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World Expo 2025

Four countries are candidates to host World Expo 2025: France (in Greater Paris), Japan (in Osaka), the Russian Federation (in Ekaterinburg), and Azerbaijan (in Baku). The 170 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country at the 164th General Assembly in November 2018.


World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The next World Expo will take place in Dubai (UAE) between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.


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3. About Greater Paris

Paris has a rich experience of Expos, as the city organised five World Expos in the 19th Century (1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900), and in 1937 organised the “International Exhibition of Arts and Technology in Modern Life”. Each of these Expos sparked moments of extraordinary synergy.

Many visitors to France, the world’s number one tourist destination, still visit famous monuments bequeathed by these Expos, including the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, and the Trocadéro esplanade.

Nowadays, Paris has transformed itself to adapt to the challenges of the contemporary world. The city has created and adopted modern governance and administrative structures within a dynamic region that is the economic heart of metropolitan France.

The Île-de-France region, with Paris as its capital, boasts leading-edge infrastructure and a dense and efficient transport network that makes it possible to consider, with confidence, welcoming a global mega-event on the scale of a World Expo.

2. Proposed Site

The site that would welcome World Expo 2025’s Global Village is currently in the selection phase, within the framework of a rigorous investigation process.

This process is being carried out on the basis of criteria that correspond with the expectations set out by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) for the organisation of a World Expo, notably in terms of size, access, connectivity, organisation and security.

A number of sites in Greater Paris have expressed their interest and presented qualitative candidatures: Plateau de Saclay, Canal de l’Ourcq, Val d’Europe and Triangle de Gonesse.

1. Proposed Theme

The theme of the French candidature is “Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for our Planet”, which was chosen following numerous and profitable exchanges with young people.

The theme is at the heart of the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development, and is in continuity with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It will have its heart set on honouring the values of hospitality, audacity, optimism, sustainability and solidarity.

Inclusive and versatile, the theme will inspire rich illustrations through a diversified presentation of the dynamics of innovation that express themselves throughout the world, and by giving value to the growing number of initiatives in favour of environmental protection. Furthermore, the theme emphasises the increasingly frequent crossover between these two dimensions for the benefit of future generations, by defining a new pattern of growth based on equality, solidarity and mutual assistance between countries.

In this sense, the theme is geared toward the future and the younger generations. The latter would naturally be one of the principal actors of this World Expo.

Greater Paris, France

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”. 

All information is provided by the candidate.