WE-Women for Expo : A PROJECT OF Expo Milano 2015 in collaboration WITHTHE Ministry OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND Arnoldo & Alberto Mondadori FOUNDATION

WE-Women for Expo : A PROJECT OF Expo Milano 2015 in collaboration WITHTHE Ministry OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND Arnoldo & Alberto Mondadori FOUNDATION

E.Bonino e V.Shiva a Torino Vandana Shiva Women for Expo 2

Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino presents, at the Lingotto Congress Center in Turin, WE-Women for Expo, at the end of third International Participants Meeting. WE-Women for Expo is an Expo Milano 2015 project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Arnoldo& Alberto Mondadori Foundation, which intends to create a network of women from all over the world who can work all together on the issues of nutrition, in ameliorating the universal rightto food.

The project aims to reach and to involvethe biggest number of women from all over the world, inviting them to express themselves about the theme of food, not only in cooking it, but also in deciding what kind of future they can build together for the next generations in terms of sustainability, so to offer their contribution to Universal Exposition’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

Diana Bracco, General Commissioner for the Italian Pavilion, introduces the event. Monica Maggioni leads a debate with the participation of Vandana Shiva, Indian activist and environmentalist, Claudio Tesauro, President of Save The Children Italy and Italian Minister Emma Bonino. TayeSelasi, a British writer with Ghanaian-Nigerian origins, intervenes with a video on the project.

Twenty female General Commissioners of the participant Countries to Expo Milano 2015 – Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Italia, Kenya, Laos, Pakistan, Serbia, Slovenia, Vanuatu, Tanzania – are the protagonists of the debate that will follow.

The event will be closed by Marta Dassù, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and EvelinaChristillin, President of Teatro Stabile of Turin’s Foundation.

WE’s journey toward the objective of 2015 will be accompanied by a video, realized with the images and music of two Italian young female artists -Erica Mou for the musical part and Cristina Seresini for the animations – who, with their creativity, will be the ambassadors of WE message in the world.


Universal Expositions (also known as World’s Fairs) have been held throughout the world since 1851 and bring together companies, organizations and individuals around a common universal theme or challenge of collective importance. Expos have had a lasting legacy and impact on their host cities and countries. Iconic landmarks, including Paris’ Eiffel Tower, London’s Crystal Palace and San Francisco’s Palace of Fine were originally built for these expositions.In 2008, The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which since 1928 has been the official intergovernmental body overseeing Universal and International Expositions, selected Milan to host Expo 2015.



Milan will host the Universal Exposition under the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” from May 1st to October 31, 2015, welcoming more than 130 participating countries and countless international organizations, NGOs and companies. The goal of Expo is to propose specific solutions that ensure the right to sufficient, healthy and safe nutrition, and to guarantee environmental, social and economic sustainability of the food industry.

The problems and possible solutions to nutrition have become a strategic priority of the international community in a world where one out of eight people (870 million[1] human beings) are starving, 12 percent of the population is obese[2] and almost 800 million people do not have access to drinking water[3]. Over the course of the year, participating companies and organizations will work together to illustrate excellence in food production techniques, strategies to combine production with energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources and the protection of natural resources.


Expo Milano is expected to provide a significant boost to Italy’s economy:

Public Sector Investment:                                                1.3 billion Euros

Private Sector Investment:                                              300 million Euros

Participating Countries:                                                   1 billion Euros

Impact on Tourism:                                                           5 billion Euros

Creation of Jobs:                                                      199,000 employed directly and indirectly

Visitors Anticipated:                                                          Over 20 million people


Global Official Partners in the Expo Milano 2015 include: IntesaSanpaolo, Enel, Fiat, Telecom Italia, Accenture, Cisco, SamsungElectronics Italia, Selex EX.

Official Premium Partner includes: Coop.

Official Partners include: Illy, Came, Fiera Milano, Eutelsat.

For more information, please visit: http://en.expo2015.org/

[1]Source FAO, October 2012.

[2]Source: UNICEF, March 2012.

[3]Source FAO, October 2012.