Expo 2020 Dubai organizers and members of the steering committee from participating countries said that they are considering postponing the event year, in light of the impact of the new Corona virus “Covid 19” on the world.
Expo 2020 Dubai held a second “remote” meeting for its steering committee, with representatives of the countries participating in the international event, as part of the ongoing consultations on the impact of “Covid-19” on the world’s preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai.
The participating countries informed the Steering Committee of the precautionary measures taken by the countries of the world to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in preparing for the huge international event.
The Steering Committee also reviewed with great interest the impact of the spread of “Covid-19” on public health, society and the world economy.
Members reaffirmed their solidarity with the international community, as the committee examines the implications of this unprecedented global crisis.
The organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai also reaffirmed the commitment of the United Arab Emirates to work hand in hand with international partners to organize an international Expo that faithfully reflects the purpose for which it was established, and that is to be a comprehensive international forum to address common challenges and seek solutions to those challenges in a spirit of cooperation International and Solidarity.
These conditions reinforce the need for Expo 2020 as an international forum, more than ever.
The committee agreed on the request of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, which is the intergovernmental organization responsible for the International Expo, to study the issue of postponing the opening of Expo 2020 for a period of one year within the applicable legal framework.
The International Bureau of Exhibitions will now work with member states and organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai to consider changing appointments, and the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau alone has the right to make the final decision on the postponement.
Article 28 of the Convention of the International Bureau of Exhibitions stipulates that for any amendment of the dates, the two-thirds majority of the Member States is required to vote.
Regarding this decision, Reem Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Affairs and Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai office, said that the situation is developing rapidly in the world, and its developments cannot be predicted, during the past weeks, and we have been constantly consulting with the main stakeholders in the UAE and the world, To review the impact of “Covid-19″ on our plans and equipment for Expo 2020 Dubai.
Minister Al Hashemi affirmed the commitment of all parties steadfastly to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai, and that many countries were greatly affected by Coved-19, and then these countries expressed their need to postpone the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai for a year, allowing them to overcome this challenge, and I listened They have the Emirates and Expo 2020 Dubai.
She added, “In the spirit of solidarity and unity, we supported the proposal to request a one-year delay issue during today’s Steering Committee meeting. We look forward to welcoming the world, who are fully confident that this challenge will increase it strength and resolve after overcoming it, and we will adhere to the legal procedures of the International Bureau of Exhibitions and the decision of the date of establishment Expo 2020 Dubai, and our collective commitment remains steadfast and strong to organize an international Expo that responds to the requirements of the stage that humanity is going through and responds to our common and urgent priorities. ”
She reiterated that the UAE believes that “humanity needs to unite now more than ever in light of this global challenge, in order to remember what unites us. This remains the common aspiration of all participants in this version of the International Expo.”
For his part, Dimitri Kreknitz, Secretary-General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, welcomed the approach of the organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai and the recommendations of the Steering Committee, stressing that the world faces exceptional and unprecedented circumstances, and we all expect challenges to continue in the coming months, and the agreement of the organizer and members of the Expo 2020 Steering Committee Dubai today is considering options to delay the launch of the Expo for a year, which is welcome. ”
According to the Paris Agreement of 1928, any decision regarding the International Expo must be taken through cooperation and agreed upon collectively through the vote of the member states of the International Exhibitions Bureau.
The Secretary-General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions added that the office will go ahead in overseeing the process so that it is in line with the rules and regulations of the International Exhibitions Office agreement, saying: I am sure that we will together overcome the challenges brought about by this global crisis, and the UAE’s decision to support the postponement for the year One is based on realism, openness, and commitment to present an event that lives up to our common aspiration, and we are all confident in the UAE’s ability to host an international Expo that inspires and delights millions at the right time.
Byung-Oh Kwon, CEO of the Korean Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and Commissioner-General of the Republic of Korea at Expo 2020 Dubai, said seeing all participants in Expo 2020 Dubai meeting with a strong message of solidarity and support is very encouraging, stressing that the International Expo is the event Where the world meets to display the best of humanity, and in this difficult time in many places, it is more important than ever for this event to come to light in the best possible way and at the right time. We value the organizers’ proactive approach and their full support.
Eric Lannquet, the Commissioner-General of France at Expo 2020 Dubai, said that he commends the organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE for their openness, active participation and support for the participants in these exceptional circumstances that we all face. Bringing humanity together to celebrate all that unites us will be more necessary than ever after this pandemic has receded, and we remain fully committed to doing our part in making this World Expo truly unforgettable, allowing everyone to experience and enjoy it. Therefore, we fully agree with the collective decision taken today to consider our best options as the Expo family.
“We can see the best of humanity around the world, as people work together to save lives and contain this virus,” said Dr. Malik Diop, Commissioner-General of Senegal at Expo 2020 Dubai. The World Expo is about the best that humanity can offer. We look forward to meeting in Dubai when the conditions are right to celebrate what I trust will be an unprecedented international event.
Dodi Edward, Commissioner-General of Indonesia at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Expo International is a place where the world meets. After a year in which the climate of isolation and social separation has clouded, you can imagine how the world will be eager to continue humanity and its cooperation in 2021. Indonesia hopes that the General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions will agree to the postponement, and we can all look forward to a better and brighter tomorrow in 2021.
“If the General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions decides to postpone, this decision will give us an additional year to make this version of the International Expo more inspiring,” said Justin McGowan, Commissioner-General of Australia at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Within a year, the world will be a completely different place, and the Expo will be an opportunity to highlight our capabilities and our vision for the future. At the moment, we need to direct our energies to something else.
Expo 2020 Dubai organizers will continue to assess the situation and consult closely with all stakeholders in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates and the world.