Expo Milano 2015 is a World or Universal exposition. Taking place every 5 years and lasting 6 months, Expos are centered on specific cultural themes that concern the whole of humanity. Participants include countries, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and corporations. Expo 2015 is the next scheduled Universal Exposition and will be hosted by Milan, Italy, between 1 May and 31 October 2015.
MILAN, 1 May -31 October 2015
The Expo theme
The Theme of Expo Milano 2015 is "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life". It brings forward the truly global challenge: is it possible to ensure sufficient, good, healthy and sustainable food for all mankind?
Indeed, with over 800 000 million people facing hunger in developing countries, developed countries confronted with growing obesity levels and diseases linked to ill-informed food choices, dwindling natural resources, climate change and threats to the world's biodiversity, the urgent need to address the challenges brought forward by the Expo is clear.
A platform for global reach and global debate
With a total of 20 million visitors expected on site and many online visitors, Expo is a valuable opportunity to inform and communicate with European and International citizens on these challenges.
Most importantly, with 147 countries and international organisations present (to date, 7 July 2014), Expo will provide a unique platform to deliberate on the pressing concerns linked to food and sustainability at a global level and to launch concrete initiatives to tackle issues.
Feeding the planet – how the EU contributes
The EU will participate with the theme statement 'Growing Europe's Future Together for a Better World'.
With its theme, Expo Milano invites participants to actively address global challenges linked to food and sustainability. Indeed, the EU plays a major role in finding solutions to these issues, which are at the crossroad of several EU policies. Below are just a few examples of the EU's involvement.
- The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) helps farmers not just to produce food, but also to protect the environment, improve animal welfare and sustain viable rural communities.
- The EU is at the forefront of the discussion in the field of food quality, promoting healthy standards in the field of nutrition, both in terms of education and policy development.
- Food safety has become in the last fifteen years a central element of the EU policies and the basis of a real model for the rest of the world.
- EU approach to food is at the same time the precondition to guarantee the safety of its citizens and consumers and the milestone on which is based the reputation and success of the EU food industry worldwide.
- Environmental sustainability, which is intrinsically linked with food production, has also been a key priority for the EU, who has for example been active in the sector of sustainable energy, in particular for efficient use and sustainable production of energy.
- Science and research into the issues of food and sustainability are also a main sector of EU activity, with many important R&D projects supported by the EU Framework Programmes.
- The EU is the largest development aid donor worldwide and, together with its Member States, provides about half of the total aid worldwide.
2015 – An important year
The timing of the Expo, which coincides with the target year of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) , further contributes to making Expo Milano an important milestone of the planetary debate on food and sustainability to which the EU should contribute.
2015 will also be the midpoint of the implementation of Europe 2020 , the European Union's growth strategy for the current decade. In a changing world, we want the European Union to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy: an economy which delivers high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.
Finally, 2015 will be the European Year of Development.