Milan Urban Food Policy Pact


Name of initiative Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
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Starting year 2015
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Secretariat MUFPP Secretariat, Piazza Duomo 19, 20121 Milan,
Organisational structure For the coordination of the project Milan put together the Technical Team – a panel of prominent experts with a strong track record in food-related issues and international experience. The Technical Team is coordinated by International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture (IPSA – Practice2Policy LLC) and involves support from three other organizations engaged in the City Region Food Systems Collaborative (CRFS): the RUAF Foundation (International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Systems), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through the Food for Cities Initiative, and the Housing and Land Rights Network of Habitat International Coalition (HIC).

The governance of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is ensured by the MUFPP Steering Committee and the Assembly of signatory cities. THE STEERING COMMITTEE (2016-2018) IS COMPOSED BY AFRICA: Abidjan, Dakar, Nairobi, EUROPE: Athens, Milan, Valencia, LATIN AMERICA: Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, NORTH AMERICA: Baltimore, Toronto, SOUTH & WEST ASIA: Astana, Tel Aviv. The president of the Steering Committee is the city of Milan

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture
Type of lead organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description Milan advocated an international protocol, engaging the largest number of world cities for the development of food systems, based on the principles of sustainability and social justice. This commitment for the coordination of international food policies, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, has been subscribed by Mayors on the occasion of a major event during Expo 2015, dedicated to two of the most severe emergencies of the third millennium: food security and sustainable development.

The Pact is also an instrument of foreign politics for Milan, starting from the international networks our city is already member of: from its many prominent sister cities to the C40 – Climate Leadership Group, the 69 large world cities committed to the fight against climate change. It was on the occasion of the C40 Summit in Johannesburg (February 2014) that Mayor Pisapia launched the proposal for a Pact on urban food policies to his counterparts attending the meeting, to be signed during Expo 2015. In recent months, the “diplomats of the cities” have been collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and the United Nations, in order to engage the largest number of urban realities.

The activities started in September 2014, when Milan and over 40 cities from every continent began to exchange views to define the contents of the Pact through video-conferences (webinars).

The results of this work were discussed at a meeting in London in February 2015, on which occasion standards and indicators to be included in the protocol have also been debated. The Pact has been signed by 100 cities, on 15 October 2015, with an official ceremony attended by the largest number of Mayors. The signed text has been presented to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations on 16 October 2015.

The overall procedure enjoyed the guidance of an Advisory Group formed by many leading international organizations contributing to a more sustainable, healthy and just future for the entire planet. By taking part to the process, these organizations provided their valuable support in reviewing the process and aligning it consistently with the other relevant international initiatives. For the coordination of the project, moreover, Milan put together the Technical Team – a panel of prominent experts with a strong track record in food-related issues and international experience.

Objectives 1. We will work 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 minimise waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate


2. We will encourage interdepartmental and cross-sector coordination at municipal and community levels, working to integrate urban food policy considerations into social, economic and environment policies, programmes and initiatives, such as, inter alia, food supply and distribution, social protection, nutrition, equity, food production, education, food safety and waste reduction;

3. We will seek coherence between municipal food-related policies and programmes and relevant subnational, national, regional and international policies and processes;

4. We will engage all sectors within the food system (including neighbouring authorities, technical and academic organizations, civil society, small scale producers, and the private sector) in the formulation, implementation and assessment of all food-related policies, programmes and initiatives;

5. We will review and amend existing urban policies, plans and regulations in order to encourage the establishment of equitable, resilient and sustainable food systems;

6. We will use the Framework for Action as a starting point for each city to address the development of their own urban food system and we will share developments with participating cities and our national governments and international agencies when appropriate;

7. We will encourage other cities to join our food policy actions.

Activities MUFPP 2017 Annual Gathering Cities call on UN agencies to recognize their role in shaping a sustainable food system

València, 20 October 2017. 400 mayors, experts and city delegates from the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) gathered in Valencia from 19 – 21 October 2017 to discuss sustainable food systems in the framework of the Third Annual Gathering of the Milan Urban Food...

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Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Norms and standard setting
Norms and standard setting — Standards or norms produced
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Norms and standard setting — Standards or norms implemented by stakeholders
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Goals The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is building a monitoring framework process to assess the progress made by cities in achieving more sustainable food systems, and therefore in the implementation of the Pact.

Although the non-binding nature of the agreement, many MUFPP cities have in fact requested to identify MUFPP measurable indicators and targets to monitor their progress. Following this request, the Municipality of Milan together with the technical support of FAO have joint forces to work on a monitoring framework, which is doable, sustainable (in terms of both human and financial resources), and in line with cities’ capabilities and administrative obligations. The process to build a monitoring framework (a set of shared indicators and quantifiable targets) has the following timeframe. From March 2016 to October 2016: Identification of a shared set of indicators (ad hoc meeting is planned for the 13th October in Rome). From November 2016 to October 2017: Call for pilot cities interested in piloting the monitoring framework.

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Available reporting The 2017 MUFPP Annual report is available at:


Participants Number Names
Members 210  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 210 Abijan (Ivory Coast),  Agadez (Niger),  Alcala de Henares (Spain),  Algiers (Algier),  Almere (Netherlands),  Amsterdam (Netherlands),  Ancona (Italy),  Antananarivo (Madagascar),  Araraquara (Brazil),  Arusha (Tanzania),  Astana (Kazakhstan),  Athens (Greece),  Austin (USA),  Baltimore (USA),  Bamenda (Cameroun),  Bandung (Indonesia),  Banjul (Gambia),  Barcelona (Spain),  Bari (Italy),  Basel (Switzerland),  Beijing (China),  Belo Horizonte (Brazil),  Bergamo (Italy),  Berlin (Germany),  Bethlehem (Israel),  Bilbao (Spain),  Birmingham (United Kingdom),  Bnei Brak (Israel),  Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso),  Bogota (Colombia),  Bologna (Spain),  Bordeaux (France),  Brazzaville (Congo),  Brighton & Hove (United Kingdom),  Bristol (United Kingdom),  Bruges (Netherlands),  Brussels (Belgium),  Bucharest (Rumania),  Buenos Aires (Argentina),  Cagliari (Italy),  Cappanori (Italy),  Cape Town (South Africa),  Carcaboso (Spain),  Castel del Giudice (Italy),  Catania (Italy),  Chanchamayo (Peru),  Chicago (USA),  Chieri (Italy),  Chongqing (China),  Cologne (Germany),  Colombo (Sri Lanka),  Copenhagen (Denmark),  Cordoba (Argentina),  Cordoba (Spain),  Cremona (Italy),  Curitiba (Brazil),  Daegu (South Korea),  Dakar (Senegal),  Dénia (Spain),  Douala (Cameroon,  Dubai (United Arab Emirates),  Ede (Netherlands),  Florence (Italy),  Foggia (Italy),  Frankfurt (Germany),  Spain),  Fuenlabrada (Spain),  Funchal (Portugal),  Gaya (India),  Geneva (Switzerland),  Genoa (Italy),  Ghent (Belgium),  Glasgow (United K.),  Godella (Spain),  Granollers (Spain),  Greater Manchester (United K.),  Grenoble (France),  Guadalajara (Mexico),  Guanaguato (Mexico),  Guangzhou (China),  Guarulhos (Brazil),  Guatemala City (Guatemala),  Haapsalu (Finland),  Hebron (Israel),  Herzliya (Israel),  Huancayo (Peru),  Johannesburg (South Africa),  Kazan (Russia),  Kfar-Saba (Israel),  Kitwe (Zambia),  Kyoto (Japan),  La Paz (Bolivia),  Las Juntas (USA),  Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain),  Lecco (Italy),  Liège (Belgium),  Lima (Peru),  Livorno (Italy),  Ljubljana (Slovenia),  London (United K.),  Luanda (Angola),  Lucca (Italy),  Lugano (Switzerland),  Lusaka (Zambia),  Lyon (France),  Madison (USA),  Madrid (Spain),  Malaga (Spain),  Maputo (Mozambique),  Mar Del Plata (Argentina),  Marseille (France),  Medellin (Colombia),  Melbourne (Australia),  Mendoza (Argentina),  Menorca (Spain),  Mérida (Mexico),  Mexico City (Mexico),  Mezitli (Turkey),  Miami (USA),  Mieres (Spain),  Milan (Italy),  Minneapolis (USA),  Modena (Italy),  Mogadisho (Somalia),  Molfetta (Italy),  Montpellier (France),  Montreal (Canada),  Moscow (Russia),  Mostoles (Spain),  Mouans-Sartoux (France),  Nairobi (Kenya),  Nantes (France),  Navas (Spain),  N’Djamena (Chad),  New York (USA),  New Delhi (India),  New Haven (USA),  New York (USA),  Niamey (Niger),  Nouakchott (Namibia),  Osaka (Japan),  Oss (Netherlands),  Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso),  Oviedo (Spain),  Palermo (Spain),  Palma del Rio (Spain),  Pamplona/Iruña (Spain),  Paris (France),  Parma (Italy),  Pemba (Tanzania),  Pittsburgh (USA),  Porto Alegre (Brazil),  Pointe-Noire (Congo),  Praia (Cape Verde),  Pune (India),  Qardho (Somalia),  Quelimane (Mozambique),  Quito (Equador),  Ramat Gan (Israel),  Rennes (France),  Riga (Latvia),  Rivas Vaciamadrid (Spain),  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),  Rome (Italy),  Rotterdam (Netherlands),  Sacile (Italy),  Sal (Cape Verde),  San Antonio de Areco (Argentina),  San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca (Argentina),  San Francisco (USA),  San Sebastian/Donostia (Spain),  Santa Ana (USA),  Santiago de Compostela (Spain),  Sao Paulo (Brazil),  Segovia (Spain),  Seoul (South Korea),  Shanghai (China),  s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands),  Sucre (Bolivia),  Tamale (Ghana),  Tegucigalpa (Honduras),  Tel Aviv (Israel),  The Hague (Netherlands),  Thessaloniki (Greece),  Tirana (Albania),  Torres Verdes (Portugal),  Toronto (Canada),  Toulouse (France),  Toyama (Japan),  Tunis (Tunisia),  Turin (Italy),  Udine (Italy),  Utrecht (Netherlands),  Valencia (Spain),  Vancouver (Canada),  Venice (Italy),  Vienna (Austria),  Villanueva de la Cañada (Canada),  Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain),  Wanju (South Korea),  Warsaw (Poland),  Washington DC (USA),  West Sacramento (USA),  Windhoek (Namibia),  Yaoundé (Cameroon),  Yeosu (South Korea),  Zagreb (Croatia),  Zaragoza (Spain),  Zurich (Switzerland).
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
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