Expo 2022/23: Minneapolis welcomes BIE Enquiry Mission

As part of the bidding process for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23, an Enquiry Mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has arrived in Minneapolis. The delegation will assess the bid submitted by the United States of America to organise a Specialised Expo in the city between 15 May and 15 August 2023. It is the first of three such Enquiry Missions, the other two taking place in the next month in the other two candidate countries, Poland and Argentina.

Specialised Expo 2022/23 - United States bid

The Enquiry Mission arrived in Minneapolis on Sunday, 19 March. Members of the Mission will visit the proposed Expo site, receive detailed presentations of the bid project, and will meet and exchange with local officials, lawmakers, the business community and members of civil society. Members of the Enquiry Mission will then travel to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 22 March to meet with representatives of the United States Government.

The BIE delegation includes the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales and Ambassador Jai-chul Choi, Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the BIE and Chairman of the Executive Committee, who chairs the Enquiry Mission.

The task of the Enquiry Mission is to assess and validate the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, a necessary step for the candidature to go further in the selection process. This evaluation will ascertain the United States’ proposals for Expo 2022/23 following the recent submission of its bid dossier.

The bid dossier outlines the candidate’s vision for the Expo and identifies the theme of the proposed Expo in Minnesota as “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All”, a concept that reflects Minnesota’s position as a centre for healthcare and the reputation of the Upper Midwest as one of the healthiest regions in the United States. The proposed Expo would take place on a site near the University of Minnesota, in the centre of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, between 15 May and 15 August 2023. The bid committee forecasts that 12 million visitors would visit the Expo over the three-month period.

Using the bid dossier as a guide, the Enquiry Mission will notably assess the motivations behind the Expo bid, the attractiveness of the proposed Expo theme, the proposed site and its planned re-use after the Expo, levels of local and national support for the project, expected participation, and the financial feasibility plan.

Organisers and Participants fully charged for Expo 2017 Astana

Preparations for Expo 2017 Astana are in the final stretch, after the final International Participants’ Meeting drew to a close, having gathered 326 representatives from 108 participating countries.

The IPM was the third and last of its kind, giving organisers and participants the opportunity to exchange on Expo preparations and iron-out any outstanding issues. Various organisational and logistical topics were discussed during the meeting, including regulations, communications, accreditation and security. Representatives of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, the Expo organiser, gave a detailed presentation of the Expo site, including its architecture, layout and infrastructure.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

The meeting was also an occasion to finalise preparations for the Expo’s cultural programme, including national days and activities. Over 3,000 themed, cultural and entertainment events are scheduled to take place during the 93 days that the Expo will be open. Organisers provided attendees with an update on the organisation and contents of the Future Energy Forum, the Energy Best Practices Area, thematic pavilions and the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan.

Participants in the IPM were given a tour of the 25-hectare Expo site, which is centred around an eight-storey, 80-metre sphere housing the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan and the Museum of Future Energy. As of mid-February, pavilions had been transferred to the first 20 international participants, who have already started to work on their installations.

On the sidelines of the IPM, National Commissioners of BIE Member States met for the first time to elect 22 members of the Steering Committee, which will liaise with organisers before and during the Expo. Romas Jankauskas, the Commissioner of the Pavilion of Lithuania, was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee, which held its constituent session.

In a closing statement, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation at this advanced stage of planning, stating that: “the site, the theme and the international participation all give great potential to this Specialised Expo. Its success is now in the hands of organisers, participants, and of course, the public.”

Applications open for BIE-Cosmos Prize on Future Energy

Applications are now open for the 2017 edition of the BIE-Cosmos Prize, organised in partnership with Expo 2017 Astana. The prize rewards not-for-profit projects from citizens and groups working in fields relating to the theme of the Expo – “Future Energy”.

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Apply for the BIE-Cosmos Prize before 31 March

The prize is open to any not-for-profit project by a citizen or a group that contributes to sustainable energy development, universal access to clean energy, energy security and efficiency, responsible consumption, renewable energy sources, etc. as illustrated by the theme of Expo 2017 Astana “Future Energy”, or which demonstrates a strong potential to do so.

Applications for eligible projects may be submitted by completing the application form, in English or in French, before 31 March 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be selected to present their work and achievements at Expo 2017 Astana. Before the end of the Expo, the winning project will be chosen by a jury, receiving a donation of 20,000 euros.

The BIE-Cosmos Prize is a collaboration between the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Expo ’90 Foundation, which commemorates the International Horticultural Expo 1990 in Osaka, Japan. At each World Expo and Specialised Expo since 2008, the BIE-Cosmos Prize has been awarded to projects linked to the theme of the Expo to encourage citizen participation. Each prize gives financial support to one project whose development is considered part of an Expo’s grassroots legacy.

At World Expo 2015 in Milan, which was organised under the theme “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life”, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the “Nutritious Diet and Sustainable future for Haiti’s Children” project, submitted by non-governmental organisation CESAL.

Expo 2017 is a Specialised Expo being organised in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September. Set to gather over 110 international participants, the Expo is being organised under the theme “Future Energy”, with three subthemes - “Reducing CO2 Emissions”, “Living Energy Efficiency”, and “Energy for All”.

International Participants gather in Astana ahead of Expo 2017

Less than four months before Expo 2017 Astana opens its gates, international participants are gathered in the Palace of Independence in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the third International Participants’ Meeting (IPM). Representatives from 108 countries are taking part in the IPM, which is the last of its kind before the Expo opens on 10 June under the theme “Future Energy”.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

International participants are gathered for two days (22-23 February), during which the host country and Expo officials will present a final vision of the Expo to all international participants. The IPM will include detailed presentations regarding the Expo’s organisation and logistics, as well as question-and-answer sessions, providing organisers and participants with a common platform to exchange as preparations move into the final stretch.

The First Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, addressed delegates at the opening of the meeting, alongside the Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017 NC, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Expo Commissioner, Rapil Zhoshybayev, and the Mayor of Astana, Asset Isekeshev.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, welcomed attendees in an introductory speech, stressing that: “the success of the Expo at this stage of preparations is the shared responsibility of both organisers and participants.” Mr. Loscertales emphasised the importance of the “Future Energy” theme and its resonance across the globe, which is reflected in the high number of international participants.

Expo 2017 Astana will be open between 10 June and 10 September, during which time it is expected to receive 5 million visits. Organised under the theme “Future Energy”, the Expo will take place on a 25-ha site close to the centre of Astana.

Łódź (Poland), Minneapolis (United States) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) submit bid dossiers for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Łódź (Poland), Minneapolis (United States) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) have submitted their bid dossiers for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23 to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The three candidates thus enter the project examination phase of the bidding process.

Bid dossiers are comprehensive documents detailing the Expo project. They are sent to delegates of all BIE Member States and outline the candidate’s vision for the Expo, including the site, the theme, and the planned intellectual and physical legacy. The bid dossiers also lay out projections on visitor numbers, financing, and costs.

The contents of the bid dossiers will be used by representatives from the BIE’s Member States to evaluate the interest of each Expo project. This will serve as the basis, alongside the reports from the BIE Enquiry Mission and presentations from candidates, for each Member State’s decision when the Expo host is elected at the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE in November 2017.

During the project examination phase, the BIE will study each bid dossier before carrying out Enquiry Missions to each candidate city in order to evaluate the feasibility and viability of each Expo project.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that each bid dossier will be carefully examined by the BIE ahead of the Enquiry Missions. Mr. Loscertales added: “the development of the theme is particularly important in the framework of a Specialised Expo bid. It constitutes the essence of the Expo, bringing global attention to a precise challenge facing humanity.”

Poland: Mr. Paweł Lewandowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland and Ms. Hanna Zdanowska, the Mayor of the City of Łódź, with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

Poland’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022 under the theme “City Re:Invented.”

United States of America: Mr. David A. Loehr, Principal, HGA Architects and Engineers with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

The United States’ bid is for a Specialised Expo in Minneapolis between 15 May and 15 August 2023 under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.” The United States is not a Member State of the BIE.*

Argentina: Ms. Patricia Pècora, Chief of Staff of the Authority of Federal System of Media & Public Contents (Sistema Federal de Medios y Contenidos Públicos, SFMCP) with the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

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 the Human Development.”

*In accordance with BIE regulations, Member States must be given priority over non-Member States