World Expo 2025 host country to be elected on 23 November

The host country will be elected by the Member States of the Bureau
International des Expositions (BIE) during the Organisation’s 164th
General Assembly, taking place in Paris on the afternoon of 23 November.

  • Japan’s bid is based on the theme “Designing Future Society for Our
    Lives” and would take place between 3 May and 3 November 2025.

  • Russia’s bid is based on the theme “Changing the World: Innovations
    and Better Life for Future Generations”, and would take place between 2
    May and 2 November 2025.

  • Azerbaijan’s bid is based on the theme “Developing human capital,
    building a better future” and would take place between 10 May and 10
    November 2025.

On the morning of 23 November, each of the three candidates will make
final presentations of their Expo projects to the 164th General
Assembly of the BIE. Eligible and present Member States of the BIE,
represented by government-appointed delegates, will then vote for the
World Expo 2025 host country in the afternoon. Each Member State has one
vote, in a secret ballot using electronic voting.

In the first round of voting, a candidate must gather two-thirds of
votes cast to be elected. If no candidate is elected outright, the two
candidates with the most votes will immediately move into a second
round, where the candidate with the majority of votes cast will obtain
the right to host World Expo 2025.

World Expos, known officially as International Registered
Exhibitions, are organised every five years. They can last up to six
months, and international participants can build their own pavilions on
the Expo site. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness
of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The most recent World Expo was held in the city of Milan, Italy, in 2015, under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The next World Expo
will take place in Dubai (UAE) between 20 October 2020 and 10 April
2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.


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