Programme and Events

The United Nations participation at Expo is focused on programming that champions international cooperation and the SDGs for the Decade of Action, in the UN Hub at Expo, as well as across the UN International Days, thematic weeks and the Global Goals week being observed as part of the People and Planet Programme organized by Expo. Stay tuned for more and connect via @UN_UAE #UNHub


You can find detailed information about Expo’s Programme for People and Planet.


Previous Expo Events

Opening Ceremony

You can watch Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening ceremony, which took place on 1 October.

World Food Day

On 16 October 2021, World Food Day at Expo was observed with a variety of events, co-curated by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

UN Day at Expo

On 24 October 2021, Expo observed United Nations Day as an Honor Day with a variety of official events. This included an official ceremony at the Al Wasl Dome and an exciting cultural performance by theEmirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), a unique group of young musicians in the UAE and the Arab world at large, devoted to cultivating the musical talent of young people, by creating a cultural and artistic environment for young talents for audiences of all ages. The ceremony took place on the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Dome, with the presence of high-level government officials from the United Arab Emirates. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed joined the ceremony in person and gave opening remarks to commemorate the global efforts and impact of the United Nations work to serve people and planet for 76 years. Audiences from all over the world joined the Honor Day ceremony virtually. The Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) also played again at the Al Wasl Dome for a “Music in the Garden Performance” in the afternoon.

The UN opened a selected group of photos from the exhibit#TheWorldWeWant—curated from more than 50,000 images from over 130 countries submitted to a global photo contest hosted and organized by mobile app Agora in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. The physical exhibit is on display at the Opportunity Pavilion plaza, just across from the #UNHub. To visit the exhibit in person, please find more information about accessing the Expo site.


Photo: Amna Bint Moussa

Photo Secretary-General António Guterres

The values that have powered the UN Charter for the last 76 years — peace, development, human rights, and opportunity for all — have no expiry date. As we mark UN Day, let’s unite behind these ideals, and live up to the full promise, potential and hope of the United Nations.

Secretary-General António Guterres

World Cities Day

On 31 October 2021, World Cities Day at Expo was observed with a variety of events, co-curated by the UN-Habitat and the Executive Council of Dubai.

World Children’s Day

On 20 November 2021, World Children’s Day at Expo was observed with a variety of events, including a concert at the Al Wasl Dome, co-curated by the UNICEF and the UAE Ministry of Community Development.


International Days

International Day for Tolerance

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


World Children's Day

World Children's Day is meant to celebrate worldwide fraternity and understanding between children, as well as to promote the ideals and objectives of the UN Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries. The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.