UNESCO to EXPO 2015. Inauguration of ‘Behind Food Sustainability’ exhibition

On 5 May 2015 at 6 pm, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe will inaugurate 'Behind Food Sustainability' at its premises at Palazzo Zorzi in Venice (Italy). The exhibition, conceived in the context of EXPO 2015, is part of a broad programme of initiatives that will cover many aspects of sustainable development.

'Behind Food Sustainability' seeks to encourage visitors to explore the relationship between territories, food and communities and their natural and cultural diversity, asking how this relationship affects the planet's ability to produce and consume food sustainably.

The exhibition includes five main thematic areas, each focusing on a particular sustainability challenge: Managing Water; Looking after the Land; Balancing the Food Economy; Protecting Diversity; Fostering Participation. Each of these themes is illustrated through examples from UNESCO's networks – World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves and Elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – which can yield valuable lessons for the future.

The exhibition includes multimedia information points, and a dedicated web page offers a wider selection of experiences from UNESCO networks around the world. A video on the same topics will be shown at the exhibition in Venice, online and at EXPO 2015’s Biodiversity Area in Milan.

The exhibition, organized thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will be open to the public at Palazzo Zorzi, UNESCO’s premises in Venice, Castello 4930, from 6 May to 31 October 2015, Tuesday to Sunday at: 10 am – 1 pm, 2 pm -5.30 pm.

Thanks to partnerships, the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo and the Italian Ministry for the Environment and the Protection of Land and Sea among others, the exhibition will also be shown in other sites in the Veneto and around Italy: the Padua Botanical Garden, the Biosphere Reserves of Po’ Delta, Alpi di Ledro-Giudicarie, Circeo and Sila, as well as the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano Park.

The broad set of activities organized by UNESCO as part of the Venice to EXPO 2015 programme includes:

Water worlds: the “Exploring the Venice Lagoon” multimedia installation organized in cooperation with the Comune di Venezia and the Centro Internazionale Civiltà dell’Acqua, on show at Palazzo Zorzi; and, an international conference on “Waterscapes and Historic Canals as a Cultural Heritage”, which will take place in Venice at the ‘Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti’ on 14-15 May 2015.

Children’s EXPO, organized in cooperation with Gruppo Alcuni and RAI Fiction, it includes the water-themed Treasure Hunt in Venice, the Parco degli Alberi Parlanti in Treviso and the Young Leonardo cartoons that will be shown both in Treviso and at EXPO in Milan.