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While everyone involved in Expo 2020 Dubai remains firmly committed, many countries have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and they have expressed a need to postpone Expo’s opening by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge.

In spirit of solidarity and unity, we support the proposal to explore a one-year postponement at today’s Steering Committee meeting. We will follow due processes with Expo’s governing body, Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), on making the decision to delay Expo 2020, which requires a two-thirds majority vote from the BIE General Assembly.

We believe that now, more than ever, humanity needs to come together to remember what unites us. This is not a cancellation, but we must also play our part in keeping everybody involved healthy and well.

For more information: www.expo2020dubai.com/en/expo-covid-19/

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Wow - maybe it was not intended, but the way that's worded it sounds like it's unsure if the BIE will do the right thing or be obstinate idiots.

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The BIE is not relevant or at least it should not be in making this decision  It has not spent one single cent to build anything at Expo 2020.  The BIE’s irrelevance cannot be measured by any existing device.

Remember that the IOC had virtually no intention of postponing the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games.  Their slogan, “the games must go on,” was finally called into question when member nations. specifically Canada and Australia, announced they would not send their teams to Tokyo because of covid 19.  Other nations announced the same intent and the US Olympic swimming organization expressed its desire that the games be postponed.

If the Expo 2020 planners deem it best to postpone their exposition they should do so and ignore anything coming from the BIE.  The BIE  is an anachronism.  Some of the greatest fairs in history were planned, built and enjoyed without “official sanction” of the BIE..  The BIE contributes nothing to any exposition.  It builds nothing and offers no financial support.  Robert Moses may have been correct over fifty years ago when he called the BIE “a bunch of old men in.a dingy Paris apartment.”  In this situation, the BIE is desperately trying to justify its existence if it attempts to interfere in this exposition’s decision and its opinion doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.

 

 

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I believe the BIE rules provide for postponement or extension of a world's fair based on Acts of God or labor disputes.  I did an article for Ed Orth's  publication Expo Info back in the late 60s or early 70s and wrote to the BIE to access information.  Based on the data they provided me at the time, the 1937 Paris Exhibition was offered a chance to extend their run beyond the usual 6 month period based on floods and labor strikes that delayed the opening of several  pavilions beyond the fair's opening date in May of 1937.  The US Pavilion wasn't officially opened until July.  The French government wisely decided to decline the offer due to the mounting threat of war.

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