BIE to take final call for Expo 2020 Dubai postponement

Expo 2020 Dubai to work with The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to explore ‘one-year postponement’

Expo 2020 Dubai has released a statement following its second steering committee meeting
Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai has released a statement following its second steering committee meeting

Officials from Expo 2020 Dubai have confirmed that the The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will work with its Member States and event organisers to establish a change in dates.

Expo 2020 Dubai's Steering Committee met virtually today and collectively agreed to explore with the BIE, the World Expo governing body, the possibility of a one-year delay to the opening of Expo 2020.

A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIE’s Executive Committee and the General Assembly. Article 28 of the BIE Convention stipulates that a change of dates requires a two-thirds majority vote from Member States of the organisation.

Commenting on the decision, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “While they remain firmly committed to Expo 2020, many countries have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and they have therefore expressed a need to postpone the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge.

She added: “The UAE and Expo 2020 Dubai have listened. And in the spirit of solidarity and unity, we supported the proposal to explore a one year postponement at today’s Steering Committee meeting.

"We will follow due BIE processes on making the decision to delay Expo 2020. We remain firm in our collective commitment to deliver an Expo that’s true to its time and to our shared, urgent priorities.”

Meanwhile, Secretary General of BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, has welcomed the decision to explore options for a one-year delay.

“Today’s agreement by the organiser and the members of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Steering Committee to explore options for a one-year delay to the opening of the World Expo is welcome.

“In the spirit and in accordance with the Paris Convention of 1928, any decision on the World Expo needs to be collaborative and agreed upon collectively in a vote of the countries that form the BIE. We will move forward in supervising the process to follow in accordance with the rules and regulations of the BIE convention.”

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