Resolution to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai by a year passes two-thirds threshold

The resolution for postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai has surpassed the required two-thirds threshold for the decision to run the event next year to be enacted.

A motion to postpone had been put forward by the organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai to postpone the global event until 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022 because of the challenging situation around the coronavirus pandemic.

Although member countries have until 29 May to vote on the proposition, the controlling body, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is organising the ballot, has already noted that enough votes have been received since the ballot opened on 24 April.

BIE regulations stipulate that a two-thirds majority of member states holding the right to vote is required for the dates of an Expo to be changed.

The BIE is the intergovernmental organisation embodying the commitment of its 170 member states to lead, promote and foster Expos, whose principal purpose is the education of the public.

The BIE oversees four types of International Exhibitions: World Expos (officially known as International Registered Exhibitions), Specialised Expos, (officially known as International Recognised Exhibitions), Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.

Expos are global events centred around a theme addressing fundamental challenges faced by humanity. Gathering nations from around the world, they are a stage for innovations and solutions and an invitation to explore a theme through engaging and immersive discoveries.