HORTICULTURE FOR PEOPLE
It is my great honour to convey to you, on behalf of His Excellency, the President of the Portuguese Republic, Mr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, his warm regards and best wishes for a most fruitful Congress and a pleasant stay among us. Additionally, I would like to voice my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Norman E. Looney, Former President of the International Society for Horticultural Science, for his challenging invitation to open this 28th International Horticultural Congress. Let me confess that initially I was quite puzzled by the demanding task ahead and I seriously considered declining it. But thanks to the persuasiveness of your peer and my old and dear friend, Professor Carlos Portas, I eventually decided to take this opportunity as a kind of good risk as people in the world of finance used say. I would like to share with you some thoughts on the topical issue of Horticulture for People that you will address during this Congress and offer you a United Nations perspective on it. Let me divide my thoughts in two parts, firstly, The Millennium Development Goalsthe UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, and secondly, the place of Horticultural Science at a Critical Juncture in Terms of a New Civilizationing Paradigm or of a New Humanism.
Sampaio, J. (2011). HORTICULTURE FOR PEOPLE. Acta Hortic. 916, 15-17