A World Exposition the likes of the one in Milan with the theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”, would not be complete without a discussion about nutrition and sustainability, two of the themes at the center of the international Post-2015 Agenda debate. This discussion will take place during the “Post 2015 Development Agenda: sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security” conference scheduled for the 14 and 15 of May in the Palazzo Castiglioni in Milan and organized by the Italian Cooperation for Development.
Expo Milano 2015 falls in a crucial year for the United Nations: not only will we review overall progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals, the new Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda will also be adopted. In both cases, the topics of sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition are central: the first MDG aimed to halve the number of people suffering from hunger between 1990 and 2015; the Sustainable Development Objectives proposed the addition of a secondary target the elimination of eradicating hunger by 2030.
Although an ambitious objective, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action – the Zero Hunger Challenge – teaches us that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetime. This same Challenge is at the center of the United Nations’ participation at Expo Milano 2015, who has chosen to participate with the theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge. United for a sustainable world”.
Promoted by the Italian Cooperation at Expo Milano 2015 and organized in collaboration with the Institute for International Political studies (ISPI) and the three Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD and WFP), these two days will see the discussion of topics crucial to the future of our planet. Among the listed speakers is Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Lapo Pistelli, the FAO Deputy Director General, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, the IFAD Vice President, John McIntire and the WFP Director of Geneva office, Gordana Jerger.