Designated as UNESCO City, Parma aims at further improving its standards in terms of quality of life. Parma aims to be an increasingly attractive city and to implement an evolved Smart City model, projecting itself as an urban space facing the challenge that globalization and the economic crisis pose in terms of competitiveness and sustainable development. A place where quality of life is high, a city that attracts talents, produces research and innovation, develops new social practices, activates networks and relationships, looks at long goals making choices and investments focusing on new development drivers.
The coordination activities of national and international programs are managed by the Parma UNESCO Unit, that has its offices in the Town Hall and has been involved in the UNESCO project since the writing of the Application Form in 2015. To implement the inclusion and support of the projects, the Parma UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy Foundation was created and it includes: Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Parma, ANCI Emilia Romagna, Associazione CheftoChef, Provincia di Parma, Camera di Commercio, Industria e Artigianato di Parma, Università degli Studi di Parma, Unione Parmense degli industriali, Fiere di Parma spa, e ancora ASCOM-Parma, Confesercenti-Parma, APLA-Parma, CNA-Parma, GIA-Parma, CIAParma, Coldiretti-Parma, Confagricoltura, ALMA, Academia Barilla, Musei del Cibo, Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, Consorzio del Parmigiano-Reggiano, Consorzio Volontario Tutela Vini Colli di Parma, Consorzio del Salame di Felino IGP, Consorzio della Coppa di Parma IGP, Consorzio del Fungo di Borgotaro, Consorzio del Culatello di Zibello, Strada del Prosciutto, Strada del Fungo, Strada del Culatello.
The Parma UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy Foundation aims to promote and enhance the culture linked to the local and regional food and wine heritage, involving public and private institutions, economic and trade operators and citizenship.