Theme for UN Participation in Expo Milano 2015: “The Zero Hunger Challenge. United for a Sustainable World”
United we can build a world within our lifetimes where all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food and lead healthy and productive lives, without compromising the needs of future generations.
This concept is summed up in the Zero Hunger Challenge launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012. The UN System brings this vision to Expo Milano 2015, demonstrating to visitors how it is possible to end hunger in our lifetime, how this can only be achieved if we work together and how they can and need to be part of the solution.
The Zero Hunger Challenge consists of five pillars:
Zero stunted children less than 2 years
100% access to adequate food all year round
All food systems are sustainable
100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
Zero loss or waste of food.
An integral part of all five pillars, the issue of women’s empowerment and gender equality is a key focus area at Expo Milano 2015.
UN Participation Model
Given the synergies between the theme of Expo Milano 2015 and the mandate of the UN, the UN System has been recognized as a key International Participant at Expo Milano 2015. For the first time in the history of Universal Expositions, the UN does not have a single pavilion but instead a horizontal involvement with exhibits in numerous areas throughout the Expo Site. Up to eighteen giant spoon installations will represent the five pillars of the Zero Hunger Challenge, women’s empowerment and gender equality and other UN content related to Expo’s thematic areas. Together, the UN spoons act as beacons linking content and events along the UN Zero Hunger Itinerary.
The UN Itinerary
The UN’s giant blue spoons bring the itinerary to life. Spanning the whole exposition site, the itinerary starts at Pavilion Zero, located at the main entrance to Expo Milano, where visitors are introduced to the Expo’s theme and after travelling through the pavilion’s various rooms, they have a chance to discover the strong link between Expo’s theme and the mission of the United Nations.
One of the highlights of the itinerary is the UN Garden located at the beginning of the Decumano. This green area gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in projects and field operations carried out by the agencies of the United Nations System from emergency responses to development projects.
By visiting Pavilion Zero and the UN Garden, visitors are introduced to the “Zero Hunger Challenge”, which links UN content in all nine clusters and the thematic areas, from the Biodiversity Park to the Future Food District and the Children’s Park, an area where UN content has been specifically designed for small children.
Through videos, photos, infographics and maps, the spoon installations demonstrate the work that the UN carries out on a daily basis to increase access to food and natural resources and to guarantee a sustainable future for our planet. The blue UN spoons therefore create an educational and interactive itinerary and clearly showcase the UN’s message: how it is possible to end hunger in our lifetime, how this can only be achieved if we work together and how everyone can and needs to be part of the solution.
THE GAME “GET TO ZERO”
Join our Challenge and make the UN itinerary interactive and educational: download "Get to Zero"- the United Nations' game for Expo Milano 2015- for free, and help us to get the number of hungry people in the world to zero. It is available for free for Android and iOS. For more about the game, click here
UN - Expo Days
The UN will celebrate three UN Days at Expo Milano 2015 where a large part of the Expo Site will be transformed according to UN colors and branding. Every Expo Participant is invited to join the UN System in celebrating:
5 June - World Environment Day
19 August - World Humanitarian Day
16 October - World Food Day
For more information about events that the UN will participate in at Expo Milano 2015, please consult the UN-Expo calendar of events
The United Nations is an international organization committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
Founded on 24 October 1945
193 Member States
Official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
Provides food to 90 million people in 75 countries
Combats climate change
Fights poverty and has helped 370 million rural poor achieve better lives in the last 30 years
Mobilizes more than USD 12 billion in humanitarian aid to help people affected by emergencies.
The UN at Expo Milano 2015-the Official website
To find out more about the UN System’s participation in Expo Milano 2015, visit the official website. Here you will find more details about the Zero Hunger Challenge and sustainable development; information about the participating UN agencies and their contribution to the UN installations; updates on the three UN days; news related to our theme for Expo and much more.