An end to the momentous six months of Expo Milano 2015

Three UN Days, dozens of conferences and international forums, hundreds of technical scientific events, guided visits for over 15,000 students of all ages, and thousands of people who played “get to Zero”.  The 31 October marks the closing of Expo Milano 2015 after 184 days, and these are some of the numbers that have defined the UN’s participation at the World Exposition.  Offers the opportunity

The Commissioner-General for the United Nations at Expo 2015, Fernanda Guerrieri, accompanied by members of the UN-Expo Team, the working group created from the three Rome-based UN agencies –FAO, IFAD and WFP– to coordinate the United Nations’ participation at the World Exposition attended the ceremony held at the Open Air Theatre.

The decision to re-open Pavilion Zero, a fundamental stop on the UN Itinerary, reaffirms the success of the United Nations’ participation at Expo Milano 2015 with the novel horizontal presence composed of 18 UN Spaces located throughout the site.  Due to the high number of visitors, Expo 2015’s main pavilion will re-open its doors to visitors after a brief pause, and therefore will continue to illustrate the close link between the exposition’s theme and the United Nations’ theme: “The Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world.”

The decision was announced following the celebrations of the 70th founding anniversary of the United Nations, which Expo 2015 participated in with their iconic symbol, the Tree of Life, that joined over 300 monuments in over 75 conutries in turning #UNBlue. 

The World Environment Day was celebrated at Expo Milano 2015 on the 5 June, organized by the Italian Ministry for the Enivronment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the theme “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.   

The World Humanitarian Day was celebrated on the 19 August, also at Expo Milano 2015, uner the theme “Inspiring the World’s Humanity” and was organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Italian and Swiss governments, in collaboration with the civil society organizations. 

The World Food Day, one of the most important events at Expo 2015– was celebrated 2 weeks before Expo’s closing on the 16 October under the theme “Social Protection. Breaking the cycle of rural poverty”, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and included high level personalities such as the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella.  Expo Milano 2015 provided the first global platform to send a powerful message, particularly to the youth –the Zero Hunger Generation– encouraging them to take part in the challenge launched with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

The International Agriculture Forum – Held on the 4 and 5 July at Expo Milano 2015, this event saw 50 Ministers for Agriculture, 370 delegates representing 115 countries, among others who represented the three Rome-based UN Agencies.

Women’s Week – From the 29 June through 10 July, the female population was the protagonist of Expo Milano 2015 thanks to the programme of debates, roundtables and shows to reflect on the dimension of gender in agriculture and nutrition.  Women’s Week was organized by WE- Women for Expo in collaboration with FAO and WFP among others. 

Collaboration with the Italian Cooperation, the European Union and participating countries- As part of the collaboration with the Italian Cooperation, the European Union and participating countries, many senior officers and United Nations experts participated in around 300 events. 

Visit of the UN Under-Secretary-General, Cristina Gallach On the 19 June the Under-Secretary-General of the UN for Communication and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, visited the UN Itinerary.  The visit offered her the opportunity to appreciate the innovative participation model the United Nations have followed at Expo Milano 2015. 

Visit of Queen Letizia of Spain – On the 23 July, Queen Letizia of Spain visited Expo Milano 2015 and the UN Itinerary during her first formal appointment as FAO Special Ambassador for Nutrition. 

High-level officials from the UN agencies – throughout the six months, numerous high-level UN officials visited Expo 2015, further contributing to the content provided by their agencies to create the UN Itinerary. 

Collaboration with Progetto Scuola – To enrich students’ educational experience at Expo 2015, the Ministry of Education offered guided visits of Pavilion Zero with the support of the UN-Expo Team. 

The UN’s app for Expo 2015To make the UN itinerary more interactive and educational, the United Nations created the App “get to Zero”, which was downloaded by around 2,000 people and played at Expo by over 600 visitors.   


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