Cittaslow Go To Town

30 Jun 2008

The 2008 International Meeting of Cittaslow held at the Palazzo del Popolo, Orvieto, Italy on Saturday, gathered representatives from 92 Cittaslow, literally ‘slow cities’, in 15 countries worldwide.

The Mayor of Orvieto, Stefano Mocio, vicepresident of Cittaslow International opened the proceedings and Roberto Angelucci, president of Cittaslow International, presented an introductory report.

Over the day discussions were held between mayors, administrators and technicians from Italy, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland.

A Cittaslow works towards an individual set of goals which aims to improve the quality of its life: to protect the environment; promote local goods and produce; show consideration for the people who live and work there and visitors alike. Towns and cities wishing to become part of the Cittaslow network need to pass an assessment before being admitted as members.

At the plenary session the International Coordination Committee was also elected to govern the association for the next three years. It is composed of a representative of each of the founding cities—Bra, Greve in Chianti, Orvieto and Positano—a Slow Food International representative, eleven representatives from the association and another five from the CittaSlow international network.

The Cittaslow program was thought up ten years ago in Orvieto by Paolo Saturnini, former Mayor of Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, and was immediately supported by Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food International and the mayors of Orvieto, Positano and Bra. Cittaslow is closely linked to the philosophy of Slow Food, with its new approach to agricultural production, environmental welfare and the concept of good, clean and fair living.

The 2008 International Cittaslow Assembly was broadcast online via a live weblink: www.cittaslow2008.dolmedia.tv

For more information
www.cittaslow.net

Victoria Blackshaw

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