Italy’s National Day at EXPO 2015.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
How do you make a diplomatic reception with zero carbon dioxide emissions for twelve hundred people? This is exactly what the Italian Embassy in Israel did, with the assistance of KKL-JNF, for Italy’s National Day, which is being celebrated at EXPO 2015 in Milan. In response to the challenge, KKL-JNF made a commitment to plant 120 trees to counteract the carbon emissions caused by the event. KKL-JNF experts calculated the quantity of trees that would have to be planted correlating to the number of guests.
“Israel and Italy are natural exponential partners, who are building a better future for their countries and the rest of the world,” said the Italian Ambassador to Israel, HE Francesco Maria Talo. “EXPO 2015 in Milan is the place to be this year. Twenty million people are expected to attend the exhibition, and many of them will be very impressed by Israel's marvelous pavilion.”
The theme of the international exhibition this time around is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. “It seems as though this topic was custom made for Israel,” said Ambassador Talo, “Because, thanks to the innovative spirit of its people, Israel has amassed great expertise in these fields.”
The guests at the reception, among them many representatives of embassies from different countries and KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, enjoyed a traditional Italian folk dance performance, a showcase of Italian products and, of course, the excellent Italian food. The evening was emceed by food journalist Michal Ansky, who is well known for her great affection for Italy.
Representing the government of Israel at the event was Minister of Housing and Construction Yoav Galant. “The people of Italy and of Israel share the values of democracy and liberty, and a common history from ancient times to the present,” said Minister Galant.
The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, sent greetings by video. He congratulated Italy on its National Day and said, “Italy and Israel cooperate in many fields, and we are proud to be participating in such a special event this year, the EXPO in Milan.”
The General Director of EXPO 2015, Giuseppe Sala, took part in the event by video conference from Milan and invited all the guests to attend the exhibition. “You have to be here in order to see the remarkable success of the EXPO, for Italy and also for Israel,” said Sala.
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