United Nations @ Expo 2020 Dubai
1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022

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.

The UN will host events and activities within the Opportunity Pavilion and in connection to the International Days observed during Expo 2020 in collaboration with Member states and other partners. Live events will engage visitors with the work of the UN through workshops, performances and installations as well as through dialogues and conversations around topics related to SDGs and beyond. On 24 October 2021, the UN will celebrate United Nations Day at Expo, engaging visitors to take action for a world where everyone thrives in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.

To showcase the value of coming together and international cooperation, the UN programme of events and activities during Expo will reflect the work of a variety of United Nations entities and our strong partnerships with our Member States, the private sector and civil society – to accelerate action for the Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs and a sustainable and just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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Take Action Now

Individuals

ActNow is the UN campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability. Every one of us can help limit global warming and take care of our planet. By changing our habits and making choices that have less harmful effects on the environment, we can tackle the climate emergency and build a more sustainable world.

Businesses

Step up and commit your business to set science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Sign the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment letter and join the visionary corporate leaders taking ambitious climate action.

Non-Business Organisations

Commit to implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by signing and submitting an entry letter to the UN Secretary-General.

Act Now

ActNow is the United Nations campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability. Every one of us can help limit global warming and take care of our planet. By changing our habits and making choices that have less harmful effects on the environment, we can tackle the climate emergency and build a more sustainable world.

SDGs: Decade of Action

The Sustainable Development Goals — our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world — are gaining global momentum. With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.

International Days

farmers on mountain side in rice field

World Food Day

As countries around the world suffer the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Food Day is launching a call for global solidarity to help the most vulnerable people to recover and make food systems more sustainable and resilient to shocks.

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United Nations Day

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

 

World Cities Day

World Cities Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.