France seeks Bangladesh's vote to host World Expo-2025
The French government has sent its Special Envoy Pascal Lamy, former two times World Trade Organisation's Director General, to Bangladesh to campaign for its candidature in the World Expo 2025.
Two close friends of Bangladesh, Japan and Russia, and another country Azerbaijan are also competing candidates for the Expo which will be held just five years before the ending of the global agenda SDGs-2030.
Pascal Lamy said there are "few comparative advantages" if Paris is voted for the Expo.
"Our theme is 'knowledge to share, planet to care' through which we want to discuss how more efficiently we can address the climate change challenges through science and technology," he told bdnews24.com in an exclusive interview on Saturday.
"This is very much in line with medium and long term strategies of Bangladesh which is also coping with environmental challenges," he said.
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".
The decision for the 2025 will be taken by mid-November by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) which have 170 members including Bangladesh. Each member has a vote.
France's bid is for a World Expo in Greater Paris between 1 May and 30 October 2025 under the theme "Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for Our Planet".
Japan's bid is for a World Expo in Osaka between 3 May and 3 November 2025 under the theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives".
The Russian Federation's bid is for a World Expo in Yekaterinburg between 2 May and 2 November 2025 under the theme "Changing the World: Inclusive Innovations - for Our Kids and Future Generations".