Attractive territories for a sustainable world
Attractive territories for a sustainable world is the title of the KIP International School Pavilion. It means that to feed the planet, governments, businesses and associations need to invest, above all, in local development. They must invest in and give value to the territory where people live and work together so they can produce the healthy and appropriate food they need. The pavilion’s title also signifies that territories must be attractive, so that people will choose to live there because of the dynamism of the economy, the quality of services, the beauty of the natural environment, the richness of culture and history and, especially, because people can participate in choosing their development priorities, thanks to governments and local institutions that work effectively. The contribution of the KIP International School is thus of fundamental importance for developing the overall theme of Expo Milano 2015, given that present economic development trends, unfortunately, produce mass migration of people from rural areas to cities in search of better living conditions.
In the KIP Pavilion, visitors are able to meet those actors, from all five continents, who are engaged in taking forward high quality development processes and who will showcase their best and most innovative experiences. Special attention is reserved for actors from China who will illustrate the enormous creativity and social sensibility of many public, associative and private actors, a side of China that is not well known. Above all, visitors will find those actors that want to work together to build development processes and international partnerships that will continue beyond Expo itself.
The programme provides details of the expositions, meetings and events that will take place in the pavilion. Every day its cooking school offers new tastes and its theater new emotions. Meetings of major international networks are planned: territorial networks committed to sustainable development and organic agriculture through territorial pacts among producers, local government, health services, schools, universities and tourism operators; networks of the 60 Local Economic Development Agencies, active in 25 countries around the world, that are successfully fighting poverty and exclusion by encouraging a form of economic growth that valorizes local resources and produces widespread wellbeing; the network of international development cooperation experiences that are going beyond old models of aid in favour of south-north and south-south partnerships and exchanges based on reciprocal interest, respect for different cultures and people’s active participation; the network of inclusive cities that was born during the Seventh World Urban Forum in 2014.
Two principal themes link all the activities of the Pavilion. One is the relationship between production, distribution and consumption of food and the more general question of territorial development. The other is innovation, not just technological innovation, but also organizational and social innovation, new working methods, innovative business models and forms of financing and so on.
KIP International School
KIP International School (Knowledge, Innovations, Policies and Territorial Practices for the United Nations Millennium Platform) is an independent non-profit organization that collaborates with local, regional and national governments, international organizations, universities, research centers and other public and private organizations to promote knowledge, innovations, policies and practices that are coherent with the values of the United Nations Millennium Platform. It is the arrival point of many international experiences of human development cooperation led by the United Nations, that started with the Prodere Programme in Central America and extended to many countries in Africa, Latin America, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Asia. Its head office is in Rome, at the FAO headquarters, with a scientific committee chaired by Edgar Morin and comprised of prestigious experts and intellectuals from universities and international organizations.
Several public and private actors from many countries are supporting the KIP Pavilion. The main partner, however, is the Chinese Investment Xineng Technology and Development Company Ltd of Beijing, that has mobilized many actors that wish to participate in the project to illustrate their experiences and extend their international links.
The Pavilion project
The KIP Pavilion is conceived as a place for international encounters among institutions, associations, and private sector actors on issues related to sustainable local development. Its design evokes the idea of a World Village. Four elegant but simple buildings, inspired by antique rural villages, look out over a central square, the starting point for several pathways of expositions and meetings for its visitors. It is a reminder that rural villages are repositories of the natural and historical resources of a territory, with its local productive and food resources. The long access path from the Decumano accompanies the visitor through cultivated fields and the United Nations Garden, with its information panels on the future of food. All the materials used are natural and sustainable with a view to traditional rural constructions. Beyond spaces for meetings, expositions and events, there will be a 250-seat theater and an area set up as an open kitchen for activities such as culinary demonstrations and cooking lessons. The Pavilion project was designed by RIMOND© in collaboration with architect Tony Marincola.