Bristol joins global cities to tackle urban food issues: Cllr Asher Craig at Milan Urban Food Policy Pact signing

20 Sep 2018


Bristol joins global cities to tackle urban food issues

Bristol has joined 176 cities from around the world in the fight to tackle urban food issues by signing up to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.

Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor, attended the 4th Annual Gathering and Mayors Summit of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in Tel Aviv, where she took part in the official signing ceremony.

The Milan Urban Food Pact Policy began in 2014, when Milan was preparing to host Expo 2015 dedicated to the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The Mayor of Milan decided to launch an international protocol aimed at tackling food-related issues at the urban level, to be adopted by as many cities as possible.

The annual conference brings together mayors from around the world who believe in the importance of the food system in relation to the sustainable development of growing cities. It provides a framework for cities and international stakeholders active in improving local food systems.

Cllr Asher Craig said “We are thrilled to sign up to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, and to demonstrate our commitment to addressing and tackling food related issues. This conference was a fantastic opportunity to meet with mayors from all over the world and to share ideas, strategies and best practice examples of sustainable, resilient, safe and diverse food systems.”                                                                                                                                                           

More than 50 percent of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, and this is projected to increase to almost 70 percent by 2050. Ensuring the right to healthy and sustainable food for all citizens – especially the urban poor - is key to promoting sustainable and equal development.

In 2011 Bristol was the first city in the UK to launch a Food Policy Council. In 2015 the city was Awarded Silver status by the Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) programme. Bristol is now working towards becoming one of the first cities in the UK to achieve a SFC Gold Award through its project ‘Going For Gold’.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said “This is another important step by Bristol City Council, and will enable us to collaborate with local, regional, and international partners to promote sustainable food systems and to reduce food waste and food poverty across the city through local policy and action.”