On October 15 and 16, Councillor Wong-Tam will represent the City of Toronto on behalf of Mayor Tory with mayors and designates from around the world to celebrate World Food Day in Milan, Italy. The celebrations in Milan follow a ceremony at City Hall, where Councillor Wong-Tam signed the Urban Food Policy Pact on behalf of Mayor Tory. By signing the Pact, the City of Toronto joins over 70 cities globally including New York City, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Vancouver in a commitment to develop sustainable food systems.
The City of Toronto is viewed as a leader in municipal food policy development. Toronto's Food Policy Council, Food Charter, Food Strategy and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farm Action Plan have a long history and are replicated globally. Divisions across the City of Toronto, ranging from Toronto Public Health to City Planning to Economic Development & Culture lead food policy work including: initiatives to increase access to healthy food, enabling urban agriculture and community gardening, support economic development in the food sector, public education around local food and urban gardening, local food procurement, and student nutrition to name a few.
As head of the City of Toronto’s delegation, Councillor Wong-Tam will attend the Mayors Summit and Milan Urban Food Policy Pact signing ceremony on October 15, and the official World Food Day Ceremony on October 16 at the 2015 Milan Expo site.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of World Food Day, and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is a signature feature of the 2015 World Expo in Milan, themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Through the 2015 Expo, Milan has brought together 140 participating countries, and is expected to bring in 20 million visitors to discuss the food security and its many facets including feeding cities, urbanization, nutrition, women’s empowerment, sustainable resource use, and waste reduction.