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F4 - Resilient urban food systems and the international sustainable development agenda

Session Description

Facilitator: Marielle Dubbeling, Director, RUAF Foundation, Leusden, the Netherlands


  • Guido Santini, Program Coordinator, Food for the Cities, UN-FAO, Rome, Italy
  • Veronika Anna Utz, Project Manager, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Bilateral Trust Fund for Food Security with the UN-FAO, GIZ, Bonn, Germany (tbc)
  • Sudhvir Singh, Director of Policy, EAT Foundation, Oslo, Norway
  • Sergio Escobar, Executive Director, Cooperation and Investment Agency for Medellín, Municipality of Medellin, Colombia
  • Leon Meijer, Alderman, Food Valley Region, Municipality of Ede, the Netherlands
  • James Lomax, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment, Paris, France
  • Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI, Bonn, Germany

Organized in cooperation with RUAF Foundation and technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The full range of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be achieved without rapid progress in eliminating hunger and malnutrition. Goal 11, ‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’, is no exception. Equally, the Paris Climate Agreement recognizes the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the impacts of climate change, and the specific impact of food systems on the changing climate. The New Urban Agenda (NUA), an outcome of Habitat III Conference, explicitly includes food security and nutrition as well as (urban) food systems as key priorities and responsibilities for cities.

This Panel session will set the scene for the Urban Food Forum at this congress. It will be gather city representatives and other key participants and speakers to (i) advocate for the importance of building resilient and sustainable city region food systems (CRFS), (ii) discuss the transition towards sustainable city region food systems as a key factor of resilience for cities within the framework of the global development agenda as mentioned above (Sustainable Development Goals, COP21 Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda) with a focus on how to move towards implementation) and (iii) present the action plan of the ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD network.