Saturday, February 7, at the Expo of Ideas, sees the launch of the process that will lead to the establishment of the Charter of Milan. With not long to go until the opening of the Universal Exposition, promoted by Italy and held in Milan, we are organizing a day of listening and discussion, that, taking its cue from the theme of Expo Milano 2015 itself: 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life', will focus on the big global questions relating to food. How can we ensure a healthy, safe and sufficient supply of food for an ever-growing population? How can we innovate production, agricultural and food processes and make them more sustainable? How can we safeguard biodiversity as a key asset? How can we overcome the great contradictions of our time, starting with the hunger/obesity paradox, the fight against food waste, and the protection of common resources, such as water and land?
Over 40 thematic groups
It will be an intense working day, the first of its kind. Over 40 thematic groups in which over 500 experts will participate. They will be tasked with looking at all the exhibition themes, and divided into the following four areas: future development, the balance between equity and sustainability; the culture of food, providing energy to live in harmony; agriculture, food and health for a sustainable future; moving towards a more humane city: the smart and slow city.
This will allow us to collect analyses and proposals that will be useful in drafting the Charter of Milan: an act of commitment that Italy will propose to the world via Expo Milano 2015. The Charter will be signed by citizens, institutions, businesses and associations, and defines commitments for each of them. The Charter will then be delivered to the UN Secretary-General during his visit to Milan on October 16. It will be our contribution to international dialogue on the next Millennium Development Goals, which will be defined by the United Nations towards the end of the year.
Expo of Ideas
Expo of Ideas will demonstrate the work that Italy wants to carry out on what will be seen at Expo Milano 2015, showing that there’s a great deal more to the Expo than just worksites and pavilions – even if these are fundamental. Expo Milano 2015 will be, first and foremost, an important platform for dialogue and exchange among people, cultures, and experiences around the globe. Participating will be member states, non-governmental organizations (for the first time in the history of the universal expositions), businesses and even schools, as well as individuals, universities, and associations, making it a unique opportunity for all of us.
On Saturday February 7, the Expo of Ideas will also welcome a number of invaluable contributors. Among these are Ermanno Olmi, Carlin Petrini, Ignazio Lula da Silva, Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi. And we are especially honored that Pope Francis has chosen to send us his own message.
'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life' reminds us of the great battle for the right to food. It is, and will be, more and more, a crucial geopolitical theme, one of the final frontiers in the fight for equality and justice, and for peace and cooperation between people. We must rise to this challenge.
The 'Expo of Ideas' will help us to show that, at the heart of this exhibition, is the most important message that we can give.