162nd General Assembly of the BIE

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) held its 162nd General Assembly in Paris on 14-15 November 2017. Delegates representing the 170 Member States of the BIE attended the meeting.

The General Assembly featured reports by Organisers of past and upcoming Expos, as well as the formal recognition of Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere and the flag handing-over ceremony. The meeting was also an opportunity for the Triennale di Milano to develop on its plans for the 22nd edition of the exhibition, and for candidates for World Expo 2025 and Specialised Expo 2022/23 to present their bid projects to delegates. This was followed by the election of the host country for Specialised Expo 2022/23, and by elections for the Presidency of the BIE General Assembly as well as for its committees.

World Expos

Manal Albayat, the Senior Vice President of Expo 2020 Dubai, presented delegates with a progress report for the next World Expo. Following the second International Participants Meeting (IPM) in October 2017, Ms. Albayat informed delegates that 150 countries have already confirmed participation in the Expo. The Expo’s physical legacy project – District 2020 – was presented to the General Assembly, as well as updates of Organisers’ engagement programmes including Expo Live.

Manal Albayat, Senior Vice President of Expo 2020 Dubai 

Concerning the bidding process for the following World Expo, due to take place in 2025, France (Greater Paris), Japan (Osaka), Russia (Ekaterinburg) and Azerbaijan (Baku) each presented their bid projects. These presentations come after the submission of the bid dossiers, and before the Enquiry Missions, which will be carried out in early 2018.

Specialised Expos

Following the closing ceremony of Specialised Expo 2017 Astana on 10 September, Expo Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev and Chairman Akhmetzhan Yessimov presented delegates with an overview of the Expo and the impact it has had in Kazakhstan. Describing the Expo as “a lively page in the history of our country”, Mr. Yessimov thanked all participating countries, commissioners and the BIE for contributing to its success.

Expo 2017 Astana Commissioner, Rapil Zhoshybayev  

Regarding the next Specialised Expo, the three candidates (Poland, the United States and Argentina) gave their final presentation to delegates before Member States voted for the host country.

Horticultural Expos

Delegates were presented with a report from the Organisers of Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing, represented by the Commissioner General of the Expo, Wang Jinzhen, the Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Lu Yan, and the Deputy Secretary of the China Flower Association, Peng Hongming. Mr. Wang stated that “great strides” have been made in preparing the Expo site since the 161st General Assembly, and Mr. Lu told the General Assembly that the Expo will be a “platform allowing China and countries from across the world to engage in dialogue and pragmatic cooperation in the construction of ecological civilization.”

Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Lu Yan 

The General Assembly granted formal recognition to Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere, the next International Horticultural Exhibition to take place after Expo 2019 Beijing. The seventh Horticultural Expo to be organised in the Netherlands will take place between 28 April and 23 October 2022 under the theme “Growing Green Cities.” To mark this step, the Mayor of Almere, Franc Weerwind, and the General Director of Floriade Expo 2022, Jannewietske de Vries, received the BIE flag in the presence of the Ambassador of the Netherlands to France, H.E. Pieter de Gooijer.  

Delegation from the Netherlands receiving the BIE flag 

Triennale di Milano

Following a presentation at the 161st General Assembly, the Director General of the Triennale di Milano Andrea Cancellato informed delegates that the final theme chosen for the 22nd edition is “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”, and indicated that the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs has requested formal recognition by the BIE. The General Curator of the 22nd Triennale di Milano, Paola Antonelli, stated that the aim of the next edition would be to highlight design approaches that can “replenish our exchange with the natural context we were born in.”

General Curator of the 22nd Triennale di Milano, Paola Antonelli 

Elections

To determine the host country of Specialised Expo 2022/23, Member States voted in two rounds, via secret ballot, after hearing presentations from the three candidates. Argentina and Poland received 46 votes each in the first round, while the United States received 25 votes. In the second round, Argentina was elected host country of Specialised Expo 2023 with 62 votes compared to 56 for Poland.

 

Elections were also held to the Presidency of the General Assembly of the BIE, and to determine the composition of each of the BIE’s four Committees, as well as their respective chairpersons. Steen Christensen (Denmark) was re-elected as President of the General Assembly for a second two-year term. H.E. Jai-chul Choi (Republic of Korea) was re-elected Chairman of the Executive Committee, Alain Berger (France) was re-elected Chairman of the Rules Committee, and H.E. Albina Pereira Africano (Angola) was re-elected Chairwoman of the Administration and Budget Committee. H.E. Murat Ersavci (Turkey) was elected Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee, replacing outgoing Chairman H.E. Claude Cottalorda (Monaco).

Each term lasts for two years, and one Member State may serve up to two terms on the same Committee. The full list of the members of each Committee can be accessed here.

More news to follow on all presentations made at the 162nd General Assembly.

Argentina elected host country of Specialised Expo 2023

Member States of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) today elected Argentina as host country of Specialised Expo 2023.

 

After two rounds of voting during the BIE’s 162nd General Assembly, a majority of Member States voted for Argentina’s project to organise the next Specialised Expo in Buenos Aires under the theme “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence” between 15 January and 15 April 2023.

“This is an exciting moment for Argentina and marks the start of a fruitful and transformational journey for Buenos Aires”, declared the Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri Kerkentzes. He added: “the Expo project, based around the creative opportunities offered by the digital era, has captured the minds of the international community, and we now look forward to seeing it come to life over the next six years.”

Three countries were in the running to host the next Specialised Expo. Poland was bidding for a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź under the theme “City Re:Invented.” The United States was bidding for a Specialised Expo in Minnesota under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.”

Representatives of eligible and present Member States elected the host country in a secret ballot using electronic voting. As no candidate received the two-thirds majority required to win in the first round, Argentina and Poland moved into a second round, where a simple majority of votes cast is required.

First round results

Poland - 46

United States - 25

Argentina – 46

Abstentions – 1

Second round results

Poland – 56

Argentina – 62

Abstentions - 0

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 gathered 4 million visitors between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the theme “Future Energy.”

BIE General Assembly recognises Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

The 162nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has formally recognised Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere as an International Horticultural Exhibition

The formal recognition, approved by Member States of the BIE, was followed by the ceremonial handing of the BIE flag to Franc Weerwind, Mayor of Almere, and Jannewietske de Vries, General Director of Floriade Expo 2022, in the presence of the Ambassador of the Netherlands to France, Pieter de Gooijer.

Presenting the Expo project to delegates, the Mr. Weerwind indicated that “Floriade Expo 2022 will focus on the change from Garden City to Green City … we want to share ideas and develop innovations on a joint basis with regard to the liveable city of the future.”

The Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri Kerkentzes, commented: “Floriade Expo 2022 will be the seventh BIE-recognised Horticultural Expo in the Netherlands, a country that leads the way in promoting the green city concept. We now look forward to the Expo project coming to life as the Netherlands invites official participants.”

Floriade Expo 2022 will be held on a 60-hectare site in Almere, located within the Amsterdam metropolitan area in the Netherlands, between 28 April and 23 October 2022. It is being organised under the theme “Growing Green Cities”, with its four subthemes being Green, Food, Health and Energy. The Organisers of the Expo aim to address how the green city concept can be expressed and how urban challenges like feeding the city, improving the health of citizens, ensuring enough green space and reducing energy consumption will be tackled.

Starting with Floriade Expo 1960 in Rotterdam, the BIE has recognised 22 International Horticultural Exhibitions. The aim of Horticultural Expos is to promote and support a more harmonious relationship between people and nature. The gardens exhibited at these Expos reflect the cooperation, goodwill and commitment of the international community to protect, preserve and enhance the diversity and promises of nature.

The most recent Horticultural Expo gathered over 4.5 million visitors in Antalya, Turkey, in 2016. The next Horticultural Expo will take place in Beijing, China, between 29 April and 7 October 2019, under the theme “Live Green, Live Better.”

How Expos shape the future at the Dubai Government Best Practices Forum

The 2017 edition of the Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices opened today in the Dubai World Trade Center. Around 1,800 public sector and policy experts are gathered for the 7-8 November forum under the theme “An Inspirational Government Shapes the Future and Achieves Happiness.” 

The forum is taking place less than three years before the opening of World Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE, and features a keynote presentation by the Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes, on the subject of how Expos can shape the future.

 

In a speech entitled “Future in Minds: World Expos, Springboards for Progress,” Mr. Kerkentzes highlighted the benefits of organising an Expo for the host country, while also shedding light on the wider impact of an Expo’s legacy on achieving happiness for citizens.

During his presentation, the Deputy Secretary General emphasised the role that Expos play as catalysts for urban transformation and as platforms for cooperation and innovation. He drew on success stories from past Expos, including the recent example of Specialised Expo 2017 Astana, in order to illustrate the different ways that Expos contribute to policy goals and generate happiness among those involved in them and those who visit them.

He also expressed his belief that World Expo 2020 will be a transformational event for Dubai and for the UAE, stating that it will “contribute to reinforce Dubai as a place where ideas meet and where innovation, creativity and connections can bloom.”

The Government Best Practices Forum is an initiative of the Dubai Government Excellence Program. Now in its tenth year, it hosts international speakers and experts in government sectors to highlight the professional practices that have elevated the quality and efficiency of government work. The forum promotes values of institutional learning, self-development and the continuous improvement of employees and managers of government agencies in different disciplines. This ultimately contributes to long-term sustainability and success in government work.

Specialised Expo 2022/23 host country to be elected on 15 November

Three countries are in the running to host Specialised Expo 2022/23: Poland (in Łódź), the United States (in Minnesota) and Argentina (in Buenos Aires). The host country will be elected by the 170 Member States of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) during the organisation’s 162nd General Assembly, taking place in Paris on 15 November.

  • Poland’s bid is to organise a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022 under the theme “City Re:Invented.”

  • The United States’ bid is to organise a Specialised Expo in Bloomington, Minnesota, between 13 May and 13 August 2023 under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.”

  • Argentina’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Buenos Aires between 15 January and 15 April 2023 under the theme “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence.”

BIE Member States with the right to vote will decide on the host country by secret ballot at around 5pm (Paris time), following presentations by the three candidates.

In order to win in the first round of voting, the candidate must gather two-thirds of votes cast. If no candidate wins outright, the two candidates with the most votes will move into a second round, where the candidate with the majority of votes cast will win the right to host Specialised Expo 2022/23.

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 gathered 4 million visitors between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the theme “Future Energy.”

International Participants’ Meeting takes place in Dubai, three years before Expo 2020

The second International Participants’ Meeting (IPM) is underway in Dubai, a key step in the preparations for World Expo 2020. The three-day event will finish on 20 October, marking exactly three years until the Expo opens. More than 500 representatives from 179 countries are gathered to learn about the progress made and the next steps.

This meeting is the second of several IPMs to be organised annually in the years leading up to the opening of the World Expo. It enables representatives from Expo 2020 Dubai, members of the Government of the UAE, officials from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to exchange with representatives of countries and organisations that have confirmed participation or are interested in taking part in the Expo.

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, the Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation

Opening the meeting, H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, the Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, underlined recent achievements and detailed upcoming milestones in the planning calendar. This was followed by Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, who praised the pace of development and stated: “This stage of planning an Expo is a highly exciting one. It is essential for us all to put in the work today so that three years from now, we are ready to welcome the world.”

With the first countries having signed their participation contracts in recent weeks, Expo 2020 Dubai will take the opportunity to detail the next steps as the number of confirmed participants climbs. This coincides with the launch of innovative Participants’ Portal to boost coordination between the Organiser and the participants and to ensure that the planning and development of national pavilions goes ahead smoothly.

The possible locations of the future pavilions will be shown on an organised visit to the Expo site, where key infrastructures and thematic districts are taking shape. Underlining the importance of legacy to Expo 2020, the Organiser will also highlight its post-Expo plans for the site, which will be transformed into a sustainable residential, commercial and cultural neighbourhood dubbed “District 2020”.

This second IPM is also the opportunity for countries to learn more about Expo 2020’s marketing and communications activities, as well as key engagement programmes such as Expo Live and YouthConnect. Additionally, round table events will give attendees the chance to learn about opportunities offered by Expo 2020 Dubai and its partners.

Organised under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, Expo 2020 Dubai will take place between 20 October 2020 and 21 April 2021, and aims to gather 180 countries from across the world. Of the estimated 25 million visitors, 70% are expected to come from outside the UAE.

Russia, Japan, Azerbaijan and France submit bid dossiers for World Expo 2025

Russia (Ekaterinburg), Japan (Osaka), Azerbaijan (Baku) and France (Greater Paris) have submitted their bid dossiers for the organisation of World Expo 2025 to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The four candidates thus enter the project examination phase of the bidding process.

Bid dossiers are comprehensive documents detailing the Expo project. They are sent to delegates of all the BIE’s 170 Member States and outline the candidate’s vision for the Expo, including the site, the theme, and the planned intellectual and physical legacy. The bid dossiers also lay out projections on visitor numbers, financing and participation costs.

The contents of the bid dossiers will be used by representatives from the BIE’s Member States to evaluate the interest of each Expo project. This will serve as the basis, alongside the reports from the BIE Enquiry Missions and presentations from candidates, for each Member State’s decision when the Expo host is elected at the 164th General Assembly of the BIE in November 2018.

During the project examination phase, the BIE will examine each bid dossier before carrying out Enquiry Missions in early 2018 in order to evaluate the feasibility and viability of each Expo project.

The Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri Kerkentzes, stated: “Bid dossiers constitute the cornerstone of the World Expo projects. They provide the BIE and its Member States with an overall picture of the proposed event, from the planning of the site and its theme development through to the legacy phase, and form a detailed blueprint for the elected country to implement its plans.”

The Governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Evgeny Kuyvashev, submits the bid dossier to the Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes 

Russia’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Ekaterinburg between 2 May and 2 November 2025 under the theme “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations.”

The Ambassador of Japan to France, H.E. Masato Kitera, submits the bid dossier to the Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes

Japan’s bid is for a World Expo in Osaka between 3 May and 3 November 2025 under the theme “Designing Future Society For Our Lives.”

The Head of Azerbaijan’s delegation to the BIE and Assistant of the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elchin Amirbayov, submits the bid dossier to the Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes 

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

Interministerial Delegate Pascal Lamy submits France's bid dossier to the Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes 

France’s bid is for a World Expo in Greater Paris between 1 May and 31 October 2025 under the theme “Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for our Planet.”

Expo 2017 Astana ends on a high note

Specialised Expo 2017 Astana drew to a close last night, 10 September, following a three-month journey into the theme of “Future Energy.” Staged in the Republic of Kazakhstan’s young capital city, the first Expo in Central Asia concluded with an impressive closing ceremony led by Nursultan Nazerbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

“The Expo has been a success. This is one of Kazakhstan’s most brilliant achievements since its independence”, declared President Nazerbayev during the closing ceremony, which was attended by 18 heads of State and government, National Commissioners, BIE Officials, Expo staff and volunteers.

President Nazerbayev addresses the Closing Ceremony of Expo 2017 Astana

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales made a video address, declaring: “Expo 2017 Astana has united the world on its site and has inspired the international community, international participants, the private sector and civil society to renew their commitment to a sustainable future.” The Secretary General expressed his gratitude to President Nazarbayev as well as to the Organisers, Participants and volunteers for making the Expo such a success.

Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, addressing the closing ceremony

115 countries and 22 international organisations participated in Expo 2017, offering visitors a global picture of the challenges and opportunities raised by the “Future Energy” theme through educational, entertaining and immersive pavilions. Gathering policymakers, experts and business leaders through an array of events and meetings, the Expo has been a centre of discussion allowing global players to discuss the state of energy today and to shape the agenda for the future. The Future Energy Forum, a series of 12 conferences, was held within the framework of the Expo, resulting in the ‘Manifesto of Principles and Values’, a blueprint with lasting guidelines for a global energy transition.

With an average of over 50,000 visitors per day in its final weeks, four million visitors attended the Expo before its gates closed to the public on Sunday evening. Dozens of cultural events each day proved just as popular as the thematic and international pavilions, as visitors from all over Kazakhstan and further afield flocked in increasing numbers to the Expo site. Marked by a spectacular light and sound show as well as energy-themed performances, the closing ceremony was the last of over 3,000 cultural and thematic events held throughout the 93 days of the Expo. 

Centred around the 80-metre “Nur Alem” sphere, the Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill-designed Expo site spans 25 hectares, creating a brand new district of Kazakhstan’s capital city. The Nur Alem sphere will continue to be a popular attraction with its Museum of Future Energy, while the rest of the site will be host to business and research activities, including the newly created Astana International Financial Centre.

The next Specialised Expo will take place in either 2022/23, with the 170 Member States of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to elect the host country during its 162nd General Assembly on 15 November 2017. Three candidates are seeking to organise the next Specialised Expo: Poland (Łódź), the United States (Minneapolis) and Argentina (Buenos Aires).

Expo 2017 BIE-Cosmos Prize awarded to the National University of Lesotho

The Expo 2017 Astana edition of the BIE-Cosmos Prize has been awarded to the National University of Lesotho for its initiative to design and produce low-cost solar collectors.

Jointly awarded by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the Expo ’90 Foundation and Expo 2017 Astana, this year’s edition of the BIE Cosmos Prize was open to not-for-profit projects citizen and group initiatives working in the area of “Future Energy”, the theme of Expo 2017.

National University of Lesotho

Six projects from across the world were shortlisted to be showcased in the Energy Best Practices Area of Expo 2017 Astana, following a call for applications in February 2017. Receiving a grant of 20,000 euros, the winning project was announced within the framework of BIE Day, after being selected by an international jury.

The jury recognised the relevance of the project with regard to the “Future Energy” theme of Expo 2017 and its commitment to promote energy for all. Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, indicated that the winning project is “a concrete example of the core values of both Expo 2017 Astana and Expo ’90, to promote sustainability and environmental protection.” Mr. Shinya Kubota of the Expo ’90 Foundation stated: “the National University of Lesotho’s project fully embodies the harmonious coexistence of nature and mankind, the fundamental principle of the Expo ’90 Foundation.”

The winning project is an initiative of the Department of Physics and Electronics at the National University of Lesotho (NUL), which seeks to promote the local production of low-cost flat plate solar energy collector. These collectors use the sun’s energy to heat water for purification and cooking, thus improving living conditions in rural areas of Lesotho where there is limited access to clean water and energy. NUL’s initiative involves providing training about designing and producing solar collectors using locally available resources.

The BIE-Cosmos Prize is a collaboration between the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Expo ’90 Foundation, which commemorates the International Horticultural Expo 1990 in Osaka, Japan. At each World Expo and Specialised Expo since 2008, the BIE-Cosmos Prize has supported innovative and exemplary projects linked to the theme of the Expo. Each prize gives financial support to one project whose development constitutes a tangible part of each Expo’s grassroots legacy.

BIE Day Awards Ceremony: List of recipients announced

The BIE Day Awards Ceremony was held this evening, during which the recipients of the Expo 2017 Official Participant Awards were announced. Held on the eve of the closing of each Expo, the Awards Ceremony, which includes the attribution of BIE Medals and Certificates, celebrates all those who have made major contributions to the success of the event. 

An international jury composed of nine members visited each pavilion of the 115 countries and 22 international organisations participating in Expo 2017 Astana. Split into four different categories according to the size of the country’s participation, Official Participant Awards were granted either for Exhibition Design or for the development of the “Future Energy” theme.

A total of 24 gold, silver and bronze awards were handed out during the ceremony, which took place in the presence of the President of the General Assembly, Steen Christensen, and the Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri Kerkentzes.

List of Expo 2017 Official Participant Awards

Among Type A pavilions (more than 700m2), Russia received the Gold Award for Exhibition Design. The Silver Award went to the United Kingdom, and Bronze went to the Republic of Korea.

 

For Theme Development, the Gold Award for Type A pavilions went to Germany. Silver was awarded to China, and Bronze was awarded to France.

 

Among Type B pavilions (between 400m2 and 700m2), Qatar was granted the Gold Award for Exhibition Design, with Azerbaijan receiving Silver and Monaco receiving Bronze.

 

For Theme Development, the Gold Award for Type B pavilions was given to Switzerland, with Hungary receiving Silver and India receiving Bronze.

 

For Type C pavilions (less than 400m2), the Gold Award for Exhibition Design was granted to Poland, with Silver going to Slovakia and Latvia taking Bronze.

 

For Theme Development among Category C pavilions, Finland received the Gold Award. Silver and Bronze were awarded to Singapore and the Czech Republic, respectively.

 

Among Category D pavilions (joint pavilions within the “plazas”), the Caribbean Community Plaza received the Gold Award for Exhibition Design. The Pacific Ocean Plaza received the Silver Award, and the Bronze Award was given to the Latin America Plaza.

 

For Theme Development, Tajikistan won the Gold Award within Category D pavilions. Ghana and Ukraine won silver and bronze, respectively.

 

An Honorable Mention was given to the International Organisation Joint Pavilion.

 

BIE Medals and Certificates

At the end of each Expo, the BIE awards medals and certificates of merit to organisations and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the Expo.

The Gold Medal, the BIE’s highest honour, was awarded to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazerbayev in recognition of his personal engagement in bringing Expo 2017 to Astana and making it such a success. The award was accepted on his behalf by Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 NC Akhmetzan Yessimov. A Gold Medal was also given to the International Participants of Expo 2017 for their collective support and their spirit of cooperation and partnership. The award was received by Romas Jankauskas, Chairperson of the College of Commissioners and Steering Committee, Commissioner of Lithuania. 

The Astana Expo 2017 National Company, the organiser of the Expo, was awarded a BIE Medal of Honour in recognition of the dedication of its entire organising team in planning and executing the event, with Chairman Akhmetzan Yessimov receiving the award. The second Medal of Honour was awarded to the City of Astana for integrating the Expo into its strategic vision and day-to-day life, with Mayor Adilbek Zhaksybekov receiving the award. The third Medal of Honour was awarded to the Commissioner of Expo 2017, Rapil Zhoshybayev, for putting together a truly international Expo.

Certificates of Merit were awarded by the BIE to Expo 2017 Volunteers in recognition of their essential support to Organisers, Participants and visitors. The second Certificate was awarded to the Press and Media who covered Expo 2017, recognising their role in promoting and communicating the Expo.