Applications open for BIE-Cosmos Prize on Future Energy

Applications are now open for the 2017 edition of the BIE-Cosmos Prize, organised in partnership with Expo 2017 Astana. The prize rewards not-for-profit projects from citizens and groups working in fields relating to the theme of the Expo – “Future Energy”.

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BIE-Cosmos Prize 2017 - Future Energy

The prize is open to any not-for-profit project by a citizen or a group that contributes to sustainable energy development, universal access to clean energy, energy security and efficiency, responsible consumption, renewable energy sources, etc. as illustrated by the theme of Expo 2017 Astana “Future Energy”, or which demonstrates a strong potential to do so.

Applications for eligible projects may be submitted by completing the application form, in English or in French, before 20 April 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be selected to present their work and achievements at Expo 2017 Astana. Before the end of the Expo, the winning project will be chosen by a jury, receiving a donation of 20,000 euros.

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 been awarded to projects linked to the theme of the Expo to encourage citizen participation. Each prize gives financial support to one project whose development is considered part of an Expo’s grassroots legacy.

At World Expo 2015 in Milan, which was organised under the theme “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life”, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the “Nutritious Diet and Sustainable future for Haiti’s Children” project, submitted by non-governmental organisation CESAL.

Expo 2017 is a Specialised Expo being organised in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September. Set to gather over 110 international participants, the Expo is being organised under the theme “Future Energy”, with three subthemes - “Reducing CO2 Emissions”, “Living Energy Efficiency”, and “Energy for All”.

Łódź (Poland), Minneapolis (United States) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) submit bid dossiers for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Łódź (Poland), Minneapolis (United States) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) have submitted their bid dossiers for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23 to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The three 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 BIE 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 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 Mission and presentations from candidates, for each Member State’s decision when the Expo host is elected at the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE in November 2017.

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

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that each bid dossier will be carefully examined by the BIE ahead of the Enquiry Missions. Mr. Loscertales added: “the development of the theme is particularly important in the framework of a Specialised Expo bid. It constitutes the essence of the Expo, bringing global attention to a precise challenge facing humanity.”

Poland: Mr. Paweł Lewandowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland and Ms. Hanna Zdanowska, the Mayor of the City of Łódź, with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

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

United States of America: Mr. David A. Loehr, Principal, HGA Architects and Engineers with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

The United States’ bid is for a Specialised Expo in Minneapolis between 15 May and 15 August 2023 under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.” The United States is not a Member State of the BIE.*

Argentina: Ms. Patricia Pècora, Chief of Staff of the Authority of Federal System of Media & Public Contents (Sistema Federal de Medios y Contenidos Públicos, SFMCP) with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

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 the Human Development.”

*In accordance with BIE regulations, Member States must be given priority over non-Member States

List of Candidates for Specialised Expo 2022/23

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has closed the candidature period for Specialised Expo 2022/23. Four countries have submitted competing bids to organise Specialised Expo 2022/23: the Republic of Poland, the United States of America, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of Argentina.

The 169 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country of Specialised Expo 2022/23 at the 162nd General Assembly in November 2017.

Poland’s bid is for 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 for a Specialised Expo in Minneapolis between 15 May and 15 August 2023 under the theme “Wellness and Well Being for All: Healthy People, Healthy Planet.” The United States is not a Member State of the BIE.*

Brazil’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Rio de Janeiro between 4 March and 27 May 2022 under the theme “Metropolitan Cities and Sustainability: Cross Border Potentials.”

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 the Human Development.”

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that “these four candidatures demonstrate a high level of interest for this type of Expo.” The project examination phase for Specialised Expo 2022/23 will take place over the next few months. Each candidate will submit a bid dossier, to be followed by a BIE Enquiry Mission. The projects will then be presented to the General Assembly of the BIE on 14 June 2017. The election of the host country by the 169 Member States of the BIE will take place at the subsequent General Assembly in November 2017.

Specialised Expos, known officially as International Recognised Exhibitions, can be organised in the interval between two World Expos. They can last up to three months and are designed to respond to a precise challenge facing humanity. The most recent Specialised Expo was held in the city of Yeosu in the Republic of Korea in 2012, which attracted over 8 million visitors under the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast”. The next Specialised Expo is to take place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September 2017 under the theme “Future Energy”.

 

*In accordance with BIE regulations, Member States must be given priority over non-Member States.

A tribute to Claudio De Albertis, President of La Triennale di Milano

Claudio De Albertis

It is with great sadness that the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has learnt of the death of Claudio De Albertis at the age of 66, following a long illness. As the President of the Triennale di Milano Foundation, his vision and energy were instrumental in the renaissance of La Triennale institution and exhibition, and in the cultural influence of Milan.

Having started his career in the family construction firm, Claudio De Albertis’ early projects led him to develop a profound belief in the importance of rethinking urban landscapes on a human scale, and embracing changes sweeping the world of architecture and design. From the 1980s, he actively took part in social and cultural projects, and was selected by his peers to occupy leading positions in construction, architectural and trade associations. In his various positions, De Albertis promoted innovation and bold projects, including the successful bid to organise a World Expo in Milan in 2015.

In 2011, De Albertis was appointed President of the Triennale di Milano, a unique cultural organisation dedicated to exhibitions and events in the field of architecture, design and crafts. During his tenure, he reinforced the institution’s role, led the renovation of the Palazzo dell’Arte, and orchestrated the return of the Triennale di Milano international exhibition after a 20-year hiatus.

XX1T, the 21st edition of the Triennale di Milano, which was successfully held between April and September this year, reflected De Albertis’ forward-looking approach. By expanding the list of participants, the exhibition allowed developing countries and new types of actors to gain access to the international stage. By moving beyond the Palazzo dell’Arte to other venues in the Milan area, the Triennale brought, in his own words, “a new approach to a fast-changing and expanding urban space, breaking down the separation between centre and suburbs, and forming a metaphor for a dialogue between countries far from each other.”

De Albertis leaves an incomparable legacy of accomplishment and honesty that has enhanced the reputation of the institution and brilliantly served its international public. The return of the Triennale was made possible due to his commitment, and enduring belief in the exhibition as a driving force behind design.

Claudio De Albertis will be deeply missed by Milan, by the world of architecture and design, and by all BIE members and staff. At this difficult time, we extend our warmest thoughts to his family and friends, and to his colleagues at the Triennale di Milano.

France presents Expo 2025 bid to the General Assembly of the BIE

During the 160th session of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on 23 November, France had the opportunity to present its bid concept for World Expo 2025. The presentation came one day after French President François Hollande submitted a letter of candidature to the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, proposing Greater Paris as the host of Expo 2025.

The French delegation at the General Assembly was led by Pascal Lamy, the Interministerial Delegate for the Expo bid. Mr. Lamy was accompanied by his deputy, Bertrand Boucault, by Jean-Christophe Fromantin, the President of the ‘ExpoFrance 2025’ association, and by representatives of the city of Paris, the Greater Paris metropole and the Île-de-France region.

Pascal Lamy, Interministerial Delegate for France's Expo 2025 bid, Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, and Jean-Christophe Fromantin, President of the ExpoFrance 2025 association

In his address to delegates, Mr. Lamy reiterated President Hollande’s assertion in the letter of candidature that the project enjoys national support, noting that over 100,000 citizens have expressed their support for the Expo bid. Mr. Lamy stated that France is “united in a project that links us from a past we know as glorious and a future that we want to be fruitful.” He added that France’s bid for World Expo 2025 draws on the history of Expos in the country, which continue to have a legacy to this day. The history of these Expos is linked to the project for 2025 as they share the same values of progress, science, technique and knowledge.

Regarding the proposed theme of the Expo, “Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for our Planet”, Mr. Lamy explained that World Expos are about looking toward the future and ensuring that progress and development are used to improve the human condition. This needs to be achieved not only by sharing knowledge that has been acquired through experience, but also by preserving the planet for future generations.

Pascal Lamy, Interministerial Delegate for France's Expo 2025 bid

Mr. Lamy assured delegates that the technical aspects of the project will be worked on over the coming months before the bid dossier is submitted in 2017. He added that he has travelled to Shanghai (the host of Expo 2010) and Milan (the host of Expo 2015) to learn from their experience in selecting a site and building a successful Expo project. In terms of existing and planned infrastructure, Mr. Lamy emphasised the capacity of France and the Paris region to host major events and welcome large numbers of visitors.

The candidate list to host World Expo 2025 will remain open until 22 May 2017, during which time any other country wishing to organise the Expo may submit its letter of candidature.

Poland outlines vision for Expo 2022 in Łódź

At the 160th session of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), held in Paris on 23 November, a delegation from Poland gave a presentation in support of organising Specialised Expo 2022 in the city of Łódź.

Since submitting its letter of candidature to the BIE on 15 June, the team behind Poland’s Expo 2022 bid has developed the project and presented a vision of the Expo. The presenters explained to the General Assembly why Poland is a candidate for a Specialised Expo, and provided further details on the proposed theme of the Expo, “City Re:Invented”, as well as the proposed Expo site.

Poland's concept for Expo 2022 in Łódż

The Polish delegation was led by Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, who emphasised Poland’s desire to invite all countries to engage in a constructive debate. The Deputy Prime Minister told delegates that “the idea of peaceful coexistence of different nations and cultures has been vital in Poland for centuries and it fully coincides with the idea of Expos.”

Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

The Deputy Mayor of Łódź, Wojciech Rosicki presented the Expo project from the city’s point of view, linking it to Łódź’s past and future. Mr. Rosicki drew attention to the challenges faced by Łódź as historic buildings fell into disrepair and as the textile industry declined. Urban revitalisation policies have helped the city reinvent itself in recent years so that now, “Łódź is becoming a place where living is comfortable, working is likeable, and free time can be spent in interesting ways.”

 Wojciech Rosicki, Deputy Mayor of Łódź

Concerning the Expo itself, Tadeusz Kościński, the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, told delegates that the Expo site would be located in the city centre and that Expo buildings would be transformed into housing, offices and service outlets. In terms of infrastructure, Łódź is already the best connected city in Poland for transport, and by 2022 the city will boast a new underground railway station and tunnel link with another of the city’s stations.

Tadeusz Kościński, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development of the Republic of Poland

Poland submitted its bid to host Specialised Expo 2022 on 15 June 2016 and is to date the only country to have presented its candidature. The candidate list will close on 15 December 2016, after which the project examination phase will begin. BIE Member States will elect the host of Expo 2022 at the 162nd General Assembly in November 2017.

Astana eagerly awaiting Expo 2017

The 160th session of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) took place in Paris on 23 November, during which Expo 2017 Astana presented delegates with its progress report.

Expo 2017 Astana

The presentation was the last to be given by organisers of Expo 2017 before the Specialised Expo opens on 10 June next year under the theme ‘Future Energy’. With less than 200 days until opening, the General Assembly was told that Astana is ready to welcome international participants and that the site is almost ready.

The Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, declared that 90% of construction work on the site has been completed, with all site developments going according to schedule. Mr. Yessimov added that international pavilions are ready and that five of them have already been handed over to participant countries (China, France, Germany, Hungary and Turkey). Addressing delegates, the Chairman stated “I would like to urge all the Official Participants to start the installation works. Pavilions are at your disposal.”

Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, addressing the 160th General Assembly of the BIE

Rapil Zhoshybayev, the Commissioner of Expo 2017, announced that over 120 countries and international organisations have formally confirmed their participation. Regarding the events calendar during the three months of the Expo, the Commissioner told delegates that 70 countries have already reserved their national days, and that several international summits will take place during the Expo, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Rapil Zhoshybayev, the Commissioner of Expo 2017, addressing the 160th General Assembly of the BIE

Final preparations will continue over the next few months, with the final International Participants’ Meeting (IPM) set to take place on 22 and 23 February 2017. Organisers also assured the General Assembly of their efforts to continue promoting the Expo, announcing that a road show around Europe is scheduled for the Spring of 2017.

Vicente G. Loscertales, the Secretary General of the BIE, congratulated Expo 2017 Astana on making “enormous progress” in the past six months. As the first event of its kind in Central Asia, Mr. Loscertales forecasts that the Expo will be a “showcase of culture and innovation, which will allow people to foresee how the future is shaped.”

Delegates meet for 160th General Assembly

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) held its 160th General Assembly in Paris on 23 November 2016. Delegates of the BIE’s 169 Member States gathered to hear presentations from the four BIE committees, Expo reports (relating to World Expo 2020 Dubai, Specialised Expo 2017 Astana, Horticultural Expo 2016 Antalya, Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing and the XXI Triennale di Milano), as well as bid projects from candidate countries. Additionally, the World Expo Museum made a presentation as it prepares to open to the public next year.

Reports on the BIE’s activities in 2016 were presented to the General Assembly by the Presidents of the Administration and Budget Committee, the Executive Committee and the Rules Committee, and by the Vice President of the Information and Communication Committee. Delegates also approved the adoption of special regulations relating to Expo 2017 Astana and Expo 2019 Beijing.

The Presidency of the 160th session of the General Assembly of the BIE

World Expos

Simon Clegg, the Chief Operating Officer of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, updated delegates on the progress of the next World Expo and reaffirmed the objective of having one pavilion for each participating country. Mr. Clegg noted that construction and preparation work on the Expo site is now well underway, adding “we are building swiftly and comprehensively, dedicated to staying on track to ensure participants have generous time to prepare properly.”

Simon Clegg, COO of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau

With regard to World Expo 2025, the General Assembly was the first opportunity for France to present its vision for the Expo after it submitted its letter of candidature the day before. Pascal Lamy, the Interministerial Delegate for the French World Expo bid, declared that all of France is “united behind a project that links us from a past we know as glorious and a future that we want to be fruitful.”

Pascal Lamy, Interministerial Delegate for the French World Expo 2025 bid

Following Mr. Lamy’s declaration, the delegate of Japan, Hiwoshi Kawamura, informed the General Assembly that the Government of Japan is considering a bid for World Expo 2025 in Osaka.

The President of the General Assembly, Steen Christensen, reminded delegates that following France’s bid, the candidature phase for World Expo 2025 will remain open until 22 May 2017.

Specialised Expos

Delegates were informed about the preparations for Expo 2017 Astana, with the General Assembly being the last presentation by organisers before the Expo opens next June. Akhmetzhan Yessimov, the President of Expo 2017 Astana National Company, declared that construction of the site is almost finished and encouraged international participants to start working on their pavilions.

 Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board of Astana Expo 2017 National Company

Regarding the Specialised Expo due to be held in 2022 or 2023, delegates were presented with Poland’s bid to organise Specialised Expo 2022 in Łódź. Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, who in June 2016 announced the bid to the General Assembly, returned to Paris to elaborate on the Expo project and its theme “City Re:Invented”.

Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

The candidature phase for Specialised Expo 2022/23 will end on 15 December 2016, after which no other country will be able to submit a bid. Currently, Poland is the only country on the candidate list.

Horticultural Expos

The General Assembly was also presented with a report on Horticultural Expo 2016 Antalya, which attracted 4.7 million visitors before closing on 30 October.

H.E. Erdoğan Kök, Ambassador, Commissioner General Of Antalya Expo 2016

Organisers of Expo 2019 Beijing – the next International Horticultural Exhibition – gave an update of the progress that is being made, announcing that construction of site will start in earnest next year.

Wang Jinzhen, Commissioner General of Expo 2019 and Vice Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Triennale di Milano

Lorenza Cristina Bravetta of the Triennale di Milano Foundation reported on the XX1T Triennale di Milano, which came to a close on 12 September 2016. Ms Bravetta announced that a 22nd edition of the exhibition is already being planned for 2019.

Lorenza Cristina Bravetta, Member of the board of the Triennale di Milano Foundation

World Expo Museum

A delegation from the World Expo Museum in Shanghai presented the General Assembly with an update of the project. Deputy Director Zhenyu Yu announced that construction will be completed in December and that the Museum is scheduled to open to the public on 1 May 2017. The Museum’s exhibitions are currently being prepared, with over 1,200 objects already obtained from Expos prior to 2010.

Zhenyu Yu, Deputy Director of the World Expo Museum

Mayor of Łódź visits BIE

The mayor of Łódź, Hanna Zdanowska, visited the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) today, 24 November, to discuss Poland’s candidature to host Specialised Expo 2022 in Łódź.

Ms Zdanowska, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Wojciech Rosicki, met with the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor highlighted the Expo’s key role in the city’s revitalisation plan and exchanged on a range of issues surrounding the Expo project.

(Left to Right) Deputy Mayor of Łódź Wojciech Rosicki, Mayor of Łódź Hanna Zdanowska, BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales

The meeting comes the day after the 160th General Assembly of the BIE, during which representatives from the Government of Poland and the city of Łódź, led by Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, presented the Expo project to delegates of the BIE’s 169 Member States.

Ms. Zdanowska underlined her longstanding support for the Expo project, which is based around the theme “City Re:Invented”. This theme reflects the history of Łódź, a city that adopted ambitious urban revitalisation projects following the decline of its industries and after its historic buildings fell into disrepair. The mayor stated that the Expo would be “an opportunity for other cities to share their experiences and for Łódź to present its new way and new philosophy for the city.”

Mr. Loscertales commented that the bid project has significant potential and that he looks forward to the project examination phase, during which “the BIE will be able to find out more about the proposed theme and study the technical aspects of the Expo project.”

Poland submitted its bid to host Specialised Expo 2022 on 15 June 2016 and is to date the only country to have presented its candidature. The candidate list will close on 15 December 2016, after which the project examination phase will begin.

France submits bid for World Expo 2025

France submitted today a letter of candidature to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to organise World Expo 2025 in Greater Paris. This is the first bid to host the Expo, which will be the next World Expo to be held after Expo 2020 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, organised under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. They can last up to six months, and international participants can build their own pavilions on the Expo site. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The most recent World Expo was held in the city of Milan, Italy, in 2015, and gathered over 21 million visitors under the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.

France’s candidature for Greater Paris is based on the theme “Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for our Planet", and the Expo would be open from 1 May to 30 October 2025, should the bid obtain the vote of the majority of BIE Member States.

Following this first application by France, all other countries wishing to organise World Expo 2025 now have six months to submit their own bids, with the final deadline being 22 May 2017 at 6pm (Paris time). Once the list is closed, the project examination phase of the bidding process will be launched, including the submission of bid dossiers, BIE Enquiry Missions, forums and a vote by the 169 Member States to decide on the host country when the General Assembly of the BIE meets in November 2018.

Acknowledging the receipt of the letter of candidature, BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales stated that “France’s candidature marks the starting point of the six-month countdown until the candidate list for World Expo 2025 closes.” Mr. Loscertales added that “the BIE is looking forward to hearing more about France’s vision for Expo 2025.”

France was a founding member of the BIE when it was created in 1928. Paris hosted the 1937 World Expo, as well as five historical World Expos between 1855 and 1900. France has also organised three Specialised Expos – Paris 1947, Lyon 1949, Lille 1951 – and a Horticultural Expo in Paris in 1969.

The Paris region has a population of over 12 million, with the French capital being one of the most visited cities in the world. Paris is on the shortlist to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, which would mark 100 years since the city last hosted the Games.