World Expo


What is a World Expo?

For more than 160 years World Expos have helped humanity make sense of change and navigate through difficult times by promoting education, innovation and cooperation.

Intrinsically linked to the Industrial Revolution, the early Expos allowed countries to showcase their culture and power, and display their architectural and technological prowess. Inventions such as the telephone, the typewriter and the elevator, and the latest architectural technologies – in the form of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty – were unveilled at Expos.

Today, World Expos are no longer solely dedicated to showcasing industrial progress and national prestige. They have become discussion platforms aimed at finding solutions to the universal challenges of our time,

World Expos welcome millions of visitors, allow countries to build extraordinary pavilions and can transform the landscape of a city for years to come.


Bureau International des Expositions

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) was created in 1928. They oversee four types of international exhibitions: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.

The BIE currently has 170 Member States. Each is represented by a maximum of three government-appointed delegates who take part in the decision-making process of the BIE through its General Assembly and Committees. Members elect the host cities and monitor the development of Expos from selection to legacy.

Find out more about the BIE.



Azerbaijan and the Expo movement


Azerbaijan is a fully-committed member of the Expo movement. We first exhibited at Expo 2000 Hannover, and have been a full member of the BIE since 2008.

Our award-winning pavilion at Expo 2015 Milan – Treasure of Biodiversity – was hugely popular with visitors, and hailed by the press as ‘absolutely magnificent’. Visited by more than three million people over six months, the pavilion is currently being permanently installed on the seafront in Baku, where it will continue to educate and entertain the public.

This year at Expo 2017 Astana, visitors were welcomed to Azerbaijan’s latest pavilion – Land of Fire: energy from past to future – winner of the BIE Silver Award for exhibition design.