World leaders praise Expo 2020 Dubai as a beacon of hope

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Dubai: In the three months since it opened to the world in October 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai has been attended and greeted by leaders and dignitaries from around the world.

A key moment will see the Expo host the first Global Goals Week to be held outside the United Nations in New York from January 15 to 22 – bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to life, as the push continues to create a better world , a fairer and more fair world by 2030.

This will be the seventh thematic week organized under the Expo’s flagship program for people and the planet, helping to drive affirmative action and crucial collaboration among nations around the world, and embodying the theme and goal of the Expo “Connecting minds, creating the future”.

“You gave hope”

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, said: “At a time when there is a dark cloud, you have presented a real vision of what we can do to recover better, of how the world can. look beyond the UAE – beyond your neighborhood – into this global community. You have given hope and a sense of dignity to everyone who participated in this Expo.

Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles, said: “[Expo] is a beacon for global optimism, for responsible and sustainable global development, for the united nations against adversity, for personal and collaborative creativity, for the unique beauty of human harmony and – most importantly – the friendship, communication and recognition that – when it comes to determining a healthy future for planet Earth – we are all in the same boat, from the largest nation to the smallest. “

“Possibility of co-creation”

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, said: “Expo gives us the opportunity to develop innovative solutions not only for the good of our own country, but also for the global market and the global good. It is a real opportunity for co-creation, for innovation. I am convinced that the partnership created here at the Expo will strengthen the cooperation between Sweden and the United Arab Emirates and countries around the world, and that we will be able to generate new ideas and solutions together.

His Majesty King Letsie III, King of Lesotho, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai will succeed in its noble mission of ‘Connecting Minds’, and as a result of this achievement, an incubator will be created that will provide lasting solutions to our common problems. . – solutions which will hopefully create a more prosperous and peaceful future for us all. “

Hosting the world’s most important gathering – during a pandemic – was not easy, but world leaders praised the Expo for welcoming the world in a safe and responsible manner.

“It’s good for everyone”

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, said: “We are very happy to be here, and I would like to congratulate the United Arab Emirates for this Expo, because at a time when we see COVID-19, and so many threats and problems, organize the Exhibit Here and make it a success – because it’s already a success – it’s good for your country. It’s good for everyone.

Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN, said: “I commend the UAE for successfully bringing the global community together here in Dubai. By bringing the world together during this most difficult time, the UAE is demonstrating its leadership as a driving force for global cooperation and unity, which is true to the theme of the World Expo 2020 ‘Connecting Minds , create the future ”.

Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation, said: “Withdrawing the organization of an event of this magnitude would be a major achievement at any time. But doing it in a time of uncertainty, like the past 18 months, is an incredible accomplishment. “

Cooperation, resilience and solidarity will continue to be of paramount importance in the second half of the Expo, which runs through March 31, with visitors invited to join in the creation of a new world in a celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.

Macky Sall, President of Senegal, said: “Our world, plunged into deep economic gloom, certainly needs this ray of light to bring back some color and help rebuild hope for a better future. In this sense, the World Expo is both a showcase for nations and a factor of peace and dialogue between cultures and civilizations. That’s what Expo 2020 is all about. ”

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