10:40 – 11:25 Localizing school meals: a new initiative led by local governments
Launching a new initiative led by municipalities and highlighting the crucial role of local governments in school meals, including innovation and experimentation with new approaches on food system transformation.
Local governments, such as Municipalities, have a critical role in managing and administrating most of the global population, and their key function will continue to expand in the coming years; by 2050, more than 50% of the entire population will live in urban areas.
School meal programmes represent a strategic infrastructure of the urban food systems; their synergetic management can positively impact citizens’ wellness regarding social protection, education, health, and gender equality. In the majority of cases, school canteens are managed at the Municipality level within the local budget; cities are responsible for adopting and implementing national frameworks and guidelines and managing the service.
This session is dedicated to highlighting the successful stories of 5 different Municipalities from different regions in managing and improving school meal programmes, stressing how these programmes can directly impact not only schoolchildren participating in them but the entire community involved in managing and providing goods.
These examples can set the path for new collaborations and strengthen the involvement of cities and mayors in the work of the School Meals Coalition.
Filippo Gavazzeni, Head of Secretariat of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP)
- H.E. Hon. Sakaja Arthur Johnson, Governor of the city of Nairobi, Kenya
- Mr. Jakob Næsager, Mayor city of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Dr. Zelalem Mulatu, Deputy Mayor and head of the Education Bureau city of Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia
- Ms. Anna Scavuzzo, Deputy Mayor, Milan, Italy
- Ms. Marie Massart, Deputy Mayor, Montpellier, France