Essay competition

The essay competition is organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the "Expo 2025 Baku" Operations Secretariat on Azerbaijan’s bid to host the World Expo 2025 in Baku.

The competition aim is to raise awareness among young people about the project "Expo 2025 Baku", promoting youth participation in issues of significant importance to the country, and directing creative potential to the development trends of modern society and philosophy of the World Expo.


The competition centres on the main theme that Azerbaijan proposes for the World EXPO 2025 – namely, "Developing Human Capital, building a Better Future".

Participants should focus on one of the following three sub-themes:

  • The Future of Education
  • The Future of Health
  • The Future of Labour


Age category: anyone between 16 - 29 years old.

  • Each author can participate in the competition with only one essay.
  • Essays must be original and not published before.
  • The submitted essays should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Essays may be written in Azerbaijani, Russian or English languages.


There will be one (1) winner and a 2nd and 3rd place winner of the competition.

The 1st prize winner will be invited to headquarters of the International Exhibitions Bureau in Paris, France.

2nd and 3rd prize winners will be awarded with special diplomas and valuable prizes.

Please note, that the submitted essays are checked by special software. If more than 25% of the text is identical to the original text, it is considered as a plagiarism and those essays will be rejected.

Deadline: The essays should be submitted between 12 March to 10 April 2018 (submission deadline is 6p.m.) to the following e-mail address:

Good Luck to all.


Win a family dinner in the famous Azerbaijani restaurant SHUR! Share a photo of you and your family at a famous Azerbaijani landmark or demonstrating Azerbaijani culture, tagging @Expo2025BakuAzerbaijan Facebook page, or using hashtag #BakuExpo2025 on Twitter or Instagram.

Participants must be over the age of 16. All participants will be entered into a prize draw and the most creative photo will be selected. The winner will be announced on March 15.

Terms and conditions:

1. The picture must include you and/or your family members.

2. The picture should be taken at a famous Azerbaijani landmark or demonstrate Azerbaijani culture.

3. The picture must be visible for everyone and have good quality.

4. You have to be a follower of BakuExpo2025 on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

5. You must leave your contact number. If we cannot reach you within 15 days – we will choose a new winner.

6. You must be happy for your basic details (first name, age, region) to be made public on social media.

7. The competition excludes employees of Expo 2025 Baku and participating partners as well as their immediate families, and anyone professionally connected to the Baku bid for World Expo 2025.

8. If you have any questions regarding the competition or how it works, please get in touch on email.

9. Most creative photo will be chosen.

10. Expo 2025 Baku reserves the right to change terms and conditions at its discretion.

11. Deadline of the competition is March 15.

Azerbaijan presents its World Expo 2025 Baku bid at the UN Headquarters in New York

On February 7, the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan held a presentation at the UN Headquarters in New York to highlight Azerbaijan’s bid to host World Expo 2025 in Baku. 

Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in his role as the Head of the Taskforce, gave a speech and video presentation in which he invited over 120 UN member states in attendance to consider favourably the candidacy of Baku for hosting Expo 2025 and to vote in favour of Azerbaijan at the November 2018 elections to be held at the BIE General Assembly in Paris.

Commenting on the successful meeting Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov said:

“By hosting World Expo 2025, Baku would offer the world an opportunity to explore the future of society and humanity, mobilize all nations to realise UN Development Goals and to effectively address some of the biggest challenges facing our planet today. As the youngest country to host a World Expo, Azerbaijan would encourage the world to find ways to develop human capital globally through investment in education, health and employment. If selected, Baku would be a new destination for a World Expo and would become an inspiration for all other states who have never hosted a World Expo.”

Expo 2025 Baku Azerbaijan outlines the key bid themes in Davos

Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, Assistant to the First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, head of Azerbaijan delegation to the BIE, spoke at a special event EXPO 2025 Baku bid held at InterContinental Hotel in Davos, Switzerland on 23 January, 2018. He outlined how Baku’s bid theme, “Developing human capital, building a better future”, fitted naturally into the broader topic of the theme of the World Economic Forum (WEF) this year, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”

In his speech Ambassador Amirbayov highlighted that, like WEF, Expo 2025 Baku Azerbaijan would provide an opportunity for all nations to share and demonstrate their experiences, and have their voice heard. The event was hosted to bring Baku’s EXPO message to a wide range of decision makers who attended the evening.  Attendees ranged across the public and private sectors and included ambassadors and diplomats.

Mr. Amirbayov further went on saying that “developing human capital means finding ways to help people adapt to technological advancements. It means helping improving the quality of life for each individual. It means constructing the foundations of what makes stable and healthy societies. We believe now is a time, more than ever, to focus on developing HUMAN capital, to reduce widening inequalities and to provide opportunities for growth, creativity and success.

The speech defined the importance of the bid’s sub – themes which align to three of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Education. We recognize the importance of education and training to assist people in work, to create skilled societies and to manage technological change
  • Work. We recognize the need for individuals to participate in society through employment, but we also see the impact of technology on the labor market.
  • Health.  We believe it is in healthy societies that effective human capital development takes place.

Commenting on the event Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov said,

“The world is transforming at an ever greater pace, and our focus on the human needs which form our bid’s sub themes – of health, education and work – are issues faced by every country across the globe. Whilst economies and societies transform, these are topics which bind people together and dictate their chances of a better life. We were delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase our vision here in Davos and were most encouraged at the positive response we received both during and after the event. “

Presentation of Baku’s World Expo 2025 Candidacy at the OIC Headquarters

A presentation on Baku’s bid to host the World Expo in 2025 was held at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 21.

The event was attended by the Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Head of the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Jeddah, Permanent Representatives to the OIC, high-ranking officials of the OIC Secretariat, and other guests.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the OIC, Ambassador Rasim Rzayev spoke about the developing relations between Azerbaijan and the OIC. Ambassador Rzayev emphasized President Ilham Aliyev's declaration of 2017 as the Year of Islamic Solidarity in Azerbaijan during the speech, and spoke about the measures taken in this regard.

Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Head of the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov delivered a keynote address on Baku’s candidacy to host the World Expo in 2025 and the work that needs to be done in this area. Ambassador Amirbayov noted that Baku’s bid to host the World Expo 2025 was kicked off in May 2017 with H.E. the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev sending a corresponding letter to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). 

Ambassador Amirbayov briefed the guests on the work done by the Working Group and Operations Secretariat both in Baku and Paris, created under the chairmanship of the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Samir Sharifov. 

He emphasised that the Theme of Azerbaijan’s candidacy, ‘Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future’ is of universal concern and in harmony with the International Development agenda, particularly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. World Expo 2025 Baku would be a universal platform for discussing global issues on the International Development agenda, and the traditional geography of the International Exposition could be further expanded by hosting it in Baku, said Ambassador Amirbayov. 

The intent to host the World Expo 2025 is rooted in the country’s National Development strategy. By hosting the World Expo, Azerbaijan would further boost her own Human Capital, due to the investments in the economy, education, health, and business sectors. World Expo 2025 would also have a positive impact on Azerbaijan’s rapidly developing tourism industry. 

Addressing the Representatives to the OIC, Ambassador Amirbayov called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member States to support Azerbaijan’s candidacy to host the Expo.

During the visit Ambassador Amirbayov has also met with the Assistant Secretary General of the OIC, H.E. Ambassador Hameed A. Opeloyeru to discuss the World Expo 2025 Baku bid. 

World Expo 2025 Baku Diplomatic Briefing at the Heydar Aliyev Center

On Thursday, 14 December 2017, World Expo 2025 Baku hosted a briefing for the entire Diplomatic Corps accredited in Azerbaijan at the spectacular Heydar Aliyev Center.

Addressing the Diplomatic Corps were the Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Director of the Heydar Aliyev Center, Mr. Anar Alakbarov; Assistant to the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Head of the World Expo 2025 Baku Taskforce, Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov; and the Executive Director of the World Expo 2025 Baku Operations Secretariat, Mr. Paul J. Foster.

During the morning session, key items of the presentation included:

  • The benefits of World Expo 2025 Baku for Azerbaijan and the participating countries
  • Past participation of Azerbaijan in World Expos
  • Our compelling Theme – Developing Human Capital, Building a Better Future – and  sub-themes: Talent, Vitality, and Achievement
  • The opportunities World Expo 2025 Baku would present for Azerbaijan 

Expo 2025: BIE Enquiry Mission to visit Azerbaijan in 2018

An Enquiry Mission of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will visit Baku in the spring of 2018, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE Dimitri Kerkentzes said in a press conference held in Baku on Dec.12.

Firstly, Kerkentzes thanked all those present for the warm welcome he had received in Baku and hospitality.

"Over the past two days, I have held several important meetings to familiarize myself with the preparations being conducted by Baku as a candidate city for the World Expo 2025. It was a great honour for me to meet with First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva. I also held talks with Finance Minister Samir Sharifov and Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov about the future of this project. This is very important, as it demonstrates that hosting Expo is not just a local project for Baku, but a nationwide project for all of Azerbaijan," said Kerkentzes.

He noted that the parties continue to work together with the working group, the operations committee and the secretariat, which were created specifically for the project, to prepare for the BIE Enquiry Mission, which will be sent to Baku in March-April next year.

"The Enquiry Mission will allow us to study the feasibility of the project in order to conduct a voting in November and select the city of Expo 2025. Azerbaijan has the opportunity to show us not only the significance of the project for the city and the country, but also to demonstrate the active involvement of citizens and especially young people in it. The youth has always played a very important role in the life of each Expo," said Kerkentzes.

He admitted that over the past two days, being in Baku, he was very interested in watching the work on the project.

"I look forward to the results of the work on the project in the next two months to see the result that will be presented to the Enquiry Mission next spring, the presentation of the project to 170 member countries of the BIE at the General Assembly and the way the government and people of Azerbaijan will convince the international community that Baku is the best place to hold Expo 2025," Kerkentzes said.

He noted that he was impressed by the support provided to the project at the highest governmental level.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva has met with BIE Deputy Secretary General

First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has met with Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Dimitri Kerkentzes.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva recalled that a reception was held in November in Paris to introduce Baku`s bid to host Expo 2025, and noted with pleasure that Azerbaijan has been successfully cooperating with the Bureau International des Expositions in recent years. Noting that Azerbaijan successfully participated in several international exhibitions, Mehriban Aliyeva emphasized the support of Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Dimitri Kerkentzes for holding these exhibitions.

Saying that Baku is bidding to host Expo 2025, Azerbaijan`s first vice-president stressed the country`s experience in this area. She noted that Baku has successfully hosted several international events in recent years. “Holding these events at the excellent level shows that our country can also make achievements in Expo 2025.” Mehriban Aliyeva said that Baku`s bid to host Expo 2025 is supported by both government bodies, private organizations and residents. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva underlined that theme “Developing human capital, building a better future”, which Azerbaijan proposed for the exhibition, is important to the world.

Noting that Dimitri Kerkentzes visited Azerbaijan for the first time, Mehriban Aliyeva expressed confidence that his proposals and recommendations on Expo 2025 will be very beneficial for the country. She pointed out that next year Azerbaijan will receive an evaluation mission and present its report on the work done, and added that the visit of the deputy secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions to the country is of great importance in this regard.

Expressing his pleasure to be in Azerbaijan, Dimitri Kerkentzes said the support of the Azerbaijani government, including First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva for the events related to Baku`s bid to host Expo 2025 testifies to the country`s attaching importance to this project.