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    The main objective of the action programme and of the “FAO Green Cities Initiative” is to increase people’s wellbeing through better availability of and access to products and services provided by urban and peri‐urban forestry, agriculture and food systems. This action plans describes how FAO's Green Cities initiative will improve the livelihoods and well-­being of urban and peri-­urban populations of 1000 cities around the world by 2030, improving the urban environment, strengthening urban-rural linkages, the resilience of urban populations to external shocks and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation while ensuring access to healthy diets from sustainable systems. The plan describes ways in which local governments and communities will have the capacity to develop and implement context-­specific strategies, actions and investment plans for the integrated design and management of resilient and sustainable multifunctional green infrastructure and food systems to ensure that green technologies, innovation and investments are scaled up.
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    The world is becoming more and more urbanized. Today, 55 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas and by 2050 the urban population is expected to rise to 68 percent mainly in low-income countries. Cities already consume almost 80 percent of the total energy produced in the world and absorb up to 70 percent of the food supply. To address these challenges, cities are being called upon to take a more active role in contributing to national governments’ efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Population growth and rapid urbanization imply dietary shifts and an increasing demand for basic goods and services, as well as growing competition for natural resources to ensure access to healthy diets for all. Local administrations are finding it more and more difficult to meet the needs of urban and peri -urban populations and the COVID-19 pandemic has added new challenges, such as food system disruptions, loss of jobs and food insecurity, worsening conditions especially for the most vulnerable.

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