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The other half of the Planet. The challenges, messages and proposals from the Women's Weeks

Economia / Redazione Expo 2015

The Women's Weeks were two intense, constructive and exciting weeks at Expo Milano 2015. Strong messages, clear proposals and concrete testimonies were given by the women and men who participated in over 50 international events, debates, concerts, readings and performances. Here is the story in words and pictures of what took place between June 29 to July 10 and the significance of this great legacy for the future.

Expo after Expo: the legacy of Expo 2015. The work starts now

Editorial / Redazione Expo 2015

The speeches, the testimonies and the final assessments of those who made this Universal Exposition possible. From institutional representatives to partners, from exponents of the academic and research world to the NGOs. The principal protagonists of an event which everyone now describes as a success followed one another on and off the stage of the Auditorium in Expo Milano 2015. All agreed that this event cannot just close on October 31. After sowing the seeds for six months, now is the time to preserve the model and harvest its fruits, working to concretely implement the principles expressed in the Milan Charter. For this reason, over 200 experts gathered in 26 different thematic tables to launch the next phase of the huge project that began on February 2 in the Hangar Bicocca.

Thank you, Italy, for generously hosting FAO since 1951

Culture / José Graziano da Silva

A great welcome to you, here today to commemorate with us the birth of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO. We were born in Quebec, on 16 October 1945.

Josette Lewis. New technologies will give more weight to every drop of water

Innovation / Emanuela Taverna

Sensors, big data, and smartphones: all of these will radically change the way food is produced. With scalable solutions for small farmers and huge industrial farms. The demand on resources is becoming too pressing: we have to optimize them.

Carlo Purassanta. More information means more awareness, for those who produce and for those who consume

Innovation / Emanuela Taverna

Technology will enable higher quality and more sustainability in production, thanks especially to the Internet of Things. So says the CEO of Microsoft Italia, the multinational company which in Expo Milano 2015 has ‘accelerated’ ten start-up companies and involved 100 innovators in focusing on the issues treated in the Milan Charter.

Stefano Rodotà. The Future Lies in the Words Equality and Dignity, and also Where the Right to Food is Concerned

Culture / Simone Molteni

The future is about a world that has less and less borders, from a mental and cultural point of view and what spurs people on and what puts up walls." The great jurist speaks at Expo Milano 2015, about the tools we have to turn these words - equality, dignity, right to food, sustainability - into guarantees and realities.

It is necessary that we establish a deep bond with nature and avoid the massacre of fauna and flora

Culture / Traian Valdman

Of all our resources, food is fundamental, but it depends how human beings use it. Their task is not to exploit the earth in excessive ways without thinking of others and even less of future generations, but to cultivate it and to take care of it.

It is not enough to pray in religious places, to be a true believer you must first and foremost share food and water

Culture / Mahmoud Asfa

The Muslim spirit is a spirit of peace, justice and fraternity. This is why ISIS and other similar movements, deforming our religion into a vehicle of hate and violence, constitute a particularly painful wound for us.

The taste of altruism and love, to nourish the body and elevate the mind

Culture / Paljin Tulku Rinpoche

The Buddhist faith considers the body as a vehicle of awakening. This is why the production and consumption of food are always accompanied by spiritual practices such as blessing, thanksgiving to those who have produced the food, dedication of merits and ceremonial offerings.

Denying the planet its food means obstructing its spiritual growth

Culture / Carlo Tetsugen Serra

Too many human beings in the world today are denied food, and denying someone food is not just a matter of making them hungry, it means denying them the dignity of being human, and the possibility of growth and self-awareness.

Over a million people are already #FoodConscious. What about you?

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