Annual Gathering and Mayors’ summit 2016

The second Annual Gathering and Mayors’ Summit of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), will take place on 13-14 October 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Due to the strong link between FAO’s mission and the objectives of the MUFPP, FAO has agreed to support this initiative and to host the second annual gathering of mayors, which is set to take place after the World Food Day ceremony.
The gathering of mayors and city officials is an opportunity for signatory cities to exchange ideas and share their progress in meeting the goals of the Pact. To enhance this cooperation the MUFPP secretariat has launched together with Fondazione Cariplo the Milan Pact Awards. The winners will be announced during the Mayors Summit.



13 October, Iraq room





2.00 pm: Welcome address
Marcela Villarreal, Director partnerships, advocacy and capacity development, FAO
Emma Bonino, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Milan for International Relations, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy and EU Commissioner

2.10 pm: Introduction
Presentation of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact updates and work-plan by Cécile Michel, MUFPP Secretariat, City of Milan

2.20 pm: Building a Monitoring Framework of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
Moderators: Carlo Cafiero – Voices of the Hungry Project Manager, FAO Statistics Division. Guido Santini – Food For the Cities Programme Technical Coordinator, FAO Plant Production and Protection Division

Although the agreement is non-binding, many MUFPP cities have requested the identification of measurable targets and indicators to help them monitor progress and results in order to inform decision making processes. The session will be based upon the work led by the City of Milan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to build a monitoring framework in order to assess the progress made by cities in achieving more sustainable food systems thus implementing the Pact.
4.20 pm: Coffee break
4.35 pm: Networks and policy: What do cities need from networks for sustainable food systems
Moderator: Cinzia Tegoni, Food Smart Cities for Development, City of Milan

Beyond exchage of good practices, networks can play a key role in the enhancement of policy and the enabling environment for urban food systems. The panel will kick off a discussion about the added value of alliances at global, regional and national network levels to reach the MUFPP goals.
5.35 pm: FAO proposal on championning sustainable food systems through city-to-city cooperation
Moderator: Thierry Giordano – Technical expert in decentralized cooperation, FAO Partnership, Advocacy and Capacity Development

Not all cities are moving at the same pace in the implementation of Milan Pact, and some cities might beneficiate from other cities experience, knowledge and expertise. City-to-city cooperation, especially through south-south and triangular cooperation could be an important means to share good practices and support the implementation of the Pact. This session will aim at presenting the FAO proposal for city-to-city cooperation and discuss its way forward.

6.35 pm: End

Master of Ceremony, Davide Di Martino, MUFPP Secretariat, City of Milan

Working languages: EN, FR, ITA, ES

8.00 pm: Official dinner in the halls and cloister of the Monastery of Sant’Egidio


14 October, Plenary Room



10.00 am:    (program by FAO)

12.00 am:     Lunch

Green Room




2.30 pm:       Opening Remarks

Josè Graziano Da Silva, FAO Director General
Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan


2.45 pm:       Keynote speeches

Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London; Member, IPES-Food
Roberta Sonnino, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Cardiff University, MPA evaluation commitee


3.00 pm:       Mayors’ Debate

Video message from the Mayor of the City of Quito
4 Mayors from different regions of the World


3.50 pm:       Announcement of the next MUFPP Hosting City

4.00 pm        Milan Pact Awards Ceremony: MUFPP champions share their success stories

Welcome address: Sonia Maria Margherita Cantoni, Fondazione Cariplo
Moderator: Danielle Nieremberg, President of FoodTank, Milan Awards Committee member
Introduction: Thomas Forster, Milan Pact Awards’ Coordinator

The awards will be presented by Awards Committee Members Marcela Villarreal, Director of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development at FAO and Ashley Baxstrom, Policy Advisor for the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security & Nutrition.
The session will illustrate the winning food policy and practices of the six Special Mention Awards and of the two Monetary Awards for peer-to-peer technical assistance with the presentations of city officials and the comments of the experts of the evaluation committee. An open-floor discussion about the displayed practices and similar models will follow and involve contributions from the whole audience.

5.30 pm:     Closing remarks



Master of Ceremony, Enrique Yeves, Director of Office for Corporate Communications, FAO

Working languages: EN, FR, ES, RUS, ITA, ARABIC,CHINESE

The event is by invitation only, registration is required

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