Events of the week (July 6-12)

Starting with the Best Practices Award Ceremony, this week also includes new events of the Women's Weeks such as the Aspen Forum,  the Fruit & Vegetables Day, a focus on durum wheat chains in Ethiopia and a three-day conference on the role of cooperative in sustainable development and Zero Hunger.  

6 July, Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security Award Ceremony hosted by the Feeding Knowledge programme, starting at 10.30AM at the Auditorium of Palazzo Italia of Expo Milano.

The International Selection Committee of the International Call on Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security (BSDP) led by Prince Albert of Monaco will award the 18 winning projects that are displayed either by video or photo stories at the Pavilion Zero of Expo Milano 2015. Among these, there are the movie winner “Intensification of agriculture by strengthening cooperative agro-input shops” supported by Niger’s Ministry of Agriculture and FAO and the photo story “Nourishing the land, nourishing the people” funded by IFAD, both selected for Priority 2, Quantitative & Qualitative Enhancement of Crop Products; and the photo story winner “Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal” developed and implemented in partnership by the Directorate of Veterinary Services, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and FAO, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and Senegal Institute for Agricultural Research selected for Priority 4, Sustainable Development of Small Rural Communities in Marginal Areas.
Agenda of the Award Ceremony available here.

6 July, “Reinforcing the Role of Women in the Middle East and North Africa”, press conference at 11AM in the Women for Expo Space (North-West Cardo) organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and No Peace Without Justice to present the project “Promoting Women Empowerment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in the MENA Region”. Participants include: Emma Bonino, Ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Founder of No Peace Without Justice; Giovanna Melandri, President of the Human Foundation G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce; Marta Dassù, Executive President of Women for Expo, and Monica Carcò, UNIDO Chief Investment and Technology Unit. More information here.

8 July: ”Bread of the world. The ethical value of agriculture”, event organized by San Patrignano and Letizia Moratti, former Mayor of Milan and one of the founder of the San Patrignano Foundation. at 6.30 pm at Società Agricola Folli - Via Grandi, 1 
Robbiano di Mediglia, Milano. Mr Carlo Fadda, Theme Leader, Productive Agricultural Ecosystems of Bioversity International is to give a speech on durum wheat, with examples based on the “Seeds for Needs” project in Ethiopia.

8 July: “Durum wheat chains in Ethiopia”, organized by the Italian Cooperation for Development of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this event takes place at the Cascina Triluza at 10.30AM - 1.30PM. UNIDO’s Dejene Tezera, Unit Chief, Rural Enterpreneurship Development and Human Security Unit , will intervene on  "UNIDO and Italian Cooperation’s support to the agro-industry centres as a strategy to improve Ethiopia’s development" at 12.15AM. More info and agenda available here.

8-10 July: The Aspen Forum at Expo on Food Security, Nutrition and Global Health, as part of the Women's Weeks of WE - Women for Expo. The Aspen Forum at Expo programming will feature a series of workshops, panel discussions, interviews, dinner events and tutorials to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food security, nutrition, global health, sustainability in the challenge of Expo: Feeding the Planet.

Within the Forum two events will see the participation of UN representatives:

  • Heather Adair‐Rohani, Department of Public Health and Environment of the World Health Organization will participate in the event “Clean cooking solutions for health and sustainability”, organized by WAME - World Access to Modern Energy at 2.15-4.00 pm on July 8 in the Cascina Triulza. More information and agenda of the workshop available here.
  • Marcela Villarreal, Director of the Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development of FAO will participate in the panel discussion on “Investing in innovation: women and technologies” at 10.30-12.00 am on July 10 in the Expo Media Center. More information and programme of the Aspen Forum available here.

9 July, Fruit & Vegetables Day, fifth thematic day of Expo 2015. It will be the occasion to visit our UN Space in the Fruit and Vegetables Cluster where the importance of fruit and legumes in food security and nutrition is illustrated and where the traditional agricultural practices based on inherited local knowledge that can guarantee food and agricultural diversity, resillience and livelihoods are addressed.  

10 July, Women's Empowerment: Rights and Tools and The Table of the World, closing events of the Women's Weeks of Women for Expo. The round table will take place at the Expo Media Centre from 7.45 to 9.15 PM with the participation, among others, of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Honorary President of Women for Expo Emma Bonino, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (joint agency of the UN and WTO) Arancha Gonzalez and the Associate Vice-President of IFAD and UN Deputy Commissioner-General for Expo 2015 Josefina Stubbs. Following there will be a parade on the Decumanos leading to "The Table of the World" in Piazza Italia: a representation of women's desire to bring different cultures together trourh food. A delegation of the United Nations will also take part in the parade. The UN representatives will join the parade at the UN Garden carrying the blue spoon, symbol of the Zero Hunger Challenge. The UN will represent all the peoples globally, especially women, yet without access to food and natural resources. Women's empowerment and gender equality are two key ingredients of the "recipe" to defeat global hunger. 

12-14 July, Co-operatives: Empowering people for Sustainable Development and Zero Hunger. This three-days event is organized by the International Cooperative Alliance, with the support of the FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development (FAO OPC).

The first day of the event, July 12, will take place at the Palazzo delle Stelline Congress Centre. Mr Rodrigo Castañeda, Chief of the Partnerships Unit of FAO OPC, will hold a key note speech on ”Feeding nine billion people while ensuring sustainability”, while Ms Nora OurabahHaddad, Coordinator, Cooperatives and Producer Organizations Partnerships of FAO OPC, will participate in the following round table on ”Agricultural cooperatives: Supporting family farming and rural communities to enhance agricultural production and diversity”.

The last two days will be held in the auditorium of Cascina Triulza. On July 13, Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer, Rural Infrastructure and Industries Division of FAO, will participate in the round table on “Sustainable production and consumption: Avoiding food losses and food waste in the supply chain”.

On July 14, Jamie Morrison, Senior Economist and Deputy Coordinator of Strategic Objective 4 at the Trade and Markets Division of FAO, will participate in the round table “Ensuring an appropriate policy environment: Trade agreements and the post-2015 development agenda”. More information and agenda available here.  

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