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Cities2030 towards resilient and sustainable food systems

31 October 2022
This SDG Academy is dedicated to SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities. We shed light on how the food system can be regulated more sustainably.

This SDG Academy held on October 31st delved into how Cities2030 actively encourages the participation of citizens as involved and motivated change agents. This active participation drives community-driven solutions and greater ownership of the food environment to lead to healthier local communities.

Our speakers gave us an idea on how a lab can work in practice through the Cities Region Food Systems (CRFS) and the food lab approach and introduced us to Haarlem’s food vision.

​​“Food system overall is largely under-governed. On a global level, you can consider it practically non-existent. Efforts are now going more into local governance and the focus is on city regions”.

- Dr. Suzanne van Osch, work package leader of Cities2030 and lecturer at VU

“Food is an important transition topic and can be a vessel for change. Our limited influence on the food choices of our population almost completely forces us to cooperate with local initiatives and local projects to influence what's happening in our municipality (Haarlem) through Cities2030.”

- Stephan Kooijman, member of the team economics of the Municipality of Haarlem focused on the circular economy, sustainable economic development & sustainable investment

This session took place online. If you missed it or want to rewatch, we have uploaded the recording on our YouTube channel.