Milan Food Policy won Guangzhou Award 2018

Milan submitted its Food Policy to the Guangzhou International Award 2018. The prize wants to select the most innovative urban policies every two years. On the 2018 edition, 195 cities submitted 273 practices regarding several field of actions. A Technical Committee selected 15 shortlisted cities that were invited in Guangzhou City in China to present their cases in a three days conference.
Milan presented the Food Policy and its innovation in governance, local implementative actions, and international city networks like the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.
The 4th edition’s 15 shortlisted cities  presented their initiatives to an international audience composed by international organizations, diplomats, experts and scholars  during the International Seminar on Learning from Urban Innovation. The Jury, embedded in the audience, selected five cities and initiatives.

The assesment of the Technical Committee described  “Milan Food Policy,” as an innovative planning strategy integrating and implementing a Food System throughout the city. Also importantly, the initiative is strongly linking to social goals of improving health and well-being of citizens. The policy initiative additionally cooperates with other international organizations, including Eurocities, European Commission, C40.
A key innovation in the “Milan Food Policy” initiative is a new model of urban governance which is based on an integrated cross-sectoral approach between public agencies, social organizations, and the private sector.
The Technical Committee recognizes the issue presented as innovative for the Italian and European context. They appreciate the efforts in scaling the project through a holistic and integrated approach while stimulating local awareness, building public-private partnerships, and aligning municipal policies to SDG indicators.
The project facilitates the exchange of knowledge through community, local organization and international partners. The project emphasizes SDG 2: End hunger and SDG 11: Sustainable cities.

The Award Ceremony on December 7th announced the 5 winners of the 2018 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. They are Milan, Italy; New York, United States; Wuhan, China; Guadalajara, Mexico and Mezitli, Turkey.

The 15 shorlisted cites (4 of them are signatory city of the Milan Pact*) are:

  1. Santa Fe, Argentina Santa Fe’s Western Urban Natural Reserve: Embracing the HydroclimaticsRisks
  2. Sydney, Australia Green Square: From a Rich Industrial Past to a Vibrant, Sustainable and Connected Community
  3. Salvador, Brazil Environmental Recovery Program of the CanabravaPark Caravanada Mata Atlantica
  4. Repentigny, Canada A City for All
  5. Wuhan, China The “Rebirth” of Urban Waste Dump –Ecological Treatment and Return of Plurality
  6. Yiwu, China Innovating Foreign Service Initiatives to Build a Harmonious and Integrated Yiwu
  7.  Santa Ana, Costa Rica Santa Ana enCleta: Active Mobility and Empowerment of Women
  8. Surabaya, Indonesia Public Participatory in 3R Waste Management for Better Surabaya
  9. Milan*, Italy Milan Food Policy: An Innovative Framework for Making Urban Food System More Sustainable, Inclusive
  10. Guadalajara*,Mexico Citizen-LedMetropolitanCoordinationofGuadalajara
  11. Utrecht*,Netherlands Localizing the SDGs through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
  12. Kazan,Russia Innovative Social and Economic Development of the City ofKazan
  13. eThekwini, South Africa Incremental, Participatory, Programmatic Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme Partnerships with the Private Sector to Achieve SustainableSanitationServiceProvision
  14. Mezitli,Turkey Mezitli Women Producers Market
  15. New York*,United States, Global Vision | Urban Action: New York City’s Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Shows Local Progress for Global Action

Aside from the 5 winners, the Indonesian city of Surabaya claims the “Online Popular City”, thanks to 1.504.535 votes. The  charismatic Mayor Tri Rismaharini, presented her participatory waste management policy.

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