Space achievements to top if Russia hosts Expo 2030 Moscow

Russia has become the first nation to apply to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to organise Expo 2030 Moscow in the Russian capital city from April 27-October 27, 2030.

If the Russian bid is successful the country’s unique space, aerospace and aviation achievements and capabilities will have the opportunity of being highlighted in a spectacular manner, especially as Russia has been steadily losing out its many traditional roles to private players from across the world.

For instance, Russia’s traditional role of being the near exclusive crew and cargo ship supplier to the International Space Station (ISS) has been upstaged by the entry of SpaceX in collaboration with NASA.

American sanctions against Moscow have also placed severe constraints on American companies conducting business with the Russian space industry.

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Russia is the first nation to bid for the World Expo 2030. Credit: BIE

Russia’s letter of candidature to the Paris-headquartered BIE – from Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of Russia – was presented in Paris on April 29, 2021, to Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the BIE by Aleksey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia, and Aleksey Mechkov, Russia’s Ambassador to France.

Russia’s candidature to host Expo 2030 Moscow (World Expo format) is based on the theme of ‘Human Progress. Shared vision for the World of Harmony’.

BIE has now initiated a six-month countdown, during which any other nation wishing to organise World Expo 2030 may notify the BIE of their candidature.

October 2021 deadline

The BIE will close the candidate list on October 29, 2021 at 5pm (CET).

Once the candidate list closes, BIE will launch a project examination phase, during which each candidate will submit a detailed candidature dossier.

The BIE will then organise enquiry missions and assess the feasibility and viability of each candidature project. The host country of World Expo 2030 will then be elected by the 169 member states of the BIE.

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Russia’s dominance of ISS crew and cargo supply is at an end. Credit: Roscosmos

Expo 2020 Dubai (World Expo 2020) takes place in Dubai, UAE, from October 1, 2021-March 31, 2022, under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Expo 2020 Dubai was originally scheduled to be held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, but was postponed to 2021 unanimously by the BIE member states due to the global coronavirus pandemic that began in December 2019. The Expo 2020 Dubai branding remains the same in the 2021 version

Osaka Expo 2025

Osaka Expo 2025 (World Expo 2025) will take place in Osaka, Kansai, Japan, from April 13-October 13, 2025, under the theme ‘Designing Future Society for Our Lives’.

Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the BIE, said: “By receiving this candidature from the Russian Federation, the BIE is pleased to launch the World Expo 2030 candidature process, with the candidature phase to remain open for six months.

“As Expo 2020 Dubai gets ready to open this year, and with preparations for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai well underway, the interest in World Expo 2030 is a strong signal that humanity is always looking ahead to the future with a sense of optimism and progress.

“This passion and drive testify to the appetite, felt around the world, for meaningful and shared experiences that bring us closer,” Kerkentzes added.

Taking place every five years and lasting up to six months, World Expos – officially known as International Registered Exhibitions – are global gatherings of nations addressing universal challenges of our time.

These global events feature a chosen theme that involves engaging and immersive activities. Participating countries tend to build extraordinary pavilions showcasing their respective countries achievements in all sectors, while the host city itself enjoys economic and other benefits for years.

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