In 1961, the International Labour Exhibition “People at work” was held in Turin to celebrate the first one hundred years of the unification of Italy. The City of Turin was chosen for this major event, known as Italia ’61, as it was the first capital city of Italy following unification as well as the industrial heart of the country.
The exhibition was held in the Pavilions that now host the Turin Centre, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
The Pavilions were laid out in the shape of the Italian peninsula, to offer visitors a relaxing walk from Trentino to Sicily, each hosting an exhibition showcasing the produce, culture and lifestyle specific to the region represented and surrounded by native trees and shrubs.
The campus is now populated by more than 600 trees of 52 different species. Some of them were planted for the Italia ‘61 event and many others have been planted over the years by the Centre.
The Turin Centre has created a Tree Trail to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Covenant between the ILO and the City of Turin on 29 July,1964.