Inside Expo – New frontiers and unexpected hurdles

Inside Expo – New frontiers and unexpected hurdles

The newest two episodes of Inside Expo - Expo 2020 Dubai’s podcast series – look near and far in terms of the earthly and the celestial factors that shape World Expos.

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Inside Expo – Perceptions and progress

A point in time by artist Khalil Rabah, Public Art Programme

The two latest episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s podcast, Inside Expo, continue in the exploration of the meaning behind the Expo and what visitors can discover there.

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Inside Expo – What is an Expo?

Inside Expo – What is an Expo?

Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia (MEASA) region, themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – opened its gates on 1 October 2021 and will welcome millions of visitors before it closes on 31 March 2022.

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Vancouver in motion: 35 years of Expo 1986

Vancouver in motion: 35 years of Expo 1986

When Vancouver, the largest city in Canada’s British Columbia province, hosted a Specialised Expo in 1986, it joined the Pacific Northwest’s other major cities, Seattle (1909, World Expo 1962), Portland (1905) and Spokane (Specialised Expo 1974) as hosts of international exhibitions. Looking back on the 35 years since Expo 1986 Vancouver, this event has also gained important symbolism as the last Expo hosted in North America, with the gap between then and now far longer than the previous interval (between 1940 and 1962) caused by the interruption of World War II.

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Keeping children fighting fit during the Covid-19 pandemic

Keeping children fighting fit during the Covid-19 pandemic

With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic having led to various degrees of restrictions around the world – often for extended periods – keeping an active body and mind emerged as a key challenge. This is of particular importance for children and teenagers, whose active lifestyles were in some cases abruptly halted by stay-at-home limitations and school closures.

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The Expo songs that came before ‘This Is Our Time’

The Expo songs that came before ‘This Is Our Time’

Music has played a central and prominent role in Expos since the very first editions that took place in the 19th century. Driven by technological and social advancements, Expos have always had a strong musical element, putting the spotlight on new instruments, genres and musicians, and holding memorable performances. From Belioz’s concert at Expo 1855 Paris to Edgar Varèse’s Poème électronique at Expo 1958 Brussels and the Scorpions’ Moment of Glory concert at Expo 2000 Hannover, music beats through the heart of all World Expos.

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Transforming a public health crisis into an environmental solution

Transforming a public health crisis into an environmental solution

With two billion people in the world lacking access to toilet facilities, poor sanitation is a global problem responsible for the transmission of diseases, malnutrition and an estimated 432,000 deaths annually. This issue is easily preventable, with investment in improved sanitation reaping significant long-term benefits on health and well-being.

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An app to boost job opportunities for those with hearing impairment

An app to boost job opportunities for those with hearing impairment

An estimated one billion people around the world are living with disabilities, and while great strides have been made towards inclusion, people of determination remain at a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion. As a result of physical barriers, unsuitable tools and discrimination, the employment rate is significantly lower than the overall average.

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Building a better future thanks to the creativity of children

Building a better future thanks to the creativity of children

When faced with challenges, we naturally turn to experts, scientists, engineers and researchers to find and create appropriate solutions. But what if we also asked and listened to children for their ideas on improving the world?

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Fostering cross-border dialogue to strengthen traditional livelihoods

Fostering cross-border dialogue to strengthen traditional livelihoods

For rural and pastoral communities in cross-border regions, restrictions on mobility as well as limited resources can pose a major challenge to livelihoods. Coupled with the impact of climate change and intercommunity tensions, the situation can rapidly hamper the whole region’s economic and social well-being.

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Bringing health services within calling distance

Bringing health services within calling distance

Half the world’s population does not have access to essential health services, a figure that is all the more dramatic in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many of the world’s poorest countries having less than one doctor per 1,000 people, improving access to healthcare is a global priority.

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Saving trees and lives by making fuel from waste

Saving trees and lives by making fuel from waste

About half of the wood cut down every year around the world is used to produce energy, mostly as fuel for cooking and heating. While this significant and unsustainable use of wood fuel perpetuates deforestation and contributions towards carbon emissions, the livelihoods and survival of many of the world’s poorest people relies on such energy, with one third of the global population dependent on wood or charcoal for cooking.

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Fighting malnutrition with better seeds

Fighting malnutrition with better seeds

Around the world, almost half of all deaths in children aged under five are caused by poor nutrition. Chronic malnutrition in children stunts the development of the brain and body, increasing the likelihood of illness and negatively affecting the child's chances of staying in education – leading to lower earnings and ultimately trapping people in a cycle of poverty.

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Mamapreneurs ensuring the best early start for all children

Mamapreneurs ensuring the best early start for all children

Early childhood care and education offers pre-primary-school-age children the opportunity to develop emotional and social capabilities required to thrive in school, and increases their chances of reaching their full potential later in life. Yet only about one in five young children in low-income countries are enrolled in pre-school, and many working parents have little choice but to leave their young children with informal or inadequate care providers.

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Joining forces to secure water resources

Joining forces to secure water resources

Around the world, the continuous growth of cities puts pressure on the environment and particularly on water resources; it is estimated that 80 per cent of wastewater is released into the environment without adequate treatment. With two thirds of the world’s population living in severe water scarcity at least one month per year, it is vital to manage water resources in a sustainable manner.

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Follow the plastic brick road

Follow the plastic brick road

The production of construction materials has a significant negative environmental impact: cement alone accounts for between five and 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP). In addition, plastic waste is an increasing global problem, oceans expected to contain more plastic than fish by 2050. With the world’s rising population, plastic waste and demand for construction materials are also set to grow.

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Cutting down plastic pollution with edible bowls

Cutting down plastic pollution with edible bowls

Only nine per cent of all plastic ever produced has been recycled; 12 per cent has been incinerated and 79 per cent has ended up in landfill or the natural environment. Global production of plastic waste is about 300 million tonnes every year, almost equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Plastic waste related to food and beverages – including plastic bottles, bags, straws, wrappers, cups and utensils – are a significant portion of this total.

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A greener way to welcome refugees

A greener way to welcome refugees

When people are forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution or natural disaster, the provision of basic necessities is the utmost priority, but their welfare is also heavily dependent on the environment of where they settle. Deforestation, soil erosion and the depletion and pollution of water resources are among the most significant challenges that can be associated with the arrival and residency of internally displaced people and refuges.

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Accessible eye examinations using smartphones

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Around the world, a staggering one billion people suffer from some form of preventable or treatable vision impairment. This ranges from moderate and severe vision impairment to blindness, with the leading cause being uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts. A lack of access to necessary medical equipment and professionals means that visual impairment is four times higher in in low- and middle-income countries compared to high-income regions.

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Redirecting ‘waste’ food to the tables of those in need

Redirecting ‘waste’ food to the tables of those in need

The FAO estimates that around one third of global food production is lost or wasted each year, a subject that was at the heart of the most recent World Expo – Expo 2015 Milan, themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. This challenge is a global one – rich countries waste around the same amount of food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, hunger remains a global problem with around 9% of the world’s population lacking access to sufficient food.

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Breaking mental health stigma through online therapy

Breaking mental health stigma through online therapy

Accessing mental health services can be a major challenge, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 65 million people suffer from mental health issues. Care providers are stretched thin, with as few as one psychiatrist per 100,000 people in the MENA region, while social stigma, discrimination and neglect often prevent people from attending psychotherapy clinics or seeking help. With two-thirds of global population not seeking treatment because of these challenges, and suicide the second-highest cause of death among young people, the need for mental health services is greater than ever.

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Building flood resilience with amphibious housing

Building flood resilience with amphibious housing

The impact of climate change, infrastructure projects and increased population means that 2 billion people around the world are expected to be vulnerable to flood disaster by 2050. While addressing the causes of flooding is essential, it is also imperative to improve flood resilience in the most affected areas, with people’s lives and livelihoods increasingly threatened by intense and unpredictable weather events.

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Expo 2020 Dubai and re-kickstarting the global MICE and tourism industry

Expo 2020 Dubai and re-kickstarting the global MICE and tourism industry

Through containment, adapting to live with the virus and last but not least the vaccine rollout, it is now possible to envisage a sense of normality in the global economy. With this perspective, Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be the first event of its scale to take place, serving to re-kickstart the global meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) industry as well as international tourism.

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Education as the cornerstone of social change

Education as the cornerstone of social change

Education is perhaps the most effective way to pull children out of poverty and addressing social problems, yet 260 million children around the world are out of school. This is why a group of concerned citizens in Pakistan created The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a non-government organisation aimed at improving access to education as a way of reducing social barriers and making students become agents of positive change.

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Empowering communities with sustainable livelihoods

Empowering communities with sustainable livelihoods

Climate change, unsustainable farming practices and deforestation not only pose serious challenges for biodiversity and the protection of nature, but in many places also threaten the livelihoods of indigenous communities.

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Turning fog into water

Turning fog into water

Only about 0.007 per cent of the planet’s water is available for human consumption, with the vast majority of water – in frozen glaciers or seawater – of no use for drinking, cooking, bathing or cleaning. Furthermore, the scarcity of freshwater is exacerbated by polluted rivers, lakes and groundwater, and the depletion of these water sources in many populated areas.

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Harnessing the sun for clean water

Harnessing the sun for clean water

Around the world, 785 million people lack access to safe water and children are amongst the most affected by the threats linked to a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene services. While these diseases are preventable, every 90 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.

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5 things you might not know about Expo 1851 London

5 things you might not know about Expo 1851 London

170 years ago today, the United Kingdom invited ‘All Nations’ to the Great Exhibition of 1851. Taking place in Hyde Park between 1 May 1851 and 11 October 1851, Expo 1851 London was an occasion for the United Kingdom and international participants to showcase human progress, notably in the area of industry and technology.

Here are some interesting facts about this unique global event:

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Anti-desertification with liquid nanoclay

Anti-desertification with liquid nanoclay

Desertification, and specifically the loss of fertile arable land, is a phenomenon that poses a major threat to global food production, particularly in the developing world. About 12 million hectares of arable land is lost to erosion each year, and it is estimated that land degradation in the next 25 years has the potential to reduce global food production by up to 12% (UNCCD).

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Drones flying in life-saving vaccines

Drones flying in life-saving vaccines

Vaccine wastage is a global problem: WHO estimates that up to half of all vaccines are lost every year, largely due to the vials not being stored at the right temperature during storage and transport.

For this reason, many children miss out on essential vaccinations. To help combat this issue, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Best Practice Programme selected the UNICEF Drones Programme, which works towards efficiently delivering vaccines via drones, as a way to spotlight and expand the initiative on a global scale.

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Lend your eyes through a smartphone

Lend your eyes through a smartphone

At least 2.2 billion people are blind or visually impaired. That’s more than a third of the global population who may have difficulties with daily tasks that are dependent on the ability to see correctly: checking expiration dates, distinguishing colours, reading instructions, etc.

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Family Side Trip discovers Terra!

Family Side Trip discovers Terra!

What would you do to save the only planet that we’ve got?

We were able to learn a lot at Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability Pavilion - Terra. This pavilion highlights how human behavior impacts the environment and how we can help to preserve and protect it. We marveled through the forest's roots and explored under the ocean as we learn more about our planet. We also participated in several informative and interactive activities on-site. One structural highlight of this pavilion is its massive 130-metre wide canopy featuring 1,055 solar panels - capable of generating 4GWh of renewable energy.

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The Sarkeet Architect discovers Terra

The Sarkeet Architect discovers Terra

As an architect, I was eagerly anticipating my visit to Terra - Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability Pavilion, a project that has acquired LEED platinum certification, the highest available accreditation for sustainable architecture.

The videos and photos posted by Expo 2020 Dubai have always raised my curiosity, so I was very excited for the Pavilion Premiere so I could visit the site. In terms of technology, creativity and thought process, World Expos are always ahead of the times.

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Samantha Dika discovers Terra

Samantha Dika discovers Terra

I am Samantha, a Flight Attendant with Emirates Airline originally from Zimbabwe. My first World Expo experience was visiting Expo 2010 Shanghai, which I enjoyed so much that I could not wait for Dubai to host Expo 2020!

Visiting Terra - the Sustainability Pavilion was an experience like no other, there is something intriguing and educational everywhere you turn. The experience of being at the pavilion opened up my eyes to the fact that WE CAN live in harmony with nature - if we just chose to, and line up small everyday decisions with this all important decision.

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Dream Team Travels discover Terra

Dream Team Travels discover Terra

We are Ernestas and Daryna, a travel couple, who were lucky to be able to visit Dubai and get to experience the Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion Premiere! The experience was unique and felt like it was a visit to the future.

One of the things we really loved about visiting Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability Pavilion was how it covered key topics, such as climate change, in a fun and unique way and encouraged us to be more mindful. We hope you enjoy the video and get a glimpse into Expo 2020 Dubai through our eyes!

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5 things you might not know about Expo 1855 Paris

5 things you might not know about Expo 1855 Paris

It was 165 years ago that Expo 1855 Paris, France's first World Expo, drew to a close. Here are some interesting facts about this singular event:

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5 things you might not know about Expo 1900 Paris

5 things you might not know about Expo 1900 Paris

It was the event that welcomed a new century and showcased the greatest arts, creations and technologies from around the world. World Expo 1900 Paris, which closed its gates 120 years ago today, was a transformational event for Paris, for France and for the world. Discover five interesting facts about this historic gathering:

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5 things you might not know about Expo 2015 Milan

5 things you might not know about Expo 2015 Milan

It has been five years since Expo 2015 Milan closed its gates to the public after a six month immersive journey around the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for life”. Here are some interesting facts about the most recent World Expo:

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5 things you might not know about Expo 2010 Shanghai

5 things you might not know about Expo 2010 Shanghai

On 31 October 2010, the most visited Expo in history - World Expo 2010 Shanghai - closed its gates to the public after 185 days. The transformative event embarked tens of millions of visitors on a journey into the theme “Better City, Better Life”, and left a lasting impact on Shanghai, China, and the world. Here are a few interesting facts about this truly groundbreaking World Expo:

 

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5 things you might not know about Expo 1880 Melbourne

5 things you might not know about Expo 1880 Melbourne

140 years ago today, the capital of Victoria, Melbourne, welcomed the first World Expo in the southern hemisphere under the theme of the Arts, Manufactures and Agricultural and Industrial Products of all Nations. Here are some interesting facts about World Expo 1880 Melbourne:

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Bakers, knitters and illustrators are remixing the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai logo

Bakers, knitters and illustrators are remixing the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai logo

Earlier this week Osaka announced that they had chosen a bizarre, googly-eyed character as their logo for the upcoming Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. And over the next 24 hours the Japanese public reception appeared to shift from utter confusion to disgust and then to adoring the little red creature. The public quickly warmed to Inochi no Kagayaki-chan, an endearing nickname borrowed from the Expo’s theme (in English - "Designing Future Society for Our Lives"), and opened their arms to it. From illustrators and bakers to knitters and even monks, remix culture quickly set in and social media has been buzzing with creations. Below are some of our favorites at Spoon & Tamago:

 

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Share your images: World Expo Museum wants your Expo 2010 memories!

Share your images: World Expo Museum wants your Expo 2010 memories!

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Expo 2010 Shanghai, the World Expo Museum has launched a call for all those involved in the World Expo to share their photos of the event.

The shared photos will be in the running to feature in a commemorative image exhibition set to open in October 2020 that will celebrate all the participants, staff, volunteers, visitors and citizens who participated in Expo 2010 Shanghai. The exhibition will seek to immortalise the memory of Expo 2010 by showcasing all the different people and stories that helped make the event such a tremendous success.

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The World Expo that made America’s heartland a centre stage

The World Expo that made America’s heartland a centre stage

Many are aware of the United States’ history with World Expos, with the country having organised several World and Specialised Expos. In addition to Chicago – which hosted World Expos in 1893 and 1933 – another Midwestern city has hosted a World Expo:  St. Louis in 1904. This is not counting the Specialised Expos that also took place in the American heartland – Expo 1982 Knoxville, which had a theme based on energy and Expo 1984 New Orleans, with a theme around rivers. The latter was the most recent Expo hosted in the United States.

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Expo 2010 Shanghai: the treasure chest Expo

Expo 2010 Shanghai: the treasure chest Expo

Twenty years ago, I came away from the Hannover’s Expo 2000 with the feeling that the Expo idiom was a bit tired, perhaps drained of some of the ambition that energised earlier World Expos. It had an environmental and sustainability theme, but it lacked dramatic architectural gestures or iconic structures. Attendance was lackluster. It did reflect a greater reliance on technology for visitors: in a time before smart phones, electronic information kiosks informed visitors. The entire Luxembourg Pavilion consisted of dozens of computer terminals where visitors could send free emails to anywhere in the world. Lines for them were long. From the perspective of the average iPhone user today, such a pavilion seems antique.

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5 ways that H55 changed the world of design

5 ways that H55 changed the world of design

Hosted in the Swedish city of Helsingborg in 1955, “H55”, was a Specialised Expo dedicated to architecture, industrial design and home furnishing. Taking place as functional and utilitarian design was growing in success, Expo 1955 marked the arrival of ‘Scandinavian Modern’ as a new genre. With prominent Scandinavian designers responding to the public’s demand for aesthetically pleasing yet practical household goods, the Expo drew global attention to the influential role of Nordic countries in advancing it.

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5 things you might not know about Expo 2000 Hannover

5 things you might not know about Expo 2000 Hannover

Twenty years ago today, Expo 2000 Hannover welcomed visitors to envision what the theme “Humankind – Nature – Technology” could mean in the 21st century. Here are a few interesting facts about this World Expo:

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The role of Expos in showcasing timely innovations

The role of Expos in showcasing timely innovations

Now more than ever with the Covid-19 pandemic – which will hopefully be eliminated soon – World Expos have a huge role to show to the world the innovations and the best that humanity can do.

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International Museum Day: “See the world” at the World Expo Museum

International Museum Day: “See the world” at the World Expo Museum

On the occasion of International Museum Day on 18 May, and coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Expo 2010 Shanghai, the World Expo Museum (WEM) has released "See the world", a series of miniature-films recounting some of the most memorable World Expos in history.

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Expo memories abound as the World Expo Museum turns three

Expo memories abound as the World Expo Museum turns three

Having been inaugurated on 1 May 2017, the World Expo Museum (WEM) in Shanghai is now three years old, and is today more than ever a hub for exploring and celebrating Expo memories.

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A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Zipper

A to Z of Innovations at Expos: Zipper

Fastening clothes and accessories may seem too simple to be the focus of an important innovation. Indeed, visitors to World Expo 1893 Chicago may have seen Whitcomb Judson’s “Clasp Locker” on display without realising how this device would be the predecessor of an overlooked everyday innovation: the zipper.

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