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21.10.2021, 14:10

Kazan takes part in the 7th Global Forum of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

Evgenia Lodvigova presented the Healthy Nutrition for children program to the forum participants.

Barcelona is hosting the 7th Global Forum of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact between 19-21 October at the International Exhibition Center. Representatives of the capital of Tatarstan take part in the forum. Evgenia Lodvigova, deputy head of the Kazan Municipality, presented the Healthy Nutrition for children program to the forum participants, which is being implemented in the city for 15 years.

E.Lodvigova spoke about the school meals program at the plenary session of the forum. She said that the city program is aimed at ensuring a healthy nutrition, increasing diverse diet, preserving and strengthening their health. “The well-being of children and their potential opportunities in the future depend on what kind of eating behavior we teach children today”, - the deputy head of the Kazan Municipality noted.

In addition, she told the participants of the plenary session about the “Healthy Cities. Healthy Nutrition for Children” International Forum, which became the first Eurasian forum of the Milan Pact.

Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau, Mayor of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic, Deputy Mayor of Milan Anna Scavuzzo, Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Qu Dongyu and Secretary General of the International Association “United Cities and Local Authorities” Emilia Saiz also spoke at the plenary session.

Among other issues, the forum discussed the food infrastructure, cooperation between civil society and local authorities to transform the food system, the role of wholesale markets in this work and integrated local food ecosystems to address climate change.

Ruslan Galiakhmetov, head of the department of International and Inter-Municipal Relations of Kazan, held a meeting of the regional strategic session of the Eurasia and Southwest Asia region. Representatives of Moscow, Tel Aviv (Israel), Chisinau (Moldova), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Bethlehem (Palestine) and Cheboksary took part in the session. The session identified strategic goals and objectives for the next two years.

In addition, R. Galiakhmetov moderated the plenary session, at which the results of the regional strategic sessions of all six regions of the Milan Pact were presented: Africa, Asia-Pacific region, Eurasia and Southwest Asia, Europe, North, Central America and South America, the department of International and Inter-Municipal Relations of Kazan reports.

For reference, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is a major innovative urban nutrition strategy in Europe and the main legacy of the Milan EXPO 2015. Today, the MUFPP has been signed by 217 cities with a total population of more than 350 million people.

In May 2021, Kazan was chosen as the chair city of the MUFPP Steering Committee for 2021-2023. In this capacity, Kazan represents the MUFPP activities at the global level. Together with the city of Tel Aviv, Kazan also acts as a key regional coordinator in the Eurasia and Southwest Asia region.

 

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