Member States of the BIE elected Japan as the host country of World Expo 2025 during the 164th General Assembly of the BIE on 23 November 2018. Expo 2025 will take place in Osaka under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.
World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. Their themes 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”.
The Government of the State wishing to organise World Expo 2025, known officially as an International Registered Exhibition, must submit its application to the BIE mentioning the proposed theme, the proposed dates, the duration of the Expo, a guarantee of the fulfilment of its obligations, and the legal status of the organisers.
To apply for World Expos, candidates must submit their applications between 6 and 9 years before the proposed opening dates of the Expo.
After one country has submitted its application to the BIE, all other countries wishing to organise World Expo 2025 have six months to submit their own bids. Thus, following the application of France submitted to the BIE on 22 November 2016, the candidate list remained open until 22 May 2017 at 6pm (Paris time).
There must be at least 15 years between any two Expos organised in the same country. If the Government submitting the application is not the organiser of the Expo, it must officially recognise the organisers and guarantee the fulfilment of their obligations.
After the candidature phase, all candidates present a bid dossier based on defined specifications. These bid dossiers will be used as the basis for the work of BIE Enquiry Missions that will be carried out in candidate countries.
Enquiry Missions are carried out by the BIE in each candidate city. These missions will assess the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, the political and social climate of the candidate country and city, and the support of relevant parties (government, local authorities and citizens) for the project.
The following elements are evaluated:
The results of the Enquiry Missions are compiled in a report, reviewed by the Executive Committee of the BIE and forwarded with advice to the General Assembly. The Members States are asked to approve or not the recommendations of the Executive Committee, based on each Enquiry Mission report, on whether each project should be considered viable or not and allowed to progress to the final vote at the following General Assembly. Once approved, the report forms the basis of evaluation by BIE Member States during the vote.
In order to garner support for their Expo project, candidate countries carry out international campaigns as soon as they have submitted their bid to host an Expo.
During each General Assembly of the BIE held between the submission of the bid and the final vote, candidate countries have the opportunity to present their Expo project to delegates.
At the end of the project examination phase, BIE Member States will vote for the host country of Expo 2025 in a secret ballot at the 164th General Assembly of the BIE due to be held in November 2018.
The selection criteria are based on the feasibility and the viability of the Expo project as determined by the Enquiry Mission, as well as the appeal of the proposed Expo theme and whether it allows for the participation of each country in the Expo. Member States also take into consideration their bilateral relations with the candidate countries when considering their vote.
Each Member State has one vote, and Member States are given priority over non-Member States for the organisation of an Expo. In the absence of a bid from a Member State, bids from non-Member States require a two thirds majority in any round of voting to secure the right to organise the Expo.
Following the vote, the future host country will work with the BIE to formalise its World Expo project and will submit a definitive implementation plan, known as a registration dossier. This dossier needs to be submitted to the BIE at least five years before the opening date of the Expo, so that it can be registered by the General Assembly.
Dates:3 May – 3 November 2025
Theme:Designing Future Society for Our Lives
Japan’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Osaka between 3 May and 3 November 2025 under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.
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The proposed overarching theme of the Expo, “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” is supported by two subthemes:
It aims to focus on is human lives.
The theme would call on each and every individual to think about their own aspirations and empower them to realise their full potential and push forward the worldwide effort to create a sustainable society that embraces all such aspirations.
It aligns with global efforts to tackle the common international community issues outlined in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within three specific focus areas: Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, and Connecting Lives. A pivotal step in achieving these goals will be the actualisation of Society 5.0, Japan’s catalysing initiative to empower individuals to confront head-on the issues of the times, by leveraging the technological breakthroughs in the Internet of Things, AI, robotics and big data, among others. Expo 2025 Osaka would be a place to co-create a sustainable society that can support the aspirations of all through the sharing of new ideas from each participant.
Osaka, Kansai has a world-class transportation infrastructure. The city is serviced by three major airports, numerous large seaports, and connected to the rest of Japan through a network of immaculate superhighways and world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains. Access for both domestic and international guests could not be easier.
An analysis of the expected approximately 28 million visitors and resulting accommodation requirements, together with plans for new construction and assumptions for the demand of other visitors, demonstrates that Osaka-Kansai’s accommodation would be more than sufficient. Even at peak visiting periods, there would be room to spare in nearby hotels.
The venue itself, Yumeshima Island (which literally translates as dream island) is a man-made island owned by Osaka City. This allows authorities total freedom to design and develop the infrastructure required for an optimal Expo experience.
With its captivating views of the Seto Inland Sea, its continuous light breeze, and its proximity to central Osaka—only 20 to 30 minutes from downtown—Yumeshima Island would live up to its name as a dream venue for the Expo.
The Kansai region, with Osaka as its hub, is a region with a daring spirit to challenge, a rich culture that blends the traditional with the modern, and advanced life-sciences technologies as well as other fields.
The city has borne many unique ideas and inventions, like instant ramen, karaoke, and conveyor-belt sushi that have had great, long-lasting benefits to the daily lives of many.
For more than 1,600 years, the Kansai region, which includes the cities of Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto, was home to Japan’s capital. Nara was called the Eastern-most stop on the fabled Silk Road, serving as a gateway to ideas and influences from the world.
Astoundingly, half of Japan’s National Treasures, and 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in the Kansai region.
Osaka, Kansai has been recognised one of the world’s safest, most secure and liveable cities.
Dates:2 May – 2 November 2025
Theme:Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations
Russia’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Ekaterinburg between 2 May and 2 November 2025 under the theme “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations”.
Accessible technologies - New Reality - Human progress - Shared Future
The proposed theme for World Expo 2025 Ekaterinburg is "Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations". It expresses the global need for a renewed and responsible reflection on our world and the challenges we face. It does so by focusing on Humanity and Innovation as interlinked drivers to improve the Quality of Life. It addresses the universal phenomenon of innovative development and progress that affect human existence throughout the world.
The theme is presented as a unique opportunity to explore and reflect on the living social process, dominated by continuous technological change. In this regard, Expo 2025 Ekaterinburg would be a critical platform to study, analyse and interpret the conceptual triad of People, Innovation and Quality of Life. Balancing each constituent part of this triad is a difficult task and depends on the approach taken, while the result shapes the path our world will take.
Today, technology, trade interests and commercial pressures often become the driving framework for geopolitical decision-making. Thus the relevance of the theme to our world across so many fields cannot be overstated. Understanding Innovation’s implications for the future is part of the core mission of Expo 2025 Ekaterinburg.
The theme presents revolutionary ideas in many spheres. It would bring together researchers, innovators, policymakers and entrepreneurs to discuss the future impact of innovative technologies.
The theme opens up a dialogue to explore the changes and economic impacts that Innovation produces. The Innovation process itself — and its technological base — affects all fundamental aspects of our lives across every field.
The proposed 555 ha. World Expo site is situated in the western part of Ekaterinburg, just 3km from the city centre and close to the symbolic border between Europe and Asia, which lies within the city. The Expo Site would house 103 pavilions, with 147 countries expected to participate.
The site was chosen due to its close location to the city centre, ensuring its infrastructural availability and accessibility. The site’s landscape highlights the Urals’ distinctive colours and beautiful natural surroundings, adjoining the Verkh-Isetsky pond to the north and a rolling forest to the west. To the east and south, the site borders with residential areas and the city infrastructure.
During the Expo, all kinds of entertainment, cultural and recreational activities would be arranged at newly-built venues around the embankment, the main ones being the Amphitheatre, the Concert Hall, the Expo Arena and the Multimedia Playground & Cinema.
Creating the most efficient, modern and innovative world event with the hosting of Expo 2025 Ekaterinburg would mean ensuring the best, distraction-free experience for its participants and visitors. Ekaterinburg would provide all visitors with world-class accommodation, which would become a sustainable social legacy for generations of citizens after the end of the Expo.
An Expo village would be built next to the Expo site. It would open its doors to visitors from all over the world even before the event starts. After it ends, the housing would become part of the Expo’s long lasting legacy and home to citizens of Sverdlovsk Oblast.
Ekaterinburg is located in the central part of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia. The city is located on the eastern slope of the Ural Mountains, in the valley of the Iset River, a tributary of the Tobol River. Ekaterinburg municipality covers an area of 1,143 ha.
The central location of the city has determined its key role in the European-Asian transport and trade system, which has contributed to the development of Ekaterinburg as a major centre of transport, distribution, trading and intermediation on both a regional and international level.
Its favourable economic and geographical position and high potential in terms of industry, academia, labour, engineering and culture enables Ekaterinburg to perform important geopolitical functions.
Today, Ekaterinburg is more than just a major transportation hub and a modern industrial metropolis. It also stands at the forefront of scientific and medical progress, actively engaging in research and innovation. The city’s medical facilities are traditionally known for providing exceptional healthcare services.
Dates:10 May - 10 November 2025
Theme:Developing human capital, building a better future
Azerbaijan’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Baku between 10 May and 10 November 2025 under the theme “Developing human capital, building a better future”.
Azerbaijan’s proposed theme for World Expo 2025 in Baku, "Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future", is of global importance and impacts all continents, countries and communities.
Human capital is humanity’s collective potential. It is the sum of its creativity and knowledge; its talent and experience; its ingenuity and promise.
Azerbaijan’s vision for Expo 2025 is an exploration of how fulfilling human potential could be applied across all aspects of society. It is a theme for all nations and all people.
The three supporting subthemes focus on three contemporary challenges – Vitality: the Future of Health; Talent: the Future of Education; and Achievement: the Future of Work – align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Vitality: The ability to grow, work and live a long, meaningful and healthy life is a fundamental human right and the foundation for all achievement. Expo 2025 Baku would share a fresh perspective into how human capital can flourish when people have healthy minds, bodies and environments and live a purposeful existence.
Talent: The possibilities for innovation are limitless - but are only attainable through nurturing education and developing skills. Expo 2025 Baku would offer the opportunity to increase global understanding of the many ways to maximise human potential in all areas of achievement.
Achievement: In a world of automation, how can human capital be redefined? What does that mean for the future as people scrutinise the meaning of being ‘gainfully employed’? Expo 2025 Baku would offer participants to address what achievement means on a personal, community and global level.
Comprising 295 ha. of undeveloped land, the proposed site is located between two growing suburbs and would accelerate existing development plans to expand the city of Baku eastwards.
When viewed from above, the site design would resemble an eight-pointed star, the national emblem of Azerbaijan. The intricate, geometric patterns of the plazas and leisure spaces take inspiration from the country’s world-renowned carpets. Communal spaces and thematic boulevards would create an environment where the theme could be considered through individual thought, collective action and international interconnection.
Following Expo 2025 Baku, proposed legacy plans for the site include affordable housing, civic amenities and an urban park for people to live, work and play. 250,000 trees would be planted to enhance the local biodiversity. The Azerbaijan National Pavilion would become a national museum, teaching visitors about achievements in developing human capital, while Expo 2025 Baku itself would stimulate growth and achievement for the country through opportunities in the areas of education, work and investment.
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is one of the largest cities in the Eastern European region and has a population of over 2 million. For centuries, Baku has been a commercial, cultural and political bridge between East and West, North and South.
With architecture combining historical heritage and contemporary innovation, Baku is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is an attractive destination for tourists seeking cultural, historical, architectural and gastronomic experiences and enjoys extensive international transportation connections.
Baku is a global centre for intercultural dialogue and cooperation, regularly bringing together political, cultural and religious leaders from around the world. Baku has a proven record of hosting international events including the Eurovision Song Contest, the inaugural European Games, the Islamic Solidarity Games, and the annual Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix race. In 2020, Baku will host group stage and quarter-finals for the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.