground. Feeding the 5000 Milan is going to bring public and political attention to the issue of food waste, and act as a catalyst for further action across Italy.
    Organizer: Feedback, Slow Food, City of Milan
    Audience: general public
    Venue: Piazza Castello
  • 17 October 2015: Best Practice Sharing On Sustainable Urban Food The City of Geneva and the City of Lausanne, in collaboration with Délice – the network of good food cities of the world – organize an afternoon of best practice sharing on sustainable urban food. As part of the Expo challenge “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, this session aims to get insight into international case studies and to foster informal discussions and exchanges.
    Organizer: City of Geneva, City of Lausanne, Délice Network
    Audience: cities officials, closed-door seminar, registration required
    Venue: EXPO, Swiss Pavilion
  • 19-20 October 2015: Conference on the Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policies FAO, OECD and UNCDF have launched a joint multi-year initiative to assess Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) policies from a territorial perspective. The joint initiative aims to assess, scale up, and pilot innovative policy approaches and governance mechanisms to improve food security and nutrition in rural areas, in emerging and developing countries.
    Organizer: FAO, OECD, UNCDF, City of Milan
    Audience: cities officials, closed-door seminar
    Venue: EXPO – EU Pavilion
  • 20-21-22 October 2015: SUN Movement Global Gathering
    The SUN Global Gathering (SUNGG) is a key moment for stock taking within the Movement and a unique opportunity where stakeholders can reflect on joint efforts to scale up nutrition. This year there will also be a special focus on shaping the future of the SUN Movement, with discussions on the renewed strategy and roadmap for 2016-2020. The objectives of the 2015 SUNGG are to (1) Take stock of what has been achieved in SUN Countries, (2) Share the wealth of experience, knowledge and resources of each SUN Country and Network, and (3) Sharpen a shared vision of the Movement for its future and the steps required to get there.
    Organizer: SUN Movement Secretariat
    Venue:. Milano Congressi (MiCo)
    Audience: Members of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, international experts on nutrition, regional and national authorities. By invitation only, live stream videos, podcasts and reports available.

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