The IOC is pleased to announce that the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) will be collaborating on the next World Olive Day, which will focus on the vital role of women in the olive sector. CIHEAM Secretary General Teodoro Miano and IOC Executive Director Abdellatif Ghedira met with their teams on 13 September 2023 to discuss the programme for what promises to be an exciting event.
This year, the IOC will be celebrating World Olive Day on Thursday 23 November at its headquarters in Madrid, as part of the 118th session of its Council of Members. On this occasion, women working in the olive oil sector and their fundamental role in the entire olive oil production chain and in the transmission of knowledge and know-how will be the protagonists of this event.
The IOC Executive Secretariat met several times over the summer with representatives of the main women’s associations active in the olive sector to draw up the programme for the ceremony, which will include tastings of typical dishes and olive oils from all over the world, an art competition devoted to the olive tree, the presentation of women’s videos and speeches by prominent figures.
World Olive Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) at its General Conference in 2019 and on the occasion of its 40th session. As this organisation points out, this thousand-year-old “universal tree” is not only essential for the lands where it is grown, but also for the communities of our shared planet as a whole.
We’ll be publishing more information on what promises to be an exciting day as soon as possible!