Following NZTE’s last update of 18 March, there has been a proposal by the Expo 2020 Steering Committee to explore a one-year postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai.

This proposal was made in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic in the interests of public health.

The Expo 2020 organisers will now work with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to establish a change of dates. A final decision to delay the event will be made by the BIE Executive Committee and its General Assembly.

New Zealand’s commitment to Expo 2020 Dubai remains strong, as does our message – Care for People and Place. We are incredibly proud of the programme we have designed for Expo 2020, with the support of our Care Collective sponsors and featuring a diverse group of New Zealanders, and we are excited to continue this work.

My team is looking at how the delay may impact your participation and where appropriate, will be setting up a time to meet over Zoom in the next few weeks to discuss.

I would like to thank and commend Expo 2020 Dubai, under the leadership of HE Reem Al Hashimy, for their clear communication and reactiveness during this uncertain time.

As we have seen over the course of the last few weeks, global challenges require collective action.  World Expos have the convening power to bring the international community together in the spirit of Expo 2020’s theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. We look forward to continuing working with you and the Expo 2020 Dubai team to showcase the best of New Zealand.

If you have any immediate questions, please do get in touch by emailing me: clayton.kimpton@nzatexpo.govt.nz

Clayton Kimpton
New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020 Dubai