At the start of every month, the Global Observatory posts a list of key upcoming meetings and events that have implications for global affairs.

May 1: 2015 World Fair on food security begins, Milan

The 2015 Expo Milano, this year’s universal exposition on the topic of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” will open in Milan, Italy on May 1. The international event will run until October 31, 2015 and will see over 140 countries showcasing their technological achievements in terms of food security, nutrition, and sustainability. The first exposition was held in London in 1851, and every edition has explored different topics with global relevance. The next edition will take place in 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan on the topic of “Energy of the Future.”

May 2: US Secretary of State travels to Sri Lanka for first time since 2004, Colombo

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka to meet the country’s new president, Maithripala Sirisenahe—the first such trip in 11 years. The two countries have seen strained relations in recent years, as the Obama administration maintained the international focus on Sri Lanka’s accountability for alleged war crimes during the 1983-2009 civil war and Sirisena’s authoritarian predecessor sought closer ties with Beijing. During the visit, Mr. Kerry is expected to praise Sri Lanka’s recent election as well as raise human rights concerns.

May 2: Cyprus peace talks resume, Nicosia

Peace talks between Cyprus’ Greek and Turkish communities will resume on May 2, after the island’s Greek leaders unveiled a new proposal to boost inter-communal trust on April 28. The talks will be the first time leaders have met after the process stalled last October. Measures such as the handover of maps detailing the location of 28 mine fields the Greek Cypriot military laid before the 1974 war are expected to build confidence between the two parties, as is the transfer of control over Turkish places of worship to Turkish Cypriot authorities. The UN has had a peacekeeping and negotiating presence on the island since 1964. Read more