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Specialised Expo 2022/23

Three countries are candidates to host Specialised Expo 2022/23: the Republic of Poland (in Łódź), the United States of America (in Minnesota) and the Republic of Argentina (in Buenos Aires). The 170 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country at the 162nd General Assembly in November 2017.


Specialised Expos, known officially as International Recognised Exhibitions, can be organised in the interval between two World Expos, and are designed to respond to a precise challenge facing humanity. The most recent Specialised Expo took place between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the theme “Future Energy”.


Candidature 2022/23


1. Proposed Theme

One of the top priorities on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” The objective of the WHO is “the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health”.

Surprisingly, no Specialised Expo has ever been organised on the theme of Health and Wellness so far and the USA’s project for Expo 2023 Minnesota aims to be in a position to draw the attention of the planet on the new phenomenal perspectives opening for human life.

The theme is met with a general expectation in both the industrialised and developing worlds. It will educate the public, create partnerships, and call for more research and development on a global basis. 

There is no better place than Minnesota to welcome an Expo focusing on Health and Wellness. First, because Minnesota is one of the healthiest States in the United States and more importantly, because it is home to the top U.S. hospital (Mayo Clinic), the world’s largest medical device company (Medtronic), the global company 3M, which provides medical products that help prevent infection and promote healing, and one of the largest and most innovative human, animal and ecological health research institutions in the world, the University of Minnesota.

The project for Expo 2023 is to provide an on-going forum – from 2018 to 2023 - to promote global information sharing on cost-effective best practices to ensure wellness and well-being for all.

Besides science and education, Minnesota’s project for Expo 2023 is also to offer exciting entertainment related to the theme.

2. Proposed Site

In its candidature project, the United States plans to organise Expo 2023 in Minneapolis, near the geographical centre of the metropolitan region. Historically, the site was used for grain storage and rail yards. The Mississippi River flows just one kilometre from the proposed site for Expo 2023. Currently, the site has unused remnants of rail lines, unused grain silos as well as active academic facilities. 

This site is extensively connected to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul regional public transit system with several light rail stops and four major public bus lines located along the proposed Expo 2023 site. This public transit system received the 2016 Best American Transit System award and forms the backbone for connectivity to airports, rail stations, museums, concert halls, theatres, the Mall of America, sport stadiums and other attractions for both local and international visitors.

Over 90 percent of the proposed Expo 2023 site is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, near the historic neighbourhood of Prospect Park. Community-based initiatives currently guide adjacent development and strongly reinforce the proposed Expo’s themes of health and wellness. The University of Minnesota, one of the largest research universities in the United States, provides important opportunities for alignment and synergy with the proposed Expo, such as concurrent healthcare-related professional conferences and events. The site will be a net zero energy and a net zero waste district with highly integrated bicycle accessibility that will advance the health, sustainability and wellness for event participants. A prominently located national pavilion will be converted after the Expo into a signature legacy medical technology museum. In addition to the site that has been proposed, there are two alternative sites which fit the requirements in terms of location, size, access to facilities and amenities.


Minnesota, USA

The United States of America's bid is for a Specialised Expo in Minnesota between 13 May and 13 August 2023 under the theme "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well-Being for All".

All information is provided by the candidate.

3. About Minnesota

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is positioned to lead the world in solving its most important challenges. With more than 3.5 million residents, it is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live, for safety, for parks, for live theatre, for cleanliness, for working women, for fitness and for many other categories.

It has one of the United States’ lowest unemployment rates and highest rates for literacy and graduation. It is home to the University of Minnesota with 50,000 students, 25 past Nobel Prize recipients, and 7,000 international students from 135 countries.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul has more Fortune 500 companies per capita and second most live theatre seats per capita in the United States. It is a banking, insurance, transportation and high technology hub for the U.S. It has a nationally renowned park and recreational system with more than 55,000 hectares of parkland and 950 lakes within the metro area.