International Development Law Organization

Realizing the Right to Food

Realizing the Right to Food: Legal Strategies and Approaches

A panel discussion organized by IDLO and Milan Centre for Food Law and Policy


3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (registration from 2:30pm)

Milan Expo - Angola Pavilion 


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The right to food is a universal human right that is realized when all people have access to adequate food or the means for its procurement. While much progress has been achieved in reducing poverty since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ensuring food security – a precondition for the full enjoyment of the right to food – remains a significant challenge worldwide. Ending hunger and achieving food security will play a prominent role in the post-2015 development agenda as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The right to food creates legal obligations for States to overcome hunger and promote food security, at all levels. However, despite the increasing recognition of the importance of the right to food in efforts to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development, it is often difficult to translate international commitments into action on the ground, even where national laws are in place.


Bringing together leading voices of the international community, and benefiting from the unique context of Expo Milan 2015, this event will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies and approaches to advance the realization of the right to food and achieve food security, in the context of the SDGs.



Welcome Remarks

  • Albina Assis Pereira Africano, Commissioner General, Angola Pavilion

Launch: IDLO study on “Realizing the Right to Food”

  • Moderator: Fabiano de Andrade Correa, IDLO

  • H.E. Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

  • Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO

The Brazilian Experience of Realizing the Right to Food

  • Milton Rondò Filho, Coordinator-General of International Actions in the Fight Against Hunger, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil

Italy and the Legacy of Expo Milan 2015

  • Livia Pomodoro, President, Milan Center for Food Law and Policy

Keynote Speech

  • H.E. Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Discussion and Q&A with the audience

Closing Remarks

  • Min. Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies, Italy 



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