Two-third of BIE members support postponing Expo 2020 Dubai to next year.
The General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) said has approved the request of the UAE government and its Executive Committee to shift Dubai Expo 2020 to next year.
A statement issued by the BIE said the resolution for the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai surpassed required two thirds threshold.
“The postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai to October 1, 2021 -March 31, 2022 is set to be approved by the BIE with the change of dates having already surpassed the required two-thirds threshold. On the proposal of the Executive Committee, the General Assembly of the BIE began voting remotely on April 24 and will continue until May 29. BIE regulations stipulate that a two-thirds majority of Member States holding the right to vote is required for the dates of an Expo to be changed,” it said in a statement on Monday.
On April 4, the UAE government formally requested the postponement of World Expo 2020 Dubai due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
On April 21, the Executive Committee of the BIE had agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai to the proposed dates of October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. But changing the dates required the support of a two-thirds majority of Member States of the BIE under Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928.
However, it was unanimously agreed to maintain the name “Expo 2020 Dubai”.
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