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Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Baku between 10 May and 10 November 2025 under the theme “Developing human capital, building a better future”.

All information is provided by the candidate.

  • 1. Proposed Theme

    The theme – “Human Capital” – is of universal concern.

    “Human Capital” represents the collective potential of humanity. It is the sum of our creativity and knowledge, our talent and experience, our ingenuity and promise.

    Azerbaijan’s project for Expo 2025 Baku is an exploration of how human ability, in all its forms, can be best applied across all aspects of society for the benefit of everyone.

    New technology is always celebrated at World Expos. Not as an end in itself, but as a tool for human development. Without investing in human capital – through training and education, exchange and cooperation – the impact of this new knowledge is limited.

    Human capital is a catalyst for progress. It is crucial for the productivity and wellbeing of society. It matters on a global scale, driving growth. It matters on a national level, creating economic value in both developing and developed countries. And it matters to the individual, bringing personal fulfilment and satisfaction. People matter.

    Dialogue, collaboration and partnerships are crucial for the development of human capital, and this is where the World Expo platform excels. There is much to discuss around the theme of human capital. Questions such as:

    How do we empower people of all ages, genders and walks of life to make full use of their talent? How do we nurture this constantly renewable source of creativity and innovation? How do we become the best we can be? And how can we be better together?

    This is the hope and the dream behind the theme for Expo 2025 Baku.

  • 2. Proposed Site

    The project for Expo 2025 Baku is to construct a site 27 kilometres east of the city centre, towards the tip of the Absheron Peninsula and close to the international airport. 250 hectares of land, set between two growing suburbs of Baku, would be transformed to become a major extension of the city, fully integrated into its transport infrastructure.

    The site sits beside 330 hectares of landscaped parkland, developed in 2015, with a championship golf course and a new residential community. Close by is the Gala cultural reserve, which spans more than 80 hectares and contains hundreds of archaeological and architectural monuments. The surrounding area also boasts a sports complex, as well as a pioneering and environmentally responsible greenhouse industry.

    The project of Azerbaijan is for the Expo site to live on as a lasting legacy for Baku and its people, providing affordable housing and world-class amenities in an iconic setting.

  • 3. About Baku

    Baku, the largest city in the Caucasus and capital of Azerbaijan, sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea, at the crossroads of continents and civilisations. The city is a commercial, political and cultural bridge between east and west, north and south where people have been living inclusively for centuries.

    Eclectic architecture – combining historical heritage of the East and West with iconic contemporary buildings – makes Baku one of the most beautiful cities in the world. International hotels, exclusive shopping and excellent restaurants make it an attractive destination.

    Baku is now established as a key city on the world stage. Open and tolerant, it is a global centre for intercultural dialogue and cooperation, regularly bringing together political, cultural and religious leaders from around the world. Baku is also the host of landmark international events such as the Eurovision Song Contest, the inaugural European Games, the Islamic Solidarity Games, Formula 1 and UEFA Euro 2020.

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