Expo Milano 2015 at Rio+20

Expo Milano 2015 will be in Rio to begin a lasting global conversation, striving to keep it alive and to continue it through 2015 and beyond

The Rio+20 conference represents the most important global multi-stakeholder forum on sustainable developmentIt addresses priority areas for global sustainability, including themes directly relating to Expo Milano 2015 such as food security, sustainable agriculture, water and sustainable cities.  Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is a global forum to discover new ways of  thinking about food, sustainability and cooperation as well as a place to experience innovative technologies and ideas for our planet.

Expo Milano 2015 will be in Rio to begin a lasting global conversation, striving to keep it alive and to continue it through 2015 and beyond. A debate which will be open for discussion and suggestions from institutions, companies, organizations and citizens, aiming to develop a common language and a shared vision to meet global environmental and humanitarian challenges. 

Join Expo Milano 2015 in Rio+20 at:

  • 16 June, 16:00 - 17:30 (21:00 – 22:30 CET), EXPO 2015: a global forum on food, sustainability and cooperation in the FAO panel session "Global Governance for Sustainable Food and Agricolture" at the Corporate Sustainability Forum organized by UN Global Compact – WINDSOR BARRA HOTEL

    This event will convene representatives of FAO and regional organizations and companies to share their views on strategies and priorities for reinforcing global governance in support of sustainable food and agriculture systems. This session will give an opportunity for the participating organizations and companies to profile flagship initiatives, action agendas, and cooperation mechanisms. This session will focus on global governance, the role of FAO, how governance arrangements can be reformed to better allow the private sector to invest into sustainable production systems and value chains. The new voluntary guidelines initiatives will be discussed as well as private sector participation to the Committee on World Food Security.

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  • 17 June, 9:30 - 11:00 (14:30 – 16:00 CET), A safe and just space for humanity with OXFAM in the IIED FAIR IDEAS Conference - PUC UNIVERSITY

    The panel discussion, “Between planetary and social boundaries: can we live in the safe and just space for humanity?”, will be hosted by Oxfam with the support of EXPO Milano 2015. The concept of planetary boundaries and social boundaries (also known as “the doughnut”) provides a compelling perspective on sustainable development. The concept of “the doughnut” as the space in which humanity can thrive between social and planetary boundaries is the core of Oxfam’s discussion paper “A Safe and Just Space for Humanity”, which EXPO Milano 2015 aims to propose for international debate starting in Rio.
    Join a panel discussion of diverse thinkers and policymakers to debate the implications of planetary and social boundaries.

    Watch the video about "the doughnut" 

    Live video stream of the Conference

    Download documents: Program | Flyer 

  • 17 June, 15:00 - 17:00 (20.00 - 22.00 CET), Projects on food security and sustainable nutrition with ACTIONAID in the Italian Pavilion - PARQUE DOS ATLETAS

    ActionAid will present its worldwide projects on food and sustainable nutrition and the collaboration with EXPO Milano 2015. Special guest: Vandana Shiva. 

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  • 19 June, 19:30 - 21:00 (00:30 – 02:00 CET), The human being: the core of a sustainable city with AVSI – P3E, RIOCENTRO CONVENTION CENTER

    Education, employment and social inclusion of new generations are crucial components for sustainable cities. The focus on the development of each single person, his/her family and community is key to foster the active protagonism of city dwellers, their associations and institutions, which, along with the private sector, are essential for city planning and development. How to face this challenge? Case studies and lessons learned.

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  • 21 June, 13:00 - 14:30 (18.00 - 19:30 CET), Preparing for the BIG Events with IMELS in the Italian Pavilion - PARQUE DOS ATLETAS

    The CEO, Giuseppe Sala, will give an overview on EXPO Milano 2015. Special Guest: Corrado Clini, Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy.

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"Giuseppe Sala speech at Rio+20" 
(Giuseppe Sala, CEO Expo 2015 S.p.A.)

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  • 22 June, 11:00 - 13:00 (16:00 - 18:00 CET), Integrated knowledge management for development: lessons learned from the Italian and Brazilian water and energy experiences with HYDROAID - AUDITORIUM CN03 PARQUE DOS ATLETAS

    Italy’s approach to cooperation to development focuses on the integrated management of water, food and energetic security in order to create sustainability. A discussion on this topic started in the 2012 6th World Water Forum in Marseille and will continue throughout Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development with the purpose of facilitating a productive dialogue among international organizations, national governments and scientific institutes. The participants – members and representatives of international organizations, governments, energy and water management companies – will discuss the key issues of cooperation to development as related to  the complexity of the modern communication system. The event will also offer the opportunity for sharing and comparing the Italian and Brazilian experiences and strategies in the development field.

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Download the program of events (pdf)


EXPO MILANO 2015 at Italian Pavilion

The Italian Government has designed a pavilion inside the exhibition area of Parque dos Atletas in Rio. This exhibition space is used for shows and various activities like workshops, seminars and other events linked to the theme of the United Nations conference on sustainable development. Here, you can have a taste of what will happen in Italy in the future, thanks to the corner “The Event beyond the curtain” dedicated to showing and promoting the next Universal Exposition, Expo Milano 2015. The space gives visitors the opportunity to become familiar with the theme contents of the exposition “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and to understand how sustainability is one of the inspiring principles at the heart of the Milan Event.

We hope you’ll join us at the Italian Pavilion from 13 to 22 June! 

Programme of events at the Italian Pavilion 13 - 22 June 2012


Kate Raworth from Oxfam Great Britain
introduced her novel research during a side event organised by Oxfam and the Expo Milano 2015 at Rio+20.

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Expo 2015 Official Global Partners


Expo Milano 2015: a Global Event, a Global forum

The next Universal Exposition, Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, is the largest worldwide event ever organized to unite all stakeholders - from countries to civil society - to discuss and propose solutions to meet the challenges of the global food crisis through innovative, sustainable practices and new ways of collaboration.  As of date, 84 countries and the United Nations have already officially signed to be a part of Expo 2015 and a total of 140 countries are expected to join this important international forum. 

The main objective of Expo 2015 is to stimulate an interactive world dialogue around the complex issues related to guaranteeing safe and sufficient food for all - from the pressures of population growth to the impact of climate change and innovation on food production and distribution.  In this Expo 2015 aims at  creating an ongoing global platform which aggregates ideas and contributions being put forth by institutions, companies, organizations and citizens in order to build a movement able to stimulate initiatives which will live and grow up to 2015 and beyond.