Global Nutrition Summit 2017. Watch the video "Cities taking the lead"

Currently over half of the world population lives in urban areas, a proportion projected to rise to two thirds by 2050. Rapid urbanization is putting great pressure on the environment and the global food system. Many cities are facing the triple burden of malnutrition: the concurrence of hunger, undernutrition and obesity. How can cities ensure access to healthy food and clean water to everybody?
At the Global Nutrition Summit held on 4 November 2017 in Milan, the city of Milan and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact organized a thematic session on Improving nutrition within planetary boundaries: cities taking the lead.
Welcome from Master of Ceremonies for morning sessions: Dr. Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO
Moderator: Dr. Gunhild Stordalen, Chair, EAT Foundation

  • Tom Arnold, Member, Global Panel for Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition: Overall background on the growing challenge of malnutrition in urban areas. Presentation of policy brief: “Urban diets and nutrition: trends, challenges and opportunities for policy action
  • Jane Battersby, Senior Researcher in Urban Food Systems, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town: The rapidly shifting nature of malnutrition in Sub-Saharan African cities with overweight status and obesity emerging as new forms of food insecurity while malnutrition persists.
  • Wayne Roberts, PhD, Canadian food policy analyst: The role of local, city, county and metropolitan food policy councils and food strategies in addressing hunger, environmental protection, and green job creation, and food policymaking.

City dialogue:

  • Anna Scavuzzo, Vice-Mayor of Milan: Milan’s Food Policy, in particular the role of school canteens in addressing nutrition issues
  • Albert Ntsodo, Councillor, City of Cape Town: Projects on food security in Cape Town, in particular urban gardens

Watch the full session

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