Bureau International des Expositions
What is the BIE?
Created by the 1928 Paris Convention, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the Paris-based Intergovernmental Organisation embodying the commitment of its Member States to lead, promote and foster International Exhibitions for the benefit of the citizens of the international community.
International Exhibitions (‘Expos’) are global events dedicated to finding solutions to specific challenges facing humanity by offering a journey inside the Expo theme through engaging and immersive activities.
The BIE oversees and regulates four types of International Exhibitions: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.
What does the BIE do?
The BIE’s mission is to regulate the frequency of Expos, to guarantee the quality and the success of these world events, to protect the rights of their organisers and participants, and to preserve the core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. This is achieved by providing candidate and host countries with expertise in event management, national branding and public diplomacy.
The BIE oversees the candidature process for World Expos and Specialised Expos by leading Enquiry Missions to candidate cities and studying the bid dossier submitted by candidates. Once the Expo has been registered or recognised, the BIE regulates the organisation of the event and makes sure the host country and all participants respect the 1928 Paris Convention and the rules of the Expo.
How does the BIE work?
Each Member State is represented by a maximum of three Government-appointed delegates who take part in the decision making process of the BIE through the General Assembly and four Committees (Executive, Rules, Administration & Budget, Information & Communication).
In the Expo organisation process, Member States elect the host countries, adopt special regulations, and monitor the development of the Expo from selection to legacy.
The BIE Secretariat, under the authority of the Secretary General, is in charge of the management of the BIE.
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