The UN media contact points for Expo Milano 2015 are:

Sabina Zaccaro – FAO ( Tel. (+39) 06 570 50051; )
Vichi De Marchi – WFP ( Tel. (+39) 06 65132058; )
Enza Falco – IFAD ( Tel. (+39) 06 54592033; )                         
Andrea Tornese – UN EXPO Team/Media Officer ( )  

Press releases are available in the Press Area.

UN agencies at EXPO – FAQ’s 

1.      Why is the UN participating in Expo Milano 2015?

Some 145 countries – representing 94 percent of the world’s population – will participate in Expo Milano 2015 as well as numerous stakeholders from civil society and the private sector, many of whom partner the UN and its agencies in development projects and programmes around the world.

The theme of Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the plant, Energy for life” links strongly with the UN’s mission to fight global hunger, malnutrition and poverty. As such, Expo Milano 2015 offers to the UN an excellent opportunity to showcase its work related to addressing these critical issues and foster a public dialogue.

2015 is a crucial year for the UN with the introduction of a new set of global targets, the Sustainable Development Goals. These will define the way countries develop in the decades to come, and food and agriculture are expected to feature high on this new, global agenda

Expo Milano 2015 provides an international platform to discuss the new goals and targets and create momentum around key food security and nutrition issues through debates, workshops and other events.


2.      What does the UN hope Expo Milano 2015 can achieve?

The greatest scandal of our era is the fact that around  800 million people on the planet still suffer from hunger despite the fact that the world produces enough food for  the entire population. People need to start talking more about hunger and we believe Expo Milano 2015 will help trigger greater awareness about this and related issues.

The other challenge will be to produce food for around nine billion people in 2050. To achieve this goal, food production will have to increase by around 60 percent. Increasing food production in a sustainable way will require the involvement of millions of family farmers around the globe, but also technological innovations that help us to use limited natural resources like water, soil, forests and fisheries in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.

At Expo Milano 2015 the UN and its partners will show how day-to-day actions by ordinary people can make a difference.

By sensitizing public opinion on these key issues we can mobilize the political will that is necessary to influence governments to take decisions that ensure everyone has access to nutritious and healthy diets.


3.      What is the main issue or theme that the UN wants to promote at Expo Milano 2015.

The UN is participating with the theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge – United for a sustainable world”.


4.      What do you mean by Zero Hunger?

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, the Zero Hunger Challenge is a global call to action born from the firm conviction that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetime.

In practical terms, the Zero Hunger Challenge consists of five pillars:
·         Zero stunted children less than 2 years
·         100% access to adequate food all year round
·         All food systems are sustainable
·         100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
·         Zero loss or waste of food

In addition to these five Zero Hunger Challenge pillars, at Expo Milano 2015, the UN will focus on women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Eliminating hunger involves investments in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, rural development, decent work, social protection and equality of opportunity.

It will make a major contribution to peace and stability and to the reduction of poverty.

By taking up the Zero Hunger Challenge governments are required to show a political commitment and as a process it encourages the participation by a range of organizations, social movements and people around a common vision.

At Expo Milano 2015, the UN’s itinerary will begin at the venue’s main Pavilion Zero, and it will consist of a series of infopoints and several multimedia installations and other material.
Our aim is to show the event’s estimated 20 million visitors that it is indeed possible to end hunger in our lifetime.


5.      What is the link between the theme of Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and the mission of the UN?

In the words of the organizers, Expo Milano 2015 “will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to the contradictions of our world,” related to food and nutrition. On the one hand, there are still the hungry and, on the other, there are those who die from ailments linked to poor nutrition or too much food. In addition, about one third of all food – some 1.3 billion tons every year - is lost or squandered before it is consumed by humans.

For these reasons the theme of Expo Milano 2015 casts the spotlight on the need to make conscious political choices, develop sustainable lifestyles, and use the best technology and local knowledge to create a balance between the availability and the consumption of resources.

This is in line with the UN’s mission, which aims to address the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, including peace and security, climate change, sustainable development humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance and food production.


6.      What has the UN done to ensure that the rural poor/small-scale family farmers are adequately represented at Expo Milano 2015?

At Expo Milano 2015 the UN will have content related to its work spread across numerous areas throughout the 1.1 million square metre site. The content - including infographics, video, photo stories and posters -  describes projects and programmes carried out by the UN and its partners around the world, particularly in developing countries and will reinforce the UN theme for Expo Milano 2015 is “The Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world”.

A “100 percent increase in small holder productivity and income,” is one of the five pillars supporting the Zero Hunger Challenge. As such, the UN will give prominence to family farmers in its itinerary at Expo Milano 2015, dedicating one full installation to this theme at the Future Food District site.

In addition, many of the programmes and projects – including best practices - focus on the rural poor and on small-scale family farmers and on ways that can guarantee their food security and livelihoods. In particular, many promote ways to recognize and enhance the role of women in combating hunger, malnutrition and poverty.


7.      What is the Carta di Milano and what can be expected from it?

The Carta di Milano (Charter of Milan) is intended to represent the political and cultural legacy of Expo Milano 2015.

It is the fruit of a broad debate involving the scientific community, civil society organizations and various institutions around the main theme, in the case of Expo Milano 2015: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

This intense process has led to, at the request of the Italian government, the drafting of the Carta di Milano, a participatory and shared document that calls on every citizen, association, company and institution to assume their responsibility in ensuring that future generations can enjoy the right to food.
FAO and other UN agencies have provided technical input in the drafting of the Carta di Milano.

In particular, the Carta di Milano will address five major issues, all within the context of the right to food:
• What economic and production models can ensure sustainable development in economic and social areas?
• Which of the different types of existing agriculture are able to produce sufficient quantities of healthy food without damaging water resources and biodiversity?
• What are the best practices and technologies to reduce inequalities within cities, where the majority of the human population is concentrated?
• How can we think about food not only as a mere source of nutrition, but also as something that provides a socio-cultural identity?
• How empowering women is fundamental to achieve food security.

By signing the Carta di Milano, individuals – including visitors to the Expo - organizations and companies agree to carry out actions and activities aimed at creating awareness on the right to food and nutrition. In doing so they will voice their request that governments and international institutions adopt rules and policies at both a national and global level that ensure a fairer and more sustainable future for the planet.


8.      What does the UN think about the participation of multinational food companies at Expo Milano 2015?

It is not for the UN to say who should or should not participate in Expo Milano 2015 which is being run under the rules of the international sanctioning body for world fairs and exhibitions, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

It is worth noting however, that multinational companies are part of the range of stakeholders – governments, the private sector, civil society, farmer organizations, and academia – playing a role in food and agriculture in many countries around the world.


9.      Which UN agencies will participate in Expo Milano 2015?

The three Rome-based UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)  lead the UN’s presence at Expo Milano 2015

Other UN agencies/organizations participating are:
CBD - Convention on Biological Diversity
ILO - International Labour Organization
DOALOS - Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
OCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
HLTF - The Secretary General's High-Level Task force on Global Food Security
UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
UNICRI - Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNRIC - United Nations Regional Information Centre
UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNWTO - World Tourism Organization
WHO - World Health Organization
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization


10.  How much money has the UN/FAO spent on Expo Milano 2015?

The costs have been minimal and the UN’s presence has been covered through extra-budgetary funds.

Unlike previous Expos where the UN featured in a dedicated pavilion, at Expo 2015 a UN Itinerary will lead visitors to explore the UN’s work and that of its agencies and organizations across themes and sector and as represented in various parts of the exhibition site. This model of participation has required intense coordination between UN agencies and organizations, but has proven to be more cost-effective.


11.  What are the main UN-related events for Expo Milano 2015?

The UN multimedia Blue Spoon installations will be present on the main exhibition site during the duration of Expo Milano 2015.

These consist of 18 giant spoons representing the five pillars of the Zero Hunger Challenge, women’s empowerment and gender equality and other UN content related to the Expo’s thematic areas. Each spoon will be positioned in a UN space at the Expo site, including at the main Pavilion Zero, which is expected to attract some 40 percent of all Expo visitors, and at the UN Garden.

These areas will include multimedia content (infographics, video, photo stories and posters) and panels displaying maps, text and other visual content. Together the UN spoons will act as beacons, linking UN content and events throughout a UN Zero Hunger Itinerary.

Three important UN days will be celebrated at Expo Milano 2015:
•           World Environment Day (UNEP), 5 June – The theme will be resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in the context of the planet’s regenerative capacity, as captured in the slogan ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.
•           World Humanitarian Day (OCHA with the support of WFP), 19 August - will strongly focus on the safety and security of humanitarian workers in countries in crises.
•           World Food Day (FAO), 16 October – will focus on social protection and celebrate FAO’s 70th anniversary.  

The Committee on Food Security will attend World Food Day 2015 in Milan and the UN Secretary-General and Pope Francis have also been invited to attend.


12.  How can I receive updates about the UN’s presence and activities at Expo Milano 2015?

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