After controversies, protests, delays in construction, rigged tenders, finally today Expo Gate will open its gates, the immense glass-and-steel structure that allow access to Expo Milan 2015 universal exposition, that Italy will be hosting today and for the next six months. Milan will be converted into a world showcase of countries which will have the opportunity to exhibit the best of their technologies to ensure safe, healthy food and sufficient quanitities for the entire world’s population.
More than 140 participating countries will have at their disposal 1.1 million square meters and there are over 20 million visitors. In addition, during the entire Expo, the city of Milan and the exhibition area will be animated by musical events, artistic performances, conferences, workshops and exhibitions.
“Feeding the planet, energy for life”. This is the central theme of the event and also represents an opportunity to reflect on the fact that in our world there are still those who die from starvation, about 870 million people undernourished in the period 2010-2012, while the so-called “developed world” there are those who die- about 2.8 million for diseases related to obesity and overweight.
Universal exposures are managed by the Bureau International des Expositions, Bie, an intergovernmental international organisation founded in 1928 by the Paris Convention. Thanks to this institution, the objectives of the exposures have been well-defined, the selection is regulated from the selection, timetable and organisation of the event. The Bie is composed of 168 member states represented by one or more delegates.
During the morning, the Expo will be greeted by a video message from Pope Francis, but already in the evening yesterday, a concert was held that featured the tenor Andrea Bocelli on the opening night.