World Sustainable Urban Food Centre of València
The World Sustainable Food Centre (WSFC) is one of the main results of the Memorandum of Collaboration and Understanding between the City of Valencia and FAO. It is an interdisciplinary centre with the technical support of FAO in the areas of research, dissemination and awareness-raising of the great challenges that cities and their populations face with regards to food and nutrition issues.
Its main line of action is to facilitate innovative processes to combat malnutrition in cities and across the world, as well as to find solutions for the challenge of providing sustainable and quality food for future generations.
In order to achieve this goal, this new institution will serve as an active tool for the classification and archiving of the policies, strategies and actions which are to be implemented by the world citiesand their peri-urban territories, in addition to providing guidance for the aforementioned endeavours.
The institution aims to achieve local sustainable food systems within a framework of rights, responsibility and coherence.
This institution must also facilitate information and knowledge, have a great management capacity and worldwide connection and it must maintain regular contact with other United Nations agencies involved in these processes, as well as other public and private entities, foundations and research centres.
The World Sustainable Food Centre must be capable of initiating projects from its own structure or in cooperation with other institutions and agencies as deemed convenient. The WSFC must also become an effective instrument for locating and executing processes linked to FAO’s major strategies with regards to the fight against hunger, sustainable urban food systems, climate change, nutrition and food waste.
The presidency of the WSFC is entrusted to the Mayor of Valencia.
The Governing Board must meet at least twice a year. Its obligations include supervising the adequate development of the actions, ensuring the correct management of the entity and the proper implementation of each project or action thanks to the involvement of contacts and collaborators.
The Centre will be predominantly responsible for formulating projects, obtaining funding and supervising the development and completion of projects.
We must differentiate the two funding lines which the Centre requires:
Public funding for the operational costs of the entity’s structure (main staff and infrastructure).
Agreements, partnerships and collaborations for projects and activities such as exhibitions, information material, scholarships and actions in coordination with other United Nations agencies, other cities or other public and private institutions.
The World Sustainable Food Centre (WSFC) Organigram
FAO Technical Secretariat
- Division Headquarters of Associations and Cooperation FAO
- Strategic Programs
Board of Directors
- Mayor of Valencia
- City Councillor of Agriculture, València
- City Councillor of Commerce, València
- City Councillor of Health, València
- Two representatives of the City of València
- Representative of the Generalitat Valenciana
- Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
- Representative of the European Union
- Scientific and Social Committee
- Representatives from other United Nations agencies: WHO, UN Habitat, etc.
- Private sector
- Research Centres
Secretary to the Director General
- Cities and networks of cities
- Knowledge and Research Centres
- Cataloguing, Monitoring and Follow-up
- Generation of informative and informative contents
- Archiving Systems
- Data location systems
- Big Data
- Press releases
- Communication strategy
- Relationship with general and specialist media
- Press, Radio, TV and international websites
- Legal and fiscal matters
- National and international agreements
- Preparation of the annual management report