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Specialised Expo 2022/23

Three countries are candidates to host Specialised Expo 2022/23: the Republic of Poland (in Łódź), the United States of America (in Minneapolis) and the Republic of Argentina (in Buenos Aires).


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 next Specialised Expo will take place between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the theme “Future Energy”.


Candidature 2022/23


The project examination phase for Specialised Expo 2022 will take place over the next few months. Each project will be presented to the General Assembly of the BIE on 14 June 2017. The host country will be elected by the 170 Member States of the BIE at the subsequent General Assembly in November 2017.

Minneapolis, USA

The United States of America's bid is for a Specialised Expo in the city of Minneapolis between 13 May and 13 August 2023 under the theme "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well-Being for All".

All information is provided by the candidate.

1. Proposed Theme

The United States’ project for Expo 2023 will focus on health and healing because:

• Many serious threats to personal and public health and wellness are global, from the obesity crisis to the spread of Zika, necessitating increased international collaboration in research, prevention, detection, and treatment. Expo 2023 in Minnesota would play a crucial role in fostering broader cooperation between and among public and private participants engaged in international health issues.

• Important innovations in how wellness and well-being are promoted are made every day by individuals, companies, and research centres around the world. Minnesota’s project is that Expo 2023 would accelerate the sharing of these innovations and other best practices on a global basis.

• Healthcare is the largest expense for many families and nations, estimated at 6 trillion US dollars globally by the OECD. Expo 2023 in Minnesota would provide an on-going forum – from 2018-2023 – to promote global information sharing on cost-effective best practices to ensure wellness and well-being for all.

• Minnesota is home to the United States’ top hospital – Mayo Clinic; the world’s largest health insurance company – United Health; the world’s largest medical device company – Medtronic; and one of the largest and most innovative human, animal, and ecological health research institutions in the world – the University of Minnesota. These leadership institutions reflect investments made by many generations of Minnesotans, both indigenous and immigrants, in private and public actions to promote personal and public health. Expo 2023 in Minnesota would provide concrete examples of long-term benefits of public and private investments in wellness and well-being.

2. Proposed Site

In its candidature project, the United States plans to organise Expo 2023 in Minneapolis, near the geographical centre of the metropolitan region. Historically, the site was used for grain storage and rail yards. The Mississippi River flows just one kilometre from the proposed site for Expo 2023. Currently, the site has unused remnants of rail lines, unused grain silos as well as active academic facilities.

This site is extensively connected to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul regional public transit system with several light rail stops and four major public bus lines located along the proposed Expo 2023 site. This public transit system received the 2016 Best American Transit System award and forms the backbone for connectivity to airports, rail stations, museums, concert halls, theatres, the Mall of America, sport stadiums and other attractions for both local and international visitors.

Over 90 percent of the proposed Expo 2023 site is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, near the historic neighbourhood of Prospect Park. Community-based initiatives currently guide adjacent development and strongly reinforce the proposed Expo’s themes of health and wellness. The University of Minnesota, one of the largest research universities in the United States, provides important opportunities for alignment and synergy with the proposed Expo, such as concurrent healthcare-related professional conferences and events. The site will be a net zero energy and a net zero waste district with highly integrated bicycle accessibility that will advance the health, sustainability and wellness for event participants. A prominently located national pavilion will be converted after the Expo into a signature legacy medical technology museum.

3. About Minneapolis

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is positioned to lead the world in solving its most important challenges. With more than 3.5 million residents, it is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live, for safety, for parks, for live theatre, for cleanliness, for working women, for fitness and for many other categories.

It has one of the United States’ lowest unemployment rates and highest rates for literacy and graduation. It is home to the University of Minnesota with 50,000 students, 25 past Nobel Prize recipients, and 7,000 international students from 135 countries.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul has more Fortune 500 companies per capita and second most live theatre seats per capita in the United States. It is a banking, insurance, transportation and high technology hub for the U.S. It has a nationally renowned park and recreational system with more than 55,000 hectares of parkland and 950 lakes within the metro area.