Events of the week (August 31-Sept 6)

August 31: The Sustainable Human Development International Summer School will be held at the KIP International School Pavilion - “Attractive territories for a sustainable world” - at Expo Milano 2015 until the 13 September.
The summer school is organized by a network of Italian universities, headed by the University Bicocca of Milan. It is presented as a comprehensive introductory course on sustainable human local development, and provides an introduction to the International Doctoral Program in Sustainable Human Development which will be launched next year. Ms Eliana Haberkon, Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and member of the UN-Expo team, will take part in the opening ceremony of the course on August 31, introducing participants to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations. Ms Haberkon will discuss topics including natural recources,land and the right to land, gender equality and women’s empowerment, the rights of indigenous people and the importance of their knowledge for food security. Working with partnerships, she will also stress the importance of including different actors to ensure change and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals within 2030.  More information at:

August 31: The Conference Impact evaluation of policies and projects for agricultural and rural development is organized by the University of Bologna and will be held at the Italian pavilion from 6.20 pm to 9.30 pm on August 31.
This conference is divded into two sessions, the First Session is titled ”Evaulating the impact of agricultural and rural development policies and projects” and the Second Session is titled ”Monitoring economic and environmental impact of agricultural policies”.  In the First Session, Ms Minà Dowlatchahi, Deputy-Director, Office for Strategic Planning and Resources Management, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will present “Statistics for food security: FAO’s assessment of countries’ capacities for evidence-based policy making” at 6.40 pm.
Mr Paul Winters, Director of Strategic Planning and Impact Assessment Division of the Strategic and Knowledge Department of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will follow at 7 pm with a presentation on “Challenges to impact evaluation, solutions for IFAD”.  For more information click here.

September 4: the workshop Mediterranean Mountains: climate Change, Landscape and Biodiversity. A partnership for enhancing Sustainable Mountain Development in the Mediterranean is organized by UNEP and the Ministry of Environment of Italy and will be held in the Bio-Mediterranean Cluster at Expo Milano 2015.
This workshop will open a series of meetings dedicated to the Mediterranean Mountains with the aim of strengthening and expanding cooperation between stakeholders.  Three thematic areas have been chosen for discussion during this workshop: local adaptation and mitigation of climate change; sustainable tourism and integrated management of the landscape; and protection and enhancement of biodiversity and agro-biodiversity in the Mediterranean mountain areas. Participants will include international experts, representatives of academic and research institutions from Mediterranean countries and Barbara Degani, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Environment.  For more information, including a draft program visit this page.

September 6:  It begins with me. How the world can end hunger in our lifetime, an event organized by Italy and Ireland in support of the World Food Programme's (WFP) work to feed the millions of people who are still victims of food insecurity around the world. It will take place at 7 PM in the Open Plaza of the Expo Centre with the participation of the singer Bono, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Italian and Irish Ministers of Agriculture Maurizio Martina and Simone Coveney and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. 



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