On 12-15 October the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders was held in Bogotá together with the 5th UCLG World Congress. During the World Summit, local and regional leaders had the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge environmental, economic and societal issues affecting our daily work on the ground.
The Summit counted with the participation of over 3500 delegates, local, regional national governments, private sector, civil society, academia and international community represented at the highest level, proceeding from over 110 countries, and in a program that included 156 sessions with over 300 speakers.
Workshop - Territorial governance for food security
The Workshop offered the study of the way to put the city at the heart of the food demand and as a key element of the food transition, essential for the sustainable development and inclusive to all the territories as well as the reinforcement of local governments in line with the implementation of SDG 2.
An urban food system based, not on the food artificialization, but on rural anchorage, biodiversity, the development of small and medium enterprises and short-circuit, would allow to slow urban congestion and contribute to balance the territories.
The speakers taking part in the Workshop were:
Valérie Nicolas (ARF) as a Moderator
Benoit Faucheux, President of the Sustainable Development Committee of the French Regions Association (ARF)
Gabriella Jaramillo Viceprefecta de Imbabura (CONGOPE) Ecuador
Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil, Project “100 sustainable and responsible food initiatives”
Makiko Taguchi, Coordinator of the global network Foods for Cities in the FAO
Maria Alejandra Saleme, International Cooperation Agency of Medellín
Rafael Zavala, FAO Representative in Colombia
Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Division’s Chief of Regional Development OCDE
Marie-Eve Buist, Coordinator at the Legal Research Chair on Food Diversity and Security. Université LAVAL Québec
Community forum - Regional Governments
Regions are key actors in the achievement of the global agenda. Their competencies range from territorial planning through to economic development, the provision of infrastructures, environmental management, equality, education, health, and food security policies, among many others.
A proactive involvement of regional governments is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and implement the New Urban Agenda.
This meeting, organized by the Forum of the Regions of UCLG, guided the definition of a roadmap towards the forthcoming Regional Section of UCLG, and mobilized all intermediate governments that currently form the different regional sections of UCLG.
The speakers taking part in the session were:
Antònia Sabartés, Coordinator of the UCLG Forum of the Regions as a moderator
Benoit Faucheux, Vice-President of the Centre-Val de Loire Region, President of the Sustainable Development Commission of the Association of French Regions (ARF)
Gustavo Baroja, Governor of Pichincha, President of the Association of Autonomous Provincial Governments of Ecuador (CONGOPE)
Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region and President of the Conference of Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces
Rashid Seedat, Head of the Gauteng Planning Division, Gauteng Provincial Government (South Africa)
Sarath Ethanayake, Chief Minister of the Central Province (Sri Lanka)
Miguel Lifschitz, Governor of Santa Fe (Argentina), Vice President of UCLG for the Forum of Regions , represented by Maria Julia Reyna, international affairs Secretary
Didier Alberto Tavera, Governor of Santander (Colombia)
José Manuel Salazar-Xininachs, Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean