Milan, 29th October: The Near Future
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19-10-2022 | di COOPI

Milan, 29th October: The Near Future

On Saturday 29 October 2022, there will be a panel discussion open to the public and streamed online entitled 'The Near Future: International Cooperation in Times of Global Crises'. The debate will revolve around the combined effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and conflicts, the energy crisis and climate change, as well as food security and poverty in Italy and around the world.

The event will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and it will be possible to attend in person at the Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61, Milan, in Sala Manzoni, or via live streaming in Italian, French, English and Spanish on the Youtube channel 'COOPI Live'. Participation is free but for both modalities compulsory registration is required, by sending an email to by 28 October.

After the greetings of our President Claudio Ceravolo, the following speakers will take part in the panel discussion

  • Luca De Fraia, Deputy Secretary General of ActionAid Italy, expert in Official Development Assistance;
  • Stefano Corsi, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Milan, expert on sustainable food systems in Africa;
  • Marco Zupi (live from Rome), scientific director of CeSPI - Centre for Politics and International Studies.

Journalist Elio Silva, former Editor in Chief of Il Sole 24 Ore, will moderate;

In addition to the guests, COOPI's top management and members, coordinators, managers and co-operators will be present to take stock in in-depth discussions and working groups. There are about 60 people from Italy and 50 from 25 other countries (Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia).

"The Near Future" as the closeness of COOPI to local communities in responding to crises, as the immediacy of reaction to the increasingly rapid succession of events, and as the new strategy of COOPI, whose projects in 33 countries, including Italy, support 6 million people. "The Near Future" calls us to a new mental approach: it asks us to be increasingly ready and able to read the changes taking place and to adapt to them, formulating equally rapid and, no less importantly, appropriate responses. It also asks us to make an effort: to express a common thought and a thought about the future, however difficult and arduous this may be.