The cultural legacy of Expo Milano 2015

The Milan Charter
With 1,5 million signatures, the Charter of Milan embodies the cultural legacy of Expo Milano 2015. A shared document strongly backed by the Italian government, the Charter issued a call for every national or international citizen, association, enterprise or institution to take responsibility in ensuring that future generations of the entire planet  will be guaranteed the right to proper nutrition.The main themes of the Charter were: access to sufficient, wholesome and nutritious food, clean water and energy; the full acknowledgement of women’s role with respect to nutrition and education; the protection of the soil and of natural resources; and sustainable production processes.The document emphasized the social and cultural value of food, which must be managed in an equitable, rational, and efficient manner for the benefit of present and future generations, along with natural resources and energy sources. The document acknowledged that feeding the planet’s growing population without depleting the environment and in such a way as to preserve existing resources for future generations, is one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind today.
Developed under the aegis of Maurizio Martina, Italian Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and Giuseppe Sala Expo Commissioner, coordinated by the Feltrinelli Foundation, the Charter was established through the contribution of a great many international experts,researchers, academics and leading figures from the business,cooperation, communications and sports sectors, who came together in a grand “Expo of Ideas”. The first meeting took place at the Hangar Bicocca on 7 February 2015, with the participation of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, and seven government ministers, along with 500 experts. This collective brainstorming covered forty-two thematic focuses. The submission of the Charter of Milan to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, on the FAO World Food Day, 16 October 2015, marked the completion of a process which had begun months before with meetings and efforts designed to fulfill the ambition of Milan, Italy, and the Expo, to bequeath to the world a compelling message on the human right to food.
The numbers of The Milan Charter
<b>1.5 million</b>  signatures <b>19</b>  languages <b>3.5 billion</b>  potential readers <b>5,000</b>  experts involved for its writing 
Children's Milan Charter
Tailor-made for children aged from 5 to 13, the junior version of the Milan Charter uses simple language accompanied by drawings showing ways to find common solutions to problems related to food and malnutrition. “We boys and girls of the World have decided to read and sign this document, called the Milan Charter, because we know that there is a big problem between what the planet is able to give us to eat and the fact that there are more and more of us to be fed,” it begins.“The idea is to make the Children’s Milan Charter a tool for summer recreation centres and to use it in schools during the next school year,” said Minister of Agriculture Martina at the presentation in June 2015.
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