UN’s Ban Ki-Moon to visit Expo Milan 2015

Celebrating World Food Day.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will visit Expo Milan 2015 on Friday 16 October, World Food Day, to receive the Milan Charter – the manifesto that engages all citizens in the fight against undernourishment, malnutrition and waste, while promoting equal access to natural resources and sustainability.

World Food Day 2015 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the UN agency Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) which is based in Rome. This year it addresses the theme of “Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”.

FAO’s decision to celebrate World Food Day at Expo Milan 2015 underlines the importance of Expo’s “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” theme. UN involvement in Expo has already included celebrations for World Environment Day on 5 June and of the World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.

Ban Ki-Moon will also take part in a “Zero Hunger Generation” question and answer session with students to explore the crucial role of young people in achieving the UN’s newly adopted sustainable development goals. Recognising their importance, a junior version of the Milan Charter has been drawn up to bring the Expo message home to younger citizens.

The Urban Food Policy Pact, in which mayors worldwide commit to coordinating international food policies, is another Expo legacy document that will be presented.

The UN is present throughout the site, thanks to the thematic route marked by installations presenting the  Zero Hunger Challenge - United for a sustainable world, launched by Ban Ki-Moon especially for the exposition.