18/11/2017

Welcome to Expo Milano

What is the Expo?

 

The Expo is a non-commercial Universal Exposition (not a trade fair) organized by the nation which wins the candidature, with other countries participating through the diplomatic channels of the hosting nation.

 

The first Expo was held in London in 1851 and was such a success that other nations were encouraged to organize similar events like the Paris Expo in 1889 for which the Eiffel Tower was designed and built.

 

Each Expo has a universal theme and is held in an area which has been masterminded as a place of exchange and encounter to promote a unique experience for participants and visitors who discover and experiment with the theme. More than displaying major technological novelties the Expo’s role is oriented towards interpreting the collective challenges to which mankind is asked to respond.

 

The international organization which regulates the frequency, quality and progress of the event is the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) set up under an international convention which was signed in Paris in 1928. Currently some 157 nations are BIE members.


International & Universal ExposInternational & Universal Expos

 

Right from the start the BIE identified two different categories of expositions: Universal Expos and International Expos which differ as follows:

Universal Expo:

Frequency: every 5 years
Duration: at least 6 months
Expo site: there are no limitations
Theme: general interest (the entire range of human experiences)

 

International Expo:

Frequency: in the intervals between two Universal Expos
Duration: at least 3 months
Expo site at least 25 hectares
Theme: specialized

The Milan Candidacy

  • On 31st March 2008 the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) members met in Paris and chose Milan for the 2015 Universal Exposition with 86 votes against the 65 votes of its rival Smirne.

 

The challenge to bring the Expo to Italy began in October 2003 when the Italian government decided to put Milan forward as a candidate to host this major international event with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The rival city was the Turkish city of Smirne.

 

There were fundamental milestone along the path that led to Milan’s victory: the presentation of the Dossier detailing the project, the theme forums focusing on the proposed themes, and the foreign missions to persuade countries to back Milan’s project. The teamwork and commitment at all levels saw Milan win the day with a 21-vote lead. But this was just the first step in a new challenge: turning the Expo 2015 into a unique and extraordinary event.

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