Milan university founds UNESCO chair for food rights

Legacy of Expo Milano 2015.

Milan’s Università Statale has founded a UNESCO chair for the right and access to food, with the jurist and former president of Milan Tribunal Livia Pomodoro (pictured), now president of the Milan Centre for Food Law and Policy, appointed as its holder.

The foundation manifesto stated that Pomodoro "has fought and is fighting so that the legacy of the [food themed] Expo Milano 2015 is confirmation of the leadership conquered by Milan and Lombardy in the field of sustainable development."

The manifesto was signed last week by political and business leaders including foreign minister Angelino Alfano, president of Lombardy region Attilio Fontana, Milan mayor Beppe Sala, the presidents of Confindustria and Confcommercio and the deans of Milan's three universities.

Milan already hosts two UNESCO chairs, one on energy for sustainable development and another on the conservation and architectural planning of the city's heritage. In all, Italy has 26 UNESCO chairs, which have the objective of promoting international cooperation among universities.

These chairs are "in the interest of humanity", said Pomodoro at the founding ceremony, underlining that Milan will need to focus not only on the right to food but also on the right to water, "the great problem of the coming years."