Since the Mediterranean Diet’s nomination to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage program, the emblematic communities have initiated and maintained a close collaboration guided by a series of meetings to safeguard and promote the Mediterranean diet. The first of these was held on March 31, 2010 in Chefchaouen, Morocco directly preceding the official consignment of the dossier in Paris and its evaluation by the Subsidiary Body.
In February of 2011, in Cilento, Italy, the emblematic communities convened for their second summit. Here the strategies, activities and initiatives were outlined to ensure that the Diet is safeguarded and preserved within Mediterranean countries and beyond, greatly benefiting (economically and otherwise) the products and traditions of these communities. Additionally, the communities identified a Mediterranean Diet Study Center in Pollica as a place of research and hospitality.
The third international summit of the four emblematic communities of the Mediterranean Diet took place in Koroni, Greece, in June 2011, followed by a fourth, also in Greece, in Athens, in August 2012.
The fifth international meeting is held in Athens in April 2015, in which the activities of cooperation between States and communities are deepened.
In September 2015, during the EXPO Milano 2015, at which a whole week of festivities was dedicated to the Mediterranean Diet. On the sidelines of the meeting the Charter of values of the Mediterranean Diet was launched and the dietamedunesco.it website. In addition, in the same year, the decision to formalize the establishment of a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (Gect), which brings together the emblematic communities in a single structure for the design of future actions and strategies for enhancing the Mediterranean Diet.
The sixth international meeting was held in Italy, in Naples, in March 2016, with the presentation of the draft of the white paper on the Mediterranean diet.
The seventh international meeting took place in Tavira, Portugal, in September 2017, during which the results of the scientific meeting held in March of the same year at the University of Algarve were examined.
The eighth intergovernmental meeting was held in Croatia, in Stari Grad, near the island of Hvar, in June 2018. In addition to the reciprocal updating of delegations on safeguard measures undertaken at national level, the network of Mediterranean Diet museums was set up in the margins of this meeting.