The UN presence at Expo will inform, inspire and engage visitors to take impactful action towards a thriving future for people and planet.Maher Nasser, Commissioner-General for UN at Expo
Expo 2020 represents an extraordinary opportunity for the United Nations to engage millions of people and create lasting engagement, for action and impact. The UN presence at Expo will invite visitors to engage in the powerful story of the value of multilateralism through the celebration of International Days, thematic weeks and programming in the Opportunity Pavilion.
With the convening power of the United Nations and the universality of its work, the UN programmes will highlight the ideas and experiences that unite us. The UN events, programs, and International Days at Expo will inform, inspire and engage visitors to take impactful action towards a thriving future for people and planet.
Mr. Maher Nasser, Commissioner-General of the United Nations at Expo 2020 and Director for Outreach in the Department of Global Communications, leads the United Nations’ participation at Expo 2020 in Dubai with support from his Deputy Commission-General, Ms. Dena Assaf, Resident Coordinator for the UN in the United Arab Emirates.
Expo 2020 Dubai, being held under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, will open to the public from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
World Expos play a unique role in convening a global stage for new ideas and technologies, engaging people, and spurring support for global priorities across national boundaries. As the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, Expo 2020 will welcome visitors from all over the world.
In February 2019, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres accepted the invitation from the Government of the United Arab Emirates to participate, welcoming it as an opportunity to highlight the positive impact of the United Nations across the globe, and the need for multilateralism to tackle humanity’s biggest challenges.
The United Nations Bookshop online offers a wide variety of United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) themed gifts with an emphasis on recycled and sustainably sourced materials. Explore the Expo 2020 selection today and visit us here. All proceeds from sales support the work of the United Nations.
You can also find Expo stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration here.
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Act Now at Expo
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