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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
The Bureau of International Expositions (Bureau International des Expositions in French), also known popularly by its acronym the B.I.E., is the governing body of world’s fairs (international expositions).

logo of BIE logo of BIE
Formation 22 November 1928
Type Expositions
Headquarters France Paris, France
Membership 154 members
Honorary President H.E. Jian-min Wu

The B.I.E. was established by an international convention signed in Paris on 22 November 1928, with the following goals:

  • to oversee the calendar, the bidding, the selection and the organisation of World Expositions;
  • to establish a framework allowing countries to cooperate under the best conditions as organisers of Expositions or as participants through national pavilions.

To date, 154 member countries have adhered to the BIE Convention.

How does the BIE work ?

The Secretariat General of the BIE, which is located in Paris, is headed by the Secretary General. The French Foreign Office carries out formal diplomatic relationships for the BIE.

Membership to the BIE — currently comprising 140 nations — is open to any Government by accession to the 1928 Convention and the 1972 Protocol on International Exhibitions. An annual fee is charged on a sliding scale based on United Nations principles on such contributions. However, a substantial part of the BIE’s income derives from the registration fees for staging exhibitions and from a percentage of the gate money raised for that exhibition.

General Assemblies of the BIE are held twice a year in Paris under the chairmanship of the elected President of the BIE. These meetings are attended by all member states and by observers. Delegates review applications for new projects and consider reports from those exhibitions in a more advanced state. They are also attentive to reports by the four Committees, which supervise appropriate aspects of the BIE’s activities. The Executive Committee assesses new projects and exercises an overview on the different aspects of exhibitions, while the Rules Committee is concerned with the detailed documentation and technical provisions of exhibitions as well as the internal rules of the BIE.

The Administration and Budget Committee and the Information and Communication Committee complete this structure. Each of the four Committees has a Chairman, who at the same time is a Vice President of the BIE, and a Vice Chairman. These eight members form a controlling body which assesses the activities of the BIE as a whole in preparation for the summer and winter General Assemblies. Committee members are elected by the General Assembly.

The B.I.E. regulates two types of expositions: Registered Exhibitions (commonly called Universal Expositions), and Recognized Exhibitions (commonly called International or Specialised Expositions). The two categories of exhibitions and their distinctive characteristics are as follows (more information :

International Registered Exhibition (or World Exhibition)

Frequency : every five years

Duration : 6 months at most

Area : not restricted

Theme : general (cf. General classification for International exhibitions)

International Recognised Exhibition

Frequency : during the interval between two International Registered Exhibitions

Duration : 3 months at most

Area : 25 ha at most

Theme : specialized

This type of event could give all nations the possibility of hosting an international exhibition.

2010 shanghai world expo

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Map of Shanghai World Expo

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

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2010 shanghai world expo

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Introduction of 2010 Shanghai World Expo

Thursday, December 31st, 2009


Duration: May 1 to Oct 31, 2010

Expected Visitors: 70 million

Expected Participants: 200

The theme of 2010 shanghai world expo

Better City, Better Life

The sub-Themes:

The sub-themes are “Urban Cultural Diversity”, “Urban Economic Growth and Pros[erity", "Innovation of Science and Technology in Urban Context", "Remolding of Urban Communities", "Interaction between Urban and Rural areas".

The mascot of 2010 shanghai world expo

Mascot of Shanghai World Expo

Mascot of Shanghai World Expo

Through the fifth conference of the organizing committee, “HAIBAO” – the mascot of the 2010 shanghai world expo was authorized and approved, by the means of “the treasure of the world”.

‘HAIBAO’ is created from the Chinese Character “人” (human). It reflects the Chinese Culture as well as responses to the designing concept of the emblem of the the Expo. Firstly using characters to design a mascot in International Activities is also an innovation.

The Explanation of 2010 Shanghai World Expo Emblem

Emblem of Shanghai World Expo

Emblem of Shanghai World Expo

In this emblem of 2010 shanghai world expo, there are three persons embracing each other. It seems like a happly family or can be symbolizeing “You, He and I” – all human beings, which not only expresses the philosophy of the Expo “Understanding, Communication, Gathering and Coorperation”, but also overflows Chinese spirits of harmony and integration and embodies the people-oriented pursuit of Shanghai World Expo.

This emblem also looks like a Chinese letter “World”, combining artifully the number “2010″, which reveals the strong ambition of Chinese people to host an international and multicultural exposition pageant.

After modification, the emblem is mainly in vigorous green, expressing the innovative enthusiasm of Chinese people to face the future and pursue the sustainable development.

Two Highlights in Shanghai World Expo:


Expo Shanghai Online

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