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Feeding the Planet, Energy for life: World Food Day at Expo Milan 2015

Since 1981, every 16th of October has been the day to remember that every woman, man or child has the right to nutritious and adequate food. According to FAO 795 million people in the world do not have enough food and live in hunger. As if that weren’t bad enough, if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.

This Year celebration took place at the Expo Milano, whose main theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for life”. The opening ceremony was attended by important leaders such as the Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the UN SG Ban Ki Moon and the three heads of the UN Rome based agencies. Ban Ki Moon received a symbolic document named the Milan Charter, which called on citizens, associations, businesses and institutions to assume a responsible role towards the achievement of the right to food for future generations to come.

Everyone can sign this document. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel; the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Nobel Prize Amartya Sen, all have signed. You can sign here. But beyond signing, we need to reflect. Donate to those who live in hunger. Stop wasting food. Make better and more nutritious choices that also respect the environment. As the UN Secretary General said during the ceremony “We made our promises. Now it is time for action”.

WFP Hunger Map
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Paulina Ceballos

Paulina helps Emerging with commercial market outreach, in particular with delegation coordination for trade missions. She is the lead event planner, coordinating the planning and onsite logistics of all sizes of events around the world. Paulina is also involved in Emerging’s online and offline communications, in particular content and community management, branding and marketing activities. Paulina has worked for many national and international media networks covering different events - not only in front of the microphone, but also as advertising sales consultant, media relations, marketing manager and host for official and public events. Her experience in Rome includes working in digital communications for the private sector and as press officer for the United Nations agency International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

A Mexican national, she is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Universidad Mexicana and a Laurea Magistrale in Journalism from the Università di Roma Tre. Paulina has been living in Europe for the past 7 years and is currently based in Rome, Italy.

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