What is Expo Milan 2015?
The Expo is a Universal Exposition that is non-commercial (and therefore not a fair). It is organized by a competing country that wins the bid to host the fair and involves the participation of other nations invited through its diplomatic channels. The first Expo was held in London in 1851, and its success prompted other countries to organize similar events such as the Paris Expo in 1889, memorable for its Eiffel Tower. Each Expo is dedicated to a topic of universal interest.
The Expo takes place on a purpose-built site and is an opportunity for participants and visitors to meet and share in a unique experience, as they get to know and experiment with an innovative theme. The role of a Universal Exposition, besides showcasing the most promising new technologies, also looks to interpret the collective challenges that Mankind is facing. The international body that regulates the frequency, quality and performance of the expositions, Le Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), was founded under an international convention, signed in Paris in 1928. Currently over 160 countries are members of the BIE.
What is Expo Milan about?
Expo Milano 2015 will be an extraordinary universal event that will give visibility to traditions, creativity and innovation together with themes already developed in previous editions of this event, presenting them in the light of new, global scenarios where the right to healthy, safe and sufficient food for the entire planet is at their core. As the planet’s life force, food is required for sustainable development, based on a need for properly maintained physical sustenance, out of respect for all basic human practices, and for good health.
When will it be and how long will it last?
The Milan Expo will open its doors on May 1, 2015, and will end on October 31 of the same year.
Opening hours are:
Monday to Sunday: 10 am-11 pm.
What is the UN doing at Expo?
Expo Milan 2015 falls in a crucial year for the United Nations: not only will we review overall progress in meeting the Millenium Development Goals (the first of which is to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger), the new Post-2015 Development Agenda will also be adopted. Expo Milano’s theme, “feeding the planet, energy for life” will provide an ideal opportunity to foster dialogue and raise public awareness about food security and nutrition, rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources. In order to maximize this impact, the UN has chosen the theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge ∙ United for a sustainable world”, to make visitors understand that together we can build a world where everyone has access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food, and can lead a healthy and productive life without compromising the needs of future generations.
The challenge was not envisioned as a plan but rather as a call to action: eradicating world hunger is a goal that concerns everyone. The objective of our presence at Expo Milano 2015 is to ensure that when discussing food and food production, the catastrophe of 805 million people who still suffer from hunger is not forgotten or left unmentioned. At least one in nine people worldwide go to bed hungry each day including over 160 million children who are stunted. Children who will not be able to develop and learn at the same rate as their peers who were properly nourished in the first fundamental one thousand days of life. This is a scandal that to many seems destined to last, while in reality it can end.
Read more about the UN-Expo Theme here.
Where is the UN Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015 and what is the UN Zero Hunger Itinerary?
Given the strong synergy between the theme of Expo Milano 2015 and the mission of the United Nations, a new type of participation model has been proposed by the host country. For the first time in the history of world expositions, the UN will not have a pavilion but instead a horizontal presence with content spread throughout the Expo site. A UN Zero Hunger Itinerary will link UN content, from Pavilion Zero – where the link between Expo’s theme and the mission of the UN will be most evident – through Biodiversity Park, the Children’s Park, the Future Food District, the 9 Thematic Clusters, country pavilions and the civil society area, Cascina Triulza.
This opportunity to exhibit and simultaneously interact with visitors throughout the entire Expo 2015 site provides greater visibility for the UN System, its activities, important goals and challenges, and best practices in fields related to the theme. It also offers the Expo a chance to include global content on key issues related to food and nutrition throughout the Thematic Areas.
UN spaces in Expo Milano’s main thematic areas will be easily recognisable through their giant blue spoons. By visiting the UN spaces along the UN Itinerary, visitors will be able to discover through videos, photo stories, infographics and maps how the UN System strives daily to eradicate hunger and guarantee a sustainable future for our planet. Visitors will also find out how they can take part in the Challenge of getting to Zero.
For more information on the UN's presence at Expo, read about the UN itinerary here.
To download a map of the UN Zero Hunger Itinerary, click here.
To download the official Expo Milano 2015 map, click here.
What is the UN Expo Zero Hunger Challenge Theme?
«Is it possible to ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and sustainable food?» This is the question that will open and challenge the World Exposition in Milan in 2015.
Expo Milano’s theme, “feeding the planet, energy for life” will provide an ideal opportunity to foster dialogue and raise public awareness about food security and nutrition, rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources. In order to maximize this impact, the UN has chosen the theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge ∙ United for a sustainable world”, to make visitors understand that together we can build a world where everyone has access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food, and can lead a healthy and productive life without compromising the needs of future generations.
When talking about hunger, the only acceptable number is zero. In order to achieve this goal, the Zero Hunger Challenge has proposed five objectives or pillars:
- Zero stunted children under 2 years of age
- 100 percent access to adequate food all year round
- All food systems are sustainable
- 100 percent increase in smallholder productivity and income
- Zero loss or waste of food.
An integral part of all five pillars, we have chosen to highlight the issue of women’s empowerment considering the fundamental role that they play in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Read more about the UN-Expo Theme here.
For more information, download our book on the UN’s presence at Expo here.
What is “get to Zero”?
“Get to Zero” is the United Nations’ free game for Expo Milano 2015, through which you can join our Challenge, work with us to meet the challenge and make the UN itinerary interactive and educational.
It is possible to end hunger in our lifetime if we all work together; to reinforce this belief, the more people who play the game, the faster the number of people who suffer from hunger will decrease. Today, there are around 800 million people who go to bed hungry. The objective of the game is to get to zero, and we can only do it together! Complete all seven levels to win the UN virtual passport as a prize, which you can share on social media.
For more information visit the game's page by clicking here.
Which UN Days will be celebrated at Expo Milan 2015?
The United Nations will celebrate three International Days at Expo Milano 2015. It is anticipated that a large part of the exhibition site will be transformed according to UN colours and branding as country pavilions and other participants join in the celebrations and demonstrate their support.
Where will the Expo be held?
The Expo will be hosted in an area north-west of Milan, and will cover approximately 1.1 million square feet, comprising part of the territory surrounding the towns of Pero and Rho. The concept and masterplan for the realization of the exhibition site was developed by an advisory group of five internationally renowned architects: Stefano Boeri, Richard Burdett, Jacques Herzog, Joan Busquets and William McDonough. The guidelines provided by the architects aim to assure a memorable Expo 2015, offering visitors a direct and immediate food experience - an Expo that, within its own space, embodies the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, without using those systems of simulation and documentation so readily available from any computer screen today. The exhibition site will become a place for a fresh encounter between farming and the city that will feed Milan - literally and intellectually. A large agro-food park, built on a grid, will be surrounded by water channels and punctuated by striking landscape architecture.
For more on the Expo site, click here.
How do I get to the Expo site?
The Universal Expo is on the North West side of Milan in the adjacent suburb of Rho. The Exposition Site of Expo Milano 2015 is a few kilometers from the center of Milan, in an area directly connected by three main city airports and by principal public transport lines. The Site is easily accessible by international and local travelers alike through a highly connected transportation system. Expo also collaborates with partners Alitalia and Trenitalia who are its official carriers.
You may find full details on the Expo website clicking here.
Where can I find information about tourism and accommodation in Milan?
For information on tourism and accommodation in Milan, you may choose to consult Milan's official torusim page and Explora Tourism.
Are there any job opportunities for Expo 2015?
For job opportunities at Expo Milano 2015, please consult the official Expo organizers’ website by clicking on this link.
How do I get in touch with Expo organizers?
To get in touch with the official Expo Milan 2015 organizers, please visit this link.
How can I get an accreditation as a Journalist at Expo?
To get media accreditation, visit the official expo site by clicking here.
How can I receive updates about the UN’s presence and activities at Expo Milano 2015?
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