Paris, food culture: social inclusion, sustainable development and cultural identity
For the first time, thanks to Italy, the food – as an expression of the cultural identity of world’s nations, a fundamental element of sustainable development and social cohesion – has drawn the attention of UNESCO and its 195 member states. Italian Delegation to UNESCO, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in the context of the Italian Year of Food 2018 and in the light of the legacy of Expo Milan 2015 (Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life), has organized an event to enhance the link between food, culinary art, landscapes, territories, heritage and cultural identity of the populations of which they are expression. The meeting took place in the headquarter of UNESCO in Paris. Even this time Italian culture and eno-gastronomic tradition have become the protagonists of the food sector that is setting standards to many countries related to the choices on sustainable development and biodiversity policies, in line with the sustainable development objectives of the UN Agenda 2030. The meeting brought together renowned professionals and Government representatives among whom, Livia Pomodoro, the President of the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy and owner of the first UNESCO chair dedicated to the right to food at the University of Milan.