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Expo: An opportunity for growth, says Mogherini – “A showcase for Italian excellence and for a renewed effort to combat malnutrition”

EXPO 2015 will be the biggest global event for the coming years, with 147 official participants and more pavilions than the Shanghai edition. It will be “a unique opportunity for our agri-food industry, an encounter between the most dynamic businesses in the sector”. These were the comments of Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as she presented the programme and goals of the Universal Exposition to the international diplomatic corps at Villa Madama in Rome.

New global development agenda

The theme of the Exposition, “Feeding the Planet”, will provide an opportunity to “rethink the global development agenda”. In 2015, as the Minister reminded the assembled diplomats, “the United Nations Millennium Goals will expire and we will need to draw up a new agenda for food security and the battle against poverty”.

The aim is to “address the contradictions of our century, which sees a contrast between the enormous number of malnourished people and the numerous cases of obesity and poor eating habits”, added Mogherini. The Minister voiced the hope that Barack and Michelle Obama, who have campaigned strongly on this front, will take part in one of the events in Milan.

Participants at the event includedthe President of Lombardy Region, Roberto Maroni; the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina; the President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Debora Serracchiani; and Under-Secretary Mauro Bonaretti.