The theme chosen for EXPO Milan 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, provides an excellent opportunity for UNESCO to share its experience of the relationship between man, culture, nature and the production/consumption of food with a global audience, and to explore the vital role of cultural and natural diversity as drivers for sustainable development.

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As well as participating in EXPO Milan as a member of the UN system under the banner “The Zero Hunger Challenge. United for a Sustainable World”, UNESCO has prepared a broad set of activities and events in and around Venice and other Italian UNESCO sites as part of the Venice to EXPO 2015 programme:

  • The “Behind Food Sustainability” exhibition forms the core of UNESCO’s contribution to Venice to EXPO 2015 and takes a look at what communities and territories around the world can teach us about man’s relationship with food and nature.
  • Water worlds with the “Exploring the Venice Lagoon”, a multimedia installation that explores the “water worlds” beginning with the Venice Lagoon and its historical waterways; and, an international conference on “Waterscapes and Historic Canals as a Cultural Heritage” that seeks to study tangible and intangible heritage linked to waterways and historic canals;
  • Childrens’ EXPO, with activities addressed to youth among which the Treasure Hunt in Venice, the Parco degli Alberi Parlanti in Treviso and Young Leonardo at EXPO in Milan.
  • Involvement of Other Territories and Designated Sites in Italy The "Behind Food Sustainability" exhibition will be shown in Venice and in other UNESCO sites in the Veneto and further afield in Italy: Botanical Garden in Padua, Po delta and Italian Parks

UNESCO’s contribution to EXPO 2015 was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).

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