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Expo of Ideas: from the Charter of Milan to the United Nations

Expo 2015The Charter of Milan is an act of commitment that Italy will propose to the world via Expo Milano 2015. The discussion, moving from the main theme of the exhibition itself “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, focused on the big global questions relating to food.

The Preamble of the Charter reads as follows: “We, women and men, citizens of this planet, endorse this document, entitled the Milan Charter. In so doing, we make clear commitments concerning the right to food, which we believe should be treated as a fundamental human right. We consider a lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, clean water and energy to be a violation of human dignity. We believe that only our collective action as citizens, together with civil society, businesses and local, national and international institutions, will make it possible to overcome the major challenges related to food: combating undernutrition, malnutrition and waste, promoting equitable access to natural resources and ensuring sustainable management of production processes.

In particular, the Charter is an act of commitment to sustainability and can be signed by whoever wishes to – citizens, institutions, enterprises, associations, academia and international organizations – during the six-month expo, and then will be delivered to the Secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, thus connecting Expo 2015 with the end of the long consultation path called “Millennium Development Goals”. This initiative promoted by the United Nations is a blueprint leading to a global pact between rich and poor countries, founded on mutual respect and commitment. Started in 2000, this initiative will come to its completion on 2015, with the definition of eight goals.

For further information and to read, sign and share the Charter of Milan, see Charter of Milan

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