Luxembourg day at Milan world fair
(CS) With Luxembourg not represented with a pavilion at this year's world fair in Milan, the Grand Duchy hosted a special day dedicated to the country on Wednesday.
A delegation visited Expo Milano 2015, with Luxembourg hosting an event together with the local chapter of NGO Doctors Without Borders at the Belgian pavilion. The event formed part of Luxembourg's EU presidency calendar.
“Médecins Sans Frontières” Luxembourg presented an exhibition on the effects of malnutrition, as well as a round-table discussion on the topic. The Grand Duchy's Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Romain Schneider was also on site to join the talk.
Schneider emphasised the importance of food safety programmes and agricultural development as part of an holistic approach also involving access to water, hygiene, health services, social protection and education.
The Luxembourg delegation also visited the Italian pavilion and the European Union's representation on site, as well as some of the country's cooperation partners.
Expo Milano opened its doors on May 1 this year and continues until the end of October, with some 130 countries, businesses, organisations and civil society actors represented.
The world fair's motto is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and aims to show ways to build a more sustainable future.
Around 20 million visitors are expected to visit the fair.
Luxembourg was last represented at a world fair at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Designed by Hermann & Valentiny the pavilion paid tribute to the Grand Duchy's steel industry. As an additional attraction, the “Gëlle Fra” statue was temporarily removed from its Luxembourg site and displayed in Shanghai.
The Luxembourg pavilion was one of only six to be preserved after the end of Expo 2010 and forms part of a centre of exchange between Europe and China.