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22 JULY 2021, Naples
Environment, Energy and Climate

De Felice Foundation
Palazzo Donn’Anna, Naples

On the occasion of the Ministers’ Meeting on the Environment, Energy, and Climate, under the G20 framework, Future Food Institute is organising a dense agenda of official side events, recognised by ALL4CLIMATE ITALY of the Italian Minister for Ecological Transition.

The Environment, Climate, and Energy Ministerial Meeting will be held in Naples on the 22nd and 23rd of July 2021. It will be chaired by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, and the Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti.

Under the Food For Earth framework, the Future Food Institute, together with Città della Scienza, is proposing a series of events to promote sustainable development worldwide, and to demonstrate the commitment to protect the environment and minimise risks to climate, human health, and biodiversity. Industrial development has been built upon cheap and abundant energy from burning fossil fuels. The resulting release of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere has led to measurable changes to the Earth’s climate. Science can help us to understand these trends, what drives them, and how they might affect us in the future. Science can also uncover and develop solutions, from reducing our impact on the environment to making societies more resilient to changes.

This initiative is framed in the context of Food For Earth, a long-term project organised by the Future Food Institute and FAO, in the framework of a collaboration that aims to accelerate the ecological transition of global agri-food systems, empowering and connecting changemakers, scientists, innovators, industries, the broader society, and policymakers. This Food for Earth G20 Edition wants to  ensure that world leaders listen not only to voices representing government, business sectors, youth, women, civil society, and science, but also to the proposals and demands of those responsible for “Feeding the Planet,” feeders, farmers, and food producers, because the “great challenge of our era is to succeed in protecting our planet, by feeding humans in a healthy way and by taking care of the ecosystem that is hosting us.

To secure the foundations for future prosperity and also to reduce the risks of future pandemics, the G20 must take the lead in forging a coordinated action agenda that can deliver a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food future for humanity.

Our mission is to foster exponential positive change to sustainably improve life on Earth through education and innovation in global food systems. Future Food is an inclusive network and inspiring platform that is sparking exponential positive change in the global food system, in an entrepreneurial way. FFI is glad to organise this official side event that will focus on the themes of environment, energy, and climate and the nexus with the agrifood sector.


Our initiative includes the organisation of three main events on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of July in Naples and Pollica. We decided to dedicate each day to a topic of the Ministerial Meeting on the Environment, Energy and Climate.

On the morning of the 22nd we will be hosted by Fondanzione Felice at Donn’Anna Palace (Naples) where we will investigate the complex relationships between food and Environment, through the panels “Food for Earth” and “Science for Earth”.

On the second day, we will direct our conversation towards the last topic of the G20 Ministerial Meeting, Climate and Energy, as well as on the the three pillars of the G20 as a whole: People, Planet and Prosperity. We will do so from Pollica, a UNESCO Emblematic Community of the Mediterranean Diet, within the Center for Mediterranean Studies “Angelo Vassallo”.

The third and final day will be devoted to a dialogue with the local community and institutions about the Mediterranean as a model for sustainable lifestyles.

Below you will find a more detailed agenda of our three-day initiative.

09.00 AM – Naples
Fondazione De Felice, Palazzo
Donn’Anna, Napoli
Food and Climate

9.30 AM – Opening and Institutional Welcome
● Sara Roversi, President Future Food Institute
● Riccardo Villari, President Fondazione IDIS – Città della Scienza
● Marina Colonna, President Fondazione De Felice
● Sabato D’Auria, Director of the CNR Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Science

10.00 AM – Panel: Food For Earth
● Sara Roversi, President of Future Food Institute
● Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human
● Riccardo Valentini, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Tuscia
● Grammenos Mastrojeni, General Secretary, Union for the Mediterranean
● Simona Caselli, President of Areflh
● Angelo Riccaboni, President PRIMA Foundation
● Danielle Gould, Food Tech Connect

11.00 AM – Panel: Science For Earth
● Matteo Vignoli, University of Bologna, co-founder Future Food Institute
● Luigi Nicolais, Coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee of Fondazione IDIS – Città
della Scienza
● Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, President of the General Council of Univerde Foundation
● Marta Antonelli, Researcher at Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (online)
● Federica Rossi, Steering Committee of the Accademia dei Georgofili (online)
● Giorgio Matteucci, Director of CNR Institute of Bioeconomy (online)
● Mauro Centritto Director of CNR Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (online)
● Antonello Pasini, Senior Researcher of CNR Institute on Atmospheric Pollution Research
● Francesco Loreto, Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Naples Federico II (online)

12.00 AM Closing Remarks
● Sara Roversi, President of Future Food Institute
● Pio Wennubst, Bites of Transfoodmation Ambassador, Permanent Representative. Permanent
Mission of Switzerland to FAO/IFAD/WFP

This event will be held in English.

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