The Second International Participation Meeting held in Milan
The second edition of the International Participants Meeting of Expo Milano 2015 opened on October 10, 2012 for three days in Milan, Italy.
The IPM is organized annually during the preparation of an Expo by the host country to provide the participating countries key information about this forthcoming event.
The organizer announced that 105 countries and international organizations have confirmed participation in Expo Milano 2015.
After Switzerland and Germany, the first two countries to sign the participation contract, another 13 countries have also sealed the deal with the organizers during the participation meeting.
The meeting is an opportunity to share information and discuss ideas among participants and discuss their involvement, theme development on “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and physical placement in the Expo Site.
The organizers delivered a “Theme Guide” to the delegations, which is the first time that an Expo organizer develops such a specific detailed document providing concrete guidance on the theme development.
The meeting started on Wednesday with the Flag Ceremony in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan city center and continued at the Milan University (Università degli Studi di Milano).
Roberto Formigoni, General Commissioner of Expo Milano 2015, Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and Manoj Juneja, Deputy Director-General of FAO attended the opening meeting.
The General Commissioner, Roberto Formigoni, said the next two years would be a period of “constant dialogue” whose arrival point will be a “final statement that will contain specific commitments we will propose to subscribe to all countries.”
Secretary General of BIE, Vicente Loscertales said that the success of an Expo is a shared responsibility between the organizers, the participants and the BIE. The Secretary General stressed his confidence of the event, and added "few events like an Expo can inject new life in the economy.”
Mayor of Milan and Special Commissioner of the Italian Government for Expo Milano 2015, Giuliano Pisapia, and the CEO of Expo 2015 Company, Giuseppe Sala, informed about the progress of the Expo project.
The second day of the meeting focused on the theme and visitor’s experience. Group discussions in the afternoon were dedicated to official and non-official participants separately.
The last day of IPM 2012 focused on the relation between participants and Expo Milano 2015. Delegations discussed technical issues related to their presence at the event with the organizers.
The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, addressed the public at the closing ceremony of the meeting. “The Expo 2015 is an exceptional opportunity for economic recovery. Certainly we will not be waiting passively for this opportunity,” said the Prime Minister.
Beyond the oﬃcial program of IPM 2012, Expo Milano 2015 promoted a calendar of side events organized before and after the event on issues such as water and eating healthy food.