‘Changing the World: Innovation and a Better Life for Future Generations’ is the theme of the bid to host World Expo 2025 in Ekaterinburg. The bid was submitted by a delegation from the Russian Expo 2025 Bid Committee at the 162nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris.
Russia’s bid was presented by the head of the delegation, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Head of the Russian Expo 2025 Bid Committee Svetlana Sagaydak, journalist Vladimir Pozner, and ballerina Ilse Liepa.
The Russian bid compares favourably with those of competing nations in seeking to answer important questions: why is innovation important, how can it influence the lives of future generations, and why, at the end of the day, do we need new technologies?
“The world is transforming rapidly before our eyes: the industrial era is drawing to a close, and the information age is beginning. Not only the form, but also the essence of scientific and technological progress is changing. In our view, innovation, discoveries, and new technologies are just tools which help us to achieve a more fundamental goal – happiness for the individual. That’s why we are talking about technologies to make people happy. What we mean by this is that technology should be simple and accessible to everybody, regardless of their physical capabilities. It should belong to everybody, and not be the preserve of a privileged few. It should unite the world, bring nations and peoples together, and help us to find a common language”, Svetlana Sagaydak said in her address.
“Russia has everything needed to host the largest exhibition of humanitarian and technological thought”, noted Denis Manturov. “Over the last quarter of a century, our country has been the venue for a multitude of major international political, economic, cultural, and sporting forums. We love guests and know how to take care of them. Russia – represented by her President, and her executive and legislative bodies – guarantees that all of the necessary conditions will be put in place to ensure that World Expo 2025 will be a flawless event which meets the highest standards.”
In accordance with the Expo philosophy, the Bureau International des Expositions is supposed to select the city which will derive the most benefit from the event in terms of its future development. In the event of the Expo taking place in Ekaterinburg, the capital city of the Urals will subsequently inherit a new residential district, sporting, business, and cultural facilities, and new engineering and transport infrastructure.
A highlight of the bid was the Russian delegation’s announcement of the size of the space to be set aside for a future World Expo 2025. At 555 hectares, this would be the largest World Expo venue in the history of the event.
Presenting Russia’s Expo 2025 master plan, Svetlana Sagaydak noted ‘This is a space that can comfortably accommodate not only exhibition pavilions, but also public spaces, cinema and concert halls, hotels, cafés, and restaurants. We will achieve the most comfortable of environments for exhibitors to work and interact in. We will make sure that visitors to the exhibition in Ekaterinburg see the richness and diversity of the world around them, and gain an impression of what their neighbours across the planet are working on. And, most importantly, we will create a venue that will continue to operate beyond 2025. We will build a city of the future, a prototype for a new world, where technology will serve one purpose and one purpose only – human happiness.”
The Russian delegation ended its presentation on a powerful note with the screening of a two-and-a-half-minute film entitled Technologies to Make People Happy, in which people of varying ages shared their dreams of technologies that could make their lives happier.
As previously noted by Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov, Ekaterinburg, the capital of the Urals, has strong prospects in the competition to host World Expo 2025: “Ekaterinburg has already hosted events at an international level. It has the experience, so its chances of success are high.”
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The film Technologies to Make People Happy can be downloaded at the following link: https://goo.gl/X59Tdk