Expo 2020 Dubai is a significant opportunity for Cyprus to be part of a shared response to a changed world
November 30, 2020
One year from now, a collaborative and innovative Expo 2020 Dubai will be ideally placed to help shape a better future
So far, 2020 has brought with it challenges that have left the world, and humanity, irrevocably changed, forcing us to turn inwards to look after ourselves. But one year from now, almost 12 months later than originally scheduled, Expo 2020 Dubai will provide the platform where the world will come together again. It is the chance for us all to respond to how our world has been altered, and to move forward together to tackle other, equally urgent priorities such as climate change. From 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 will bring together the world in a spirit of solidarity and optimism – a global forum that will demonstrate and amplify the need and desire for positive change, and provide tangible opportunities to create just that. Through our participation in Expo 2020, we are demonstrating our commitment to helping create a strong and sustainable future. Recognising our common humanity, we will realign our purpose and accelerate our shared progress. Through showcasing and celebrating our achievements, we know that there is no limit to what can be accomplished. Expo 2020 aims to inform and inspire a planet that deserves a brighter tomorrow, and through our participation we are committed to helping to seek tangible, real-life outcomes that will enable future generations to thrive. While we are still dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the world is also facing several challenges, including ensuring a climate-friendly future, sustainable food supply, and equal access to education, digitalisation and healthcare. Expo 2020 is an unprecedented opportunity to find collaborative, action-driven solutions to these challenges, uniting more than 190 countries in the unwavering belief that great things happen when we come together.By harnessing the togetherness, ingenuity and compassion born out of the pandemic, further exciting innovations and collaborations will ensue. As an Expo 2020 participant, we have the opportunity to showcase the very best of our culture, heritage and techonology to a global audience of millions. It is our aim to promote Cyprus, focusing on its geostrategic location at the crossroads of three continents and its role in the global arena, as an ideal destination to do business, visit and live. Furthermore, we will showcase Cyprus’ historical and cultural heritage, forming today’s society of multicultural diversity and inclusion, as a business, trade and investment hub and also as an attractive tourist destination. In addition, we will focus on the variety of sectors such as tourism, trade, financial services, education, tech and innovation, agriculture, shipping, etc., through a diversified growth model. Regarding the events we plan to host at the Cyprus pavillion, we will organize all kinds of business, cultural, educational or recreational initiatives, where visitors will have the opportunity to participate through live activities, VR experience as well as viewing videos and read promotional material. Our goal is to create an interesting and enjoyable journey throughout the pavilion, using numerous elements and props. Additionally, the National Day of Cyprus is appointed on the 24th of February. A delegation from Cyprus will fly to Dubai, bilateral meetings with United Arab Emirates representatives. We, and the whole Expo community, are ready. We have worked hard to continue our preparations throughout the pandemic and ensure that we seize the opportunity to help shape a greater world, working collectively with the organisers and other participating countries to achieve a better, stronger and more equitable future for all. So, our journey continues. If 2020 was the year the world almost came to a halt, then 2021 must be the year of unprecedented, universal acceleration towards the attainment of urgent global goals, because while the Expo’s timelines may have altered, our participation and shared goals remain firmly unchanged.