The Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, whose capital main city is Trieste, and UNIDO ITPO Italy have a committed partnership following the signing of a Joint Declaration on 8th May 2015, which established a collaboration to provide developing countries with “technical assistance, training, consultancy services, adequate and sustainable technologies transfer, good practices sharing”. FVG is at the forefront of research and implementation of green and circular economy models through solid institutional and legislative support. Since then, the FVG Region has been involved in a variety of projects of bilateral and triangular cooperation with emerging economies facilitated by our Office.
Expo 2020 Dubai is now scheduled to take place from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022, and it will launch the celebrations for the country’s Golden Jubilee; it will also be the departure point to build a sustainable and progressive vision for the forthcoming decades.
The theme chosen for the Universal Exposition in Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and it recalls the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that has led the United Arab Emirates to succeed in the exploration of new pathways of development and innovation. In this sense the Universal Exposition will be a catalyst, connecting the minds of the entire world and inspiring the participants to take action to meet shared future challenges.
Expo 2020 Dubai has identified three subthemes around which the global community will gather to sign new collaborations, in order to find solutions to essential matters and to leave the mark of a strong social and economic cooperation around the world. These subthemes are:
In order to unleash the potential of emerging markets, Expo 2020 Dubai will foster the strengthening of the private sector in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, taking advantage of UAE strategic infrastructure and geographical position and its pivotal role in enabling international trade.
On 31st October 2017, a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ was signed by UNIDO and Expo 2020 Dubai with the aim of achieving common objectives, including the promotion of investment and entrepreneurship to attain the SGDs and the 2030 Agenda.
In line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme (“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”) and subthemes (Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability), as well as with UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID), the memorandum reflects the shared belief that the private sector can give a valuable contribution to the advancement of sustainable development, and its support for entrepreneurship and innovation can play a key role in guaranteeing job creation, sustained economic growth and social inclusion.