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.”