Barcelona to host the 7th Global Forum for the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

Barcelona will be holding the 7th Global Forum for the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) from 18 to 21 October. The pact is an agreement between cities all around the world to “to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse, that provide healthy and affordable food to all people in a human rights-based framework, that minimize waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change”. The main topic at the meeting in Barcelona, during the year when the city is the world sustainable food capital, will be the need to change how we eat.

12/09/2021 10:10 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The current food system accounts for between 21 and 37% of global emissions, percentages which could climb to 38% in 2050. Because of this, as indicated by various reports, a major transformation is needed in our food habits and the way the global model operates to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDG) set out in the 2030  Agenda.

As the biggest consumers in this system, cities play a strategic role in this process. Aware of this, Barcelona will be hosting the seventh Global Forum for the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) next month, bringing together specialists and political representatives from the main cities in Europe and other continents, as well as members of international agencies, the science community and civil society organisations to address the best way to promote sustainable food and tackle the climate emergency. Avoiding food waste could reduce urban food emissions by up to an estimated 15%.

The Forum will include the presentation of The Barcelona Challenge for Good Food and Climate, an innovative tool to encourage cities to transform their food systems, reduce food waste and move towards compliance with the 2030 Agenda.