Expo 2020 reveals its Programme for People and Planet,
rallying the global community to become agents of change
- 10 Theme Weeks and 18 International Days to explore issues of global significance
- Programme will leave lasting and impactful legacy of change for people and planet
- Expo’spartners, participants and visitors called to join the making of a new world
DUBAI, 9August 2021 – Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed the calendar for its Programme for People and Planet, anextraordinaryschedule of events, experiences, thought-leadership and public conversations that aims to find solutions for some of the most pressing problems facing our world.
Designed with and for the global community, the Programme for People and Planet will harness the connecting power of World Expos to catalysea legacy of transformative change.
The Programme for People and Planet will run across the entire six months of Expo 2020, anchored by 10 Theme Weeks and 18 International Days,each of which explore keyissues of global significance. Through the Theme Weeks, participants will investigate solutions to criticalglobal challenges,ranging from mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss and making human habitats more sustainable, to bridging the digital divide and ensuring equal access to education and healthcare.
More than 220 events will take place as part of the programme, from large forums and public conventions, to seminars and workshops. Expo 2020’s signature platform for connecting minds,the World Majlis series will play a prominent role, with 53 individual sessions set to engage visitorsover the course of the six months.
Underpinned by the themes of technology and innovation, youthand women and girls’ empowerment, the Programme for People and Planet will assemble an unparalleled array of perspectives, fostering exchanges of impactful ideas between leading experts (including wildlife advocate Dame Jane Goodall,Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit, and Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and the woman behind the Emirates Mars Mission), the 191 nations participating in Expo 2020, as well as business leaders, grassroots actors, and the wider global community.
Unlocking bold aspirations to shape a healthier, safer, cleaner and more equitable future for all, the programme will demonstrate that each and every one of Expo 2020’s partners, participants and visitors, whether attending Expo physically or participating remotely via virtual and digital channels, can – and must – become an agent of change.
Nadia Verjee, Chief of Staff, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Sitting at the heart of our World Expo, and taking place at a moment in time that could not be more urgent or opportune, the Programme for People and Planet is the manifestation of ourtheme and purpose, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating The Future’. It will not only form an essential part of our event-time activities, but willalso catalyse a one-of-a-kind movement to shapethe legacy that Expo 2020 leaves the world,long after we close our doors, resulting in a meaningful and measurable impact for generations to come.”
The Programme for People and Planet reflects challenges and opportunities facing not just the decision-makers of today, but all 7.8 billion people living on this planet. Five tracks cut across the programme, forming a rich tapestry of exciting events that explore the 10 Theme Weeks throughdistinct lenses:
Expo’s cultural track,Build Bridges,will break down boundaries, harnessing the power of storytelling, art and music to foster intercultural dialogue and knowledge exchange.
Expo’s social-development track, Leave No One Behind, will spotlight the importance of opportunity for all, asking the question: what can we do today to create a more equitable tomorrow? This track will also have a particular focus on gender equality and last-mile communities at risk of marginalisation.
Climate change is the most serious threat facing our planet – the actions we take now will impact the environment we leave for future generations. TheLive in Balance track will focus on how the global community can work together to restore balance with the planet.
At a time of global economic change, the Thrive Together track concentrates on tangible business opportunities. It puts the prospect of robust and resilient growth, and productive partnerships, at the centre of Expo 2020.
Fifty years ago, the Founding Fathers of the UAE conceived a bold vision to carve out a new future for their people. Thefifth track, Vision 2071, focuses on the future and how anything is possible if we – the global community– work together.
Visitors to Expo 2020 will also be able to explore the topics raised in the Programme for People and Planet by embarking on a curated Visitor Journey. Aligned with the 10 Theme Weeks, these self-guided tours will be available on the Expo 2020 app and will allow visitors to discover the different ways in which countries, businesses and other organisations are responding to the key challenges we are facing as a global community.
Running from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 and coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, Expo 2020 will bring the world together, fostering an open, global dialogue that looks to the future and addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our world today. Millions of visitors from across the globe will be invited to join the making of a new world, learning how we can ensure a future that is fair and inclusive for all, andcreating a global movement that will leave a lasting legacy of positive change.
About Expo 2020 Dubai
From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.
- With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges
- Expo 2020 will be the biggest cultural gathering in the world, presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
- Expo 2020’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
- For six months, Expo 2020 will be a must-visit family destination, with thousands of events, amazing exploratory experiences, and free entry for children up to age 18
- Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts
- Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South
- Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – a model global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors
How to cover Expo 2020 Dubai in person at event time or report on the event remotely
To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited.
To kick off your journey with Expo 2020, please ensure that you:
1. Register to access our Media Information System, Tawassul at https://media.expo2020dubai.com.
Tawassul is regularly updated, providing the latest content assets, including press releases, photographs, audio and video, the electronic media kit, and information on broadcast and photography operations. It also provides you with important information and updates on facilities and services such as media accreditation, visa information for international accredited media, and permits. Access to other media-related systems (Media Asset Management System and Media Bookings System), which will be launched in Q2 2021, will only be permitted to accredited media (see below). Information about these systems can be found on Tawassul.
2. Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest.
Within this expression of interest, please appoint an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) from within your organisation who will act as the single point of contact with Expo 2020 for media accreditation. Following this, approved media organisations will be provided login details and instructions for the accreditation system to enable them to submit applications.
For support, contact Expo 2020 Dubai’s Media Services team at email@example.com or +971 (0)56 689 2101.
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About World Expos
In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.
World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.
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