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Letters and Statements

Joint letter to call for this Commission to leave a legacy of the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy through sustainable public food procurement

In a joint letter addressed to President Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commission, ICLEI Europe and IFOAM Organics Europe, together with 15 organisations with an expertise on sustainable food systems, are urging the European Commission to leave a lasting and concrete legacy of the EU Farm to Fork strategy through sustainable public food procurement (SFP).
The joint letter highlights the critical role of SFP in realising the goals set by the EU Farm to Fork strategy and underscores its p...

Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition on the EU 2040 Climate Target

ICLEI and its partners from the Coalition for Higher Ambition rallied broad support for a science-based 2040 climate target. Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s Communication on the EU Climate Target 2040 in February, members of the Coalition have prepared a joint letter calling for a science-based target of at least 90% net emission reductions to limit global temperature rise to below 1.5°C.
In the letter addressed to the Presidents of the three main institutions of...

Local Alliance Letter to EU Leaders to stay the course on Green Deal implementation

Local Alliance, European networks of local and regional governments, representing cities and regions ranging from the smallest rural towns to the largest metropolitan capitals across all EU Member States, wish to underscore the importance of staying on course to implement the European Green Deal under this and next mandates of the European Commission. European local and regional governments have already embarked on the journey to climate neutrality and started to transform our cities and regions...

Promoting access to healthy and environmentally friendly food for the marginalised and vulnerable

Access to environmentally sustainable food, urban mobility and urban green spaces – prerequisites for a successful Green Deal.
Guidance document

Manifesto for establishing minimum standards for public canteens across the EU

A manifesto aiming to inspire policy makers to establish minimum standards for public canteens in Europe.

Recommendations on Sustainable and Healthy School Food Procurement

Eight recommendations on Sustainable and Healthy School Food Procurement for national and EU policy makers developed by ICLEI as part of the EU-funded StratKIT project and together with the Procura+ City Interest Group on School Food Procurement.

The Power of the Public Plate - Recommendations for procurers and policy makers

The recommendations address the different stages of the food value chain to make it more sustainable: input industry, primary production, food processing and packaging, transport and logistics, retail, food service, individual consumption and finally, waste and disposal.

The Power of the Public Plate - Podcast series

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the UN One Planet Network published a series of podcasts called the ‘Power of the Public Plate’. Each episode explores the story of a champion of sustainable public food procurement. Listeners will discover how public authorities from around the world leverage procurement to positively impact the food value chain, and ultimately contribute to making our food systems more sustainable.

Ghent, Belgium - Transformative Action Award Winner, 2018

The Transformative Action Award recognises outstanding achievement in transforming cities for a more sustainable future.
The award rewards current or concluded Transformative Actions that address the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to three categories: socio-cultural transformation; socio-economic transformation; and technological transformation.
During an award ceremony held in Brussels at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Ghent (Belgium) was announced as the winner of t...