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Presentation of the Charter of Milan at La Statale 30-04-2015

Experts, scholars and authorities will be present at this event, dedicated to a document inviting citizens around the world to make concrete commitments regarding the right to food as a fundamental human right. 28th April, Aula Magna, via Festa del Perdono 7.

The Charter of Milan (Carta di Milano) is a document on the fundamental issues related to food and Expo 2015 and a point of reference for debate on sustainable development in the coming months: the background and ideas at the core of the debate leading to its creation will be presented at the University of Milan on 28th April 2015.

The result of a meeting of 500 experts from around the world at Milan’s HangarBicocca in February 2014, where 42 working groups were formed to draw it up, the Charter is an international document intended to steer debate on the renewal of the United Nations’ Millennium Goals, scheduled for November. The morning session was inaugurated by a preview of Ermanno Olmi’s short film Il Pianeta che ci ospita, followed by the welcome addresses of our Rector, Gianluca Vago, the Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, the President of the Regional Council of Lombardy, Raffaele Cattaneo, and the Commissioner of Expo Milan 2015, Giuseppe Sala.

A reading of the complete Charter of Milan was preceded by an introduction by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, and followed by an address from Salvatore Veca, scientific curator of Laboratorio Expo and drafter of the Charter of Milan.

Specific contributions then dealt with the issues covered by the document.
Livia Pomodoro, President of the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, past president of the Court of Milan, and Hilal Elver, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, spoke about legality and the right to food. Marta Dassù - Executive President of WE - Women for Expo, and former deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs – illustrated women’s role in feeding the planet; while the issues of waste, research and territorial needs were dealt with by Andrea Segrè of the University of Bologna, President of Last Minute Market, and Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of CIHEAM, the Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes.

Cooperation, sustainable development and the democratic distribution of resources were the focus of the contributions by Marco De Ponte, Secretary General of ActionAid Italia, Giampaolo Cantini, Director General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Marcela Villarreal, Director of the FAO’s Office for Communications, Partnerships and Advocacy.

The morning session was concluded by Piero Fassino, President of ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities), who clarified the role of the various addressees of the Charter of Milan, together with Massimo Siracusa, Vice President of Product Development at CNH Industrial, and Albina Assis Africano, representative of the Commissioners of the countries participating in Expo Milan 2015. 

The afternoon session – opened with an address on the part of the Region of Lombardy – focused on food safety, biodiversity, and food-related identity, with a conversation between Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, of Milan’s Università Cattolica, and Salvatore Ceccarelli of ICARDA, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, followed by contributions from various international guests, including: Vandana Shiva, of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy; David Sutton of Southern Illinois University; and the artist Adrian Paci, who presented the work My song in your kitchen, the result of Laboratorio Expo’s anthropological-artistic workshop.

The afternoon session proceeded with presentations from, among others, Carlo Carraro, of Cà Foscari University in Venice, on energy poverty and economic development, the urban sociologist Susan Fainstein, of Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Barry B. Hughes of the University of Denver, on challenges and forecasting models for a fairer future.
 

All citizens are welcome to sign the Charter of Milan on the dedicated website


28th April, 10.00 a.m.
From Expo 2015: worldwide commitment for the right to food
Aula Magna, University of Milan
Via Festa del Perdono 7