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On the 16th of July, 2007, the Ministers of Agriculture of Spain, Greece, Italy and France announced to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU, their initiative to highlight the values of the Mediterranean Diet and thus, their intention to request the inclusion of the Mediterranean Diet on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
In the meantime, the Mediterranean Diet through its multifunctional connection with sustainable agriculture, environment, public health and nutrition, culture and tradition, was an issue for discussion and consideration at various national, European and international fora.
In 2008, four countries, namely Greece, Italy, Morocco and Spain submitted the transnational nomination file to UNESCO.
The 5th Session of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee assessed the request and on November 16, 2010, decided to include the Mediterranean Diet in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and declared Koroni (on behalf of Greece), Cilento (on behalf of Italy), Chefchaouen (on behalf of Morocco) and Soria (on behalf of Spain) as Emblematic Communities.
The Mediterranean diet is widely considered as a healthy dietary pattern and a greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet has been associated with significant improvements in health and nutritional status. It has also been recognized as a sustainable diet because of its lower environmental impact.
The Conference “Mediterranean Diet: Health, Wellbeing and Tourism” is organized by the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (www.cieo.pt) in partnership with the Chaire Unesco "Alimentations du Monde" (www.chaireunesco-adm.com) as a cooperative action between the University of Algarve and the Institute Nationale de Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier.
In accordance with the decision made in Cyprus in 2014 during the Fourth Intergovernmental Meeting, Italy was assigned the one-year role of coordinating all the valorization and promotion activities related to the Mediterranean Diet, as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, realized by the seven Countries (Spain, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Portugal and Italy) that are included in the element safeguard and promotion network.
1º Premio: Sebastián Bellón López
2º Premio: Juan Manuel Maroto
3º Premio: David Ortega Gil