Will Rotterdam bid for Expo 2025?

The idea of a World Expo in Rotterdam came as early as 2014 out of an entrepreneurial initiative. It was based on the realization that the growth of the world economy into the next century will predominantly take place in the deltas and that deltas are always situated in vulnerable geographical positions.

Based on the theme “Changing Currents/Deltas in Transition”, the idea of a bid for Rotterdam 2025 is to use the Expo as a platform to rethink our economy and progress to a more sustainable one. Bidding for the Expo 2025 gradually received support and commitment from major Dutch companies, universities, NGOs, cultural institutions, various governments and organizations as well as individuals.

Rotterdam’s Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb stated: “World Expo’s attract innovative entrepreneurs from all around the world. It is a chance to show what we are able to achieve, as a city but also as a country.”
A plan has already been drawn to host the Expo on available land in Rotterdam, in the Merwe-Four Port Area, Rhine and Maashaven and the area around the Boompjes / Water City.

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The proposal for Expo 2025 has now been submitted to the Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure & Environment and Foreign Affairs. These ministries are assessing the plans based on a social cost-benefit analysis. According to some Dutch newspapers, the government of the Netherlands will determine its position in March.

In accordance with the Regulations of the BIE, the Government of a State wishing to organise a World Expo, can only submit its candidature a maximum of nine years and a minimum of six years before the opening date of that Expo, but once a candidate files its bid to the BIE for an Expo, the other candidates have a maximum of six-month to state their intention to compete for the same World Expo.

The Netherlands has never hosted a World or International Expo but organized 6 Horticultural Expos.
Rotterdam hosts the biggest and most important port in Europe. The city is featured in the Rough Guides and in the New York Times as a city that you must visit and is often nicknamed the architectural capital of the Netherlands.

Astana Expo 2017 calls for Energy Best Practices

Astana EXPO 2017 officially started its call for applications for its Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa), one of the flagship areas of the forthcoming Expo, which will showcase tangible solutions to the world's biggest challenges.

In the 3,000 square meter area of eBPa, Astana Expo 2017 will be showing the best technologies, developments and strategies in different areas of sustainable energy: energy production, storage, and use, combatting climate change, and providing access to energy in developing countries.

Anyone who has a successful case study to share can apply before May 15, 2016. The participation is open to governments of all nations, corporations and businesses, international organizations, public organizations or associations, universities and educational organizations, public-private partnerships, individuals and inventors.

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The finalists of eBPa will be chosen on a competitive basis by the International Selection Committee (ISC) consisting of renown scientists, energy experts and policymakers among whom are Yuriko Koike, Member of the House of Representatives, former Minister of the Environment of Japan, Maria van der Hoeven, Senior Associate Fellow of Clingendael International Energy Programme, former Executive Director of International Energy Agency, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute, Ex-Chairman of IPCC, and George F. Smoot III, Professor at University of California Berkeley, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2006). The ISC is chaired by Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

For more details about eBPa and application procedures, please visit the official website of the EXPO-2017 Energy Best Practices Area: www.ebpa2017.org

Milan unveils 21st Triennale int'l exhibition program after 20-year pause

The program of the 21st Triennale di Milano International Exhibition of design, architecture and art, which returns to Milan next April, was unveiled on Saturday.
The Triennale will take place in Milan from April 2 to Sept. 12 in 12 cultural venues across the city and its surrounding area, including the Palazzo dell'Arte but also part of the Expo site that hosted last year Expo Millano 2015 as well as the Fabbrica del Vapore; Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology; Diocesan Museum; and Palazzo della Permanente.
Forty thousand square meters will be dedicated to the XXI Triennale, among which 17,000 on the Expo Milano 2015 site, northwest of the city.
Entitled "21st Century: Design After Design", the 21st Triennale will aim at "exploring the new millennium and its great changes" said Milan Triennale President Claudio De Albertis.
This theme challenges participants – architects, artists and scientists – to explore “new cardinal points” and establish the foundations of culture in the future.
The 2016 edition will gather more than 30 official participants from countries such as Algeria, Canada, China, South Korea, France, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, India, Iran and Mexico.

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It will count 20 exhibits, two summer schools, three international workshops, a theatre program, an award, a festival and dozens of concerts, conferences and meetings.
BIE Secretary-General Vicente G. Loscertales, who attended the presentation, indicated "twenty years after the latest edition, we are very happy to welcome this new international exhibition", which constitutes "an inventory and a vision of the future, a very large vision of what happened during the last 20 years and of future prospective."
BIE Secretary General depicted the Triennale “as a voice that reflects and interprets the transformation of the society ", retrieving the link between creativity, history, philosophy and architecture. “This edition, by spreading the event in the most beautiful places in and around Milan and therefore transforming the city in an unique festival, will encourage new developments and will constitute an opportunity of education to the quality of life" he indicated.

More information:  21triennale.org

Paris Expo 2025 starts a Tour de France

The Advisory Committee ExpoFrance 2025 is launching a national campaign to raise awareness and gather support for its impending bid for Expo 2025.
Sixteen towns in France will be welcoming a dedicated exhibition starting with Marseille on the 18th of February and ending in Tours on the 5th of June.

No official bid has yet been presented to the BIE but French President Hollande already indicated last year on prime television that France was interested in bidding for the event; “We need big events” said Hollande.

According to first macro-economic simulations commissioned by the Advisory Committee, an Expo in Paris in 2025 would bring 40 to 60 million visitors, 23,2 billion euros of economic impact and would create 160.000 new jobs.

Paris has already hosted six Universal Exhibitions: in 1855 just four years after the very first one in London, in 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900 and the 1937 World Expo.

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According to national polls released last week, the bid for Expo 2025 is reaching a large consensus among private citizens. An on-line petition on the official website of the Advisory Committee has so far reached more than 13.000 supporters.

Paris is among the most visited and most admired cities in the world. The French capital is also on the shortlist of cities to host the 2024 Olympics Games, which would coincide with the 100th anniversary since the last Olympic Games were organized in Paris in 1924.

Will Toronto bid for Expo 2025?

The Toronto Region Board of Trade held today a conference to discuss the importance of the World Expos as well as the planning for a World Expo 2025 bid.

BIE Secretary General, Mr. Vicente G. Loscertales attended the conference to deliver a keynote address and to participate on a panel discussion about the power of Expos to transform cities. The BIE Secretary General also met with representatives of both the Provincial and Federal Governments to discuss Canada’s membership to the BIE.

In 2014, a feasibility study conducted for Toronto’s city council projected Expo 2025 would create 190,000 jobs, generate CA$5.4 billion new tax revenues and spark CA$15.5 billion in economic activity, with more than half of it in the Greater Toronto Area.
Mayor John Tory granted that “events of a global scale, like the Expos overseen by the BIE, help accelerate economic development and engage the more than 6 million Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area in a unique, world-class experience”.


Canada already hosted two successful Expos in the past, World Expo ’67 in Montréal and the International Expo ’86 in Vancouver. No North American city has hosted the World Expo ever since.

In accordance with the Regulations of the BIE, the Government of a State wishing to organise a World Expo, can only submit its candidature a maximum of nine years and a minimum of six years before the opening date of that Expo, but once a candidate files its bid to the BIE for an Expo, the other candidates have a maximum of six-month to state their intention to compete for the same World Expo.

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario and widely recognized as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. In 2015 Toronto successfully hosted the Pan and the Para Pan American Games, which became the largest multi-sport event to be held in Canada.

Second international conference gathers experts around Busan World Expo 2030 bid

Busan hopes to bring the World Expo to the Republic of Korea in 2030 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of Busan port.
The Second International Conference for Busan World Expo 2030 gathered today more than 200 experts from around the world to discuss Busan's potential bid for Expo 2030.

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Busan has already started its preparations for its potential bid since last year but the earliest the country could submit its bid for a World Expo in 2030 is 2021.Once one country has lodged a bid with the BIE other countries have six months to enter into the competition.
Mr Byung-soo Suh, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, stated: "If Busan begins to prepare from now on, hosting 2030 Expo is no longer a mere dream."
BIE Secretary General, Mr Vicente G. Loscertales, attended the conference and told the audience in his opening speech: "Taking into consideration the tremendous success of the Republic of Korea in hosting past exhibitions such as Taejon 1993 and Yeosu 2012, I am very pleased and excited by the possibility of having a candidature from the city of Busan for an Expo in 2030."

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The Republic of Korea has indeed successfully hosted two international Expos, the first one in Taejon in 1993 and the second one in Yeosu in 2012, but has never hosted a World Expo.
Busan is the country's second largest city. The city has successfully hosted numerous mega events including the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. Busan was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Future Energy Forum 2015 stresses the need to address energy challenges

The Future Energy Forum 2015 organized by Expo Astana 2017 took place in Paris alongside the COP21 summit. It brought together more than 200 leading energy experts, scientists, business leaders, officials and representatives to tackle issues related to "Climate change and energy of the Future" under four key topics: Climate change and Trajectory of Energy, What is cutting Edge (Frontiers)?, What is beyond the Horizon?, Energy for all.

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Vladimir Shkolnik, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, stressed in his opening speech the fact that " there had never been a better time to consider the world's relationship with energy". "We recognize the crucial role that energy plays in the development process. However emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are contributing to changes in the Earth's climate. This threatens security of hundreds of millions of people around the world, undermining the essential foundations of local, national, and global stability" he added.
As country representatives laboured to reach a global climate agreement in Paris, the Future Energy Forum 2015 demonstrated again the need to promote sustainable international cooperation and to raise awareness of the general public on this critical issue.
Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), highlighted the fact that "The Future Energy theme of Astana Expo-2017 will have major implications for education, innovation and cooperation on all matters related to the energy sector."

The Future Energy Forum2015, organized by Expo 2017 Astana National Company in collaboration with Nazarbayev University, with the theme 'Climate Change and Energy of the Future' is the second in a series of international conferences of the pre-Expo period.
The Forum was followed by the first meeting of the International Scientific Committee, chaired by Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, to frame the principles for the Energy Best Practices area of Expo 2017.

In 2017, during the Expo Astana 2017, The Future Energy Forum will be one of the main features of the Expo and will last for the whole duration of the event, hosting debates, conferences, as well as panels, symposia, thematic weeks and workshops.
A specific Energy Best Practices area will showcase best policies, technologies, and products on the Expo site and will reinforce the Expos' missions of education and progress by providing tangible solutions to the world's energy challenges

BIE and Kazakhstan sign the Agreement on privileges and advantages for official participants at Expo 2017 Astana

BIE and Kazakhstan sign the Agreement on privileges and advantages for official participants at Expo 2017 Astana

Mr. Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Mr. Vicente G. Loscertales, BIE Secretary General, have signed the Agreement on privileges and advantages for official participants at Expo 2017 Astana.

The Agreement represents the legal framework that paves the way for the creation of the necessary conditions for the participation of countries and international organisations to Expo 2017 Astana.

It is the third time in the history of Expos that such agreement is concluded between the host country and the BIE following the recent examples of Spain for Expo 2008 Zaragoza and Italy for Expo 2015 Milan.

BIE and Kazakhstan sign the Agreement on privileges and advantages for official participants at Expo 2017 Astana

The signing ceremony took place at the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Paris.

Winner of the 2015 International Cosmos Prize selected

Winner of the 2015 International Cosmos Prize selected

The Expo '90 Foundation (The Commemorative Foundation for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990) announced that Dr. Johan Rockström, Executive Director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, was the winner of the 2015 International Cosmos Prize.

Established for the commemoration of the Flower Expo '90, Expo '90 Foundation's main responsibilities are the management of the Expo '90 commemorative funds and the promotion of activities that develop the theme of the Flower Expo '90: "The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind."

The Expo '90 Foundation has been collaborating successfully with the BIE since 2008 through another initiative, the BIE-Cosmos Prize, which rewards projects linked to the theme of Expos and encourages citizen participation.

For more information regarding the 2015 edition of the International Cosmos Prize and the winner, please visit:

The 157th BIE General Assembly: Expos works schedules at a glance

On June 9th, the BIE held its 157th General Assembly during which the progress of upcoming Expos and the first outcomes of Expo Milano 2015 were presented to the BIE delegates.

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Expo Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life"

The report of Expo Milano 2015 focused on the results of the first month of the event. According to the organizers' data, the first 31 days saw a presence of 2.7 milion visitors at the Exhibition Site.
Since May 1st, more than 400 events have been organized on the Expo Site. Besides National days, a rich cultural programme has been implemented since the first days of the Expo and it is continuosly growing. Overall, the success of the opening, the involvement of Participants and the engagement of the public confirm the great start of Expo Milano 2015.

Expo Astana 2017 "Future Energy"

It is clear now that the Expo 2017 site will be an impressive display of some of the most sophisticated and modern buildings. Construction continues at a brisk pace and, as of today, all the foundation work and ground floors are complete. The centrepiece of the Expo site will be the spherical Kazakhstan pavilion, which is one of the most complex structures ever constructed in the world.
With construction moving on schedule, the Expo organizers have begun to focus more on the theme development and the four thematic pavilions – "World of Energy", "Energy for Life", "Energy for All", and "My Future Energy". Each pavilion will have expressions of future energy-related information that will provide a unique experience for all visitors. The construction and installation works will begin later this year and continue into 2016.
The international promotion of Expo 2017 is going on and 27 countries have already officially confirmed their participation in the Exhibition.

Expo Dubai 2020 "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future"

The Expo 2020 report provided the BIE General Assembly with a detailed overview of the upcoming registration dossier to be submitted for the BIE's approval in November.
The Expo Dubai 2020 team also shared an update on a national campaign to raise awareness and encourage enthusiasm that started in early March with an exhibition of contemporary art to explain and expound on the Expo theme. In addition, there is a road show targeted at younger citizens in universities, featuring specially designed exhibits rolling across the country to enable people to gain a better understanding of values and the true meaning of Expos.

More recently, a design completion for the Expo logo received over 18,000 submissions.

In addition to essential public awareness, Expo organizers have already brought together key leaders of large-scale businesses and SMEs in two distinct events launching the engagement program to senior members of the business community. Attended by more than 250 of the leading firms in the region, these events explained the potential of a World Expo and provided details of the Expo 2020 project.

Expo Antalya 2016 "Flowers and Children"

The organizers of the International Horticultural Exhibition Antalya 2016 started the superstructural works in February 2015. Significant progress has been made in the building of a Congress Centre, Amphitheatres, Logistic Buildings, Indoor Gardens and many other structures.

A significant effort has also been made in the promotion of the Expo. In order to raise the national and international awareness of this event, the Expo Agency took part in 144 activities, such as, fairs, festivals and various meetings between November 2014 and June 2015. As of today, 26 countries have decided to participate in Expo Antalya 2016.

Expo Beijing 2019 « Live Green, Live Better »

At the request of the BIE, Beijing Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau further developed the theme of the Expo from five aspects, namely "Green Development", "Horticulture in Life", "Harmonizing in Harmony", "Education and the Future", and "A Home for the Soul". Five major pavilions, including China Pavilion, the Comprehensive Pavilion, the Performance Center, the Science and Technology Pavilion, and the Flora Pavilion, have been designed and their locations in the Expo Park have already been determined. Considerable efforts in the creation of a legal framework and the protection of intellectual property for the Expo have also been made.

In order to expand the influence of the Expo at home and abroad through the Internet and meet the demand for exhibitors, visitors, and operation managers, the official website of the Beijing Expo 2019 went online on April, 27. Extensive publicity and promotion were carried out during the Week of Beijing in Expo Milano 2015 through a series of activities to make full use of the platform of Expo Milano 2015.

With the aim of providing sound support for Beijing Expo 2019, the city of Beijing initiated the planning and construction of municipal infrastructure including roads and utilities. The municipal infrastructure and transport system plan and implementation program for the Park and surrounding area has been completed and undergone the approval process. The urban construction planning and the adjustment plan for comprehensive land use are basically complete.

Triennale of Milan "21st Century. Design after Design"

After the recognition of the 21st Triennale at the previous BIE General Assembly in November 2014, the official invitation letters were sent by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all BIE member countries. Triennale had a very quick return of interest from a number of Countries, such as, Great Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Korea, Japan, Panama and Singapore. This interest allows to schedule the first international Participants' meeting for September 30.

Speaking of exhibition areas, there will be a total of 18.000 square meters, considering the Triennale building itself and the other premises in Milan and nearby.

The next meeting with upcoming Expos is expected on November 25th, 2015, when the 158th BIE General Assembly will be held.