World Expo 2020 in Ekaterinburg
In November 2013, the BIE will select the location for World Expo 2020. Ekaterinburg (Russia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dubai (the United Arab Emirates), Ayutthaya (Thailand), and Izmir (Turkey) have entered official bids to host the World Expo in 2020.
To be awarded the Expo, a candidate city must receive a majority of the total BIE votes. With five cities competing, this means that potentially four rounds of voting will be necessary. With each round of voting, the city with the lowest number of votes drops out of the competition. The support of those BIE members which voted for a city that is no longer in competition becomes available for the remaining candidate cities.
Ekaterinburg's bid for World Expo 2020 is strongly supported at all levels of Russian government and society. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich leads the Ekaterinburg Expo 2020 Organising Committee, in close collaboration with the Bid Committee and senior officials of the Sverdlovsk regional government and Ekaterinburg's city administration.
Ekaterinburg's proposed theme for Expo 2020 is: The Global Mind: The Future of Globalisation and Its Impact on Our World.
The mission of Ekaterinburg World Expo 2020 is to emphasize and encourage the transformative power of technology and innovation as tools to achieve the Global Mind: understood as the concept of governance and reflexive management of the globalization process and as a set of attitudes, perceptions and values that makes us aware of living in a common and shared space and time.