France supports decision to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai

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Through its Commissioner General at the 2020 Dubai Universal Exhibition, France supported the decision to postpone the event for one year, which will now take place from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

This postponement was officially announced by Expo 2020 Dubai and should be approved by the International Exhibition Bureau, BIE, on May 29, 2020.

The France Pavilion, with the support of the Compagnie Française des Expositions, COFREX, the organization responsible for organizing France’s participation in international and world exhibitions, and its partners, invite visitors to share their ambition, renewed in October 2021. The postponement of one year will give France the opportunity to reinvent its pavilion to better respond to the current global challenge of innovative mobility solutions, respectful of the environment and user-oriented.

France, through its Commissioner General at the 2020 Universal Exhibition in Dubai, has expressed support for the decision taken by more than two thirds of the member states of the BIE and the organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai; a reasonable and responsible step in these uncertain times. This decision aims to ensure that the millions of visitors expected at the Expo can enjoy the event in the best conditions.

The goal of a world fair is to raise awareness and work to solve the biggest challenges we face today. Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is now more important than ever. All nations will come together for six months to brainstorm, propose and implement concrete solutions in the service of humanity. Given the current health crisis, this theme is no longer a suggestion, but a priority.

France will echo this need, using the France Pavilion to show how French innovation can play a role in achieving this goal. This international event will provide France with a platform to present its actions and innovations with new mobility solutions that respect the environment and are user-oriented.

“I recognize this responsible decision, which is the most appropriate given the current international health crisis and demonstrates a collective will to keep everyone safe and in good health. Thanks to COFREX’s actions and with the support of our sponsors, France’s participation will have even more impact, “said Erik Linquier, general commissioner of the France Pavilion at the 2020 Dubai World Expo and president of COFREX.

Sponsors of the French Pavilion welcomed the decision to postpone the event and confirmed their support by continuing to participate in the French Pavilion.

The Executive Committee of the International Exhibition Bureau (BIE) has unanimously decided to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Since changing the dates of an exhibition requires the support of a two-thirds majority of the member states of the IBE (Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928), the General Assembly will now be called upon to vote on the recommendation of the Executive Committee. Voting will take place at a distance between Friday April 24 and Friday May 29.

Committee members – delegates from 12 member states elected by the IBE General Assembly – met almost Tuesday to consider the date change requested by the United Arab Emirates. This request was made after a meeting of the Expo 2020 Steering Committee in Dubai on March 30, during which the participating countries expressed their need to postpone the opening of the Expo in order to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. of COVID-19.

The Executive Committee unanimously recommended approving the UAE’s request to postpone the exhibition and maintain the name “Expo 2020 Dubai”.

In view of the practical impossibility of holding a General Assembly, Member States will be invited to vote remotely before Friday, May 29.

The Executive Committee of the International Exhibition Bureau (BIE) has unanimously decided to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Since changing the dates of an exhibition requires the support of a two-thirds majority of the member states of the IBE (Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928), the General Assembly will now be called upon to vote on the recommendation of the Executive Committee. Voting will take place at a distance between Friday April 24 and Friday May 29.

Committee members – delegates from 12 member states elected by the IBE General Assembly – met almost Tuesday to consider the date change requested by the United Arab Emirates. This request was made after a meeting of the Expo 2020 Steering Committee in Dubai on March 30, during which the participating countries expressed their need to postpone the opening of the Expo in order to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. of COVID-19.

WAM



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