The core theme of EXPO 2017, which is being held in Astana from 10 June until 10 September, is "Future Energy: Measures for Global Sustainability". With a special focus on the sub-themes "cutting CO2 emissions”, "energy efficiency" and "energy for all”, exciting exhibits will present key aspects and questions relating to the production, distribution and consumption of energy.
The EXPO, also known as "Universal Exposition" or "World's Fair", is a type of international exhibition that originated during the era of industrialisation as a technical and artisanal show that resembled an annual fair.
World exhibitions were initially used to showcase the industrial capabilities of the participating countries and formed a platform for outstanding architecture. The first international exhibition was held in London in 1851.
Established in Paris in 1928, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) officially registers and recognises world exhibitions. The BIE is an intergovernmental body with 169 member states.
A distinction is made between "registered" and "recognised" international exhibitions. EXPO 2017 in Astana belongs in the second category.