BIE to approve Expo 2020 delay after reaching two-thirds vote

Two-thirds majority vote has already been reached despite 29 May deadline

The General Assembly has reached two-thirds of the majority for a change in date
Expo 2020 Dubai
The General Assembly has reached two-thirds of the majority for a change in date

The organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), has confirmed that it set to approve the postponement of the World Fair for 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022 following the required two-thirds majority vote from the General Assembly being surpassed.

In a statement from the BIE, they said that on the proposal of the Executive Committee, the General Assembly of the BIE began voting remotely on 24 April and will continue until 29 May.

It added that BIE regulations stipulate that a two-thirds majority of Member States holding the right to vote is required for the dates of an Expo to be changed.

Members of the Committee – delegates of 12 Member States elected by the BIE’s General Assembly – met virtually last month to examine the date change requested by the UAE Government.

It was made after a meeting of the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee on 30 March, in which participating countries expressed the need to postpone Expo’s opening in order to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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