Rafa Nadal and Antonio Banderas were part of Malaga’s pitch earlier this week to host Expo 2027 in front of the assembly of countries.
Five countries have submitted competing candidatures to organise the next Specialised Expo: the United States of America (in Minnesota), Thailand (in Phuket), Serbia (in Belgrade), Spain (in Malaga), and Argentina (in San Carlos de Bariloche).
The project examination phase for Specialised Expo 2027/28 is currently underway, with each candidate having submitted a detailed candidature dossier to the BIE.
The host country of Specialised Expo 2027/28 will be elected by BIE Member States, gathered in a General Assembly set to take place in June 2023, on the principle of one country, one vote.
In 2050, more than three quarters of the world’s population will live in cities according to the United Nations. It is therefore necessary to reflect on one of the main challenges facing society in the medium and long term: how population growth, urban development and the inevitable concentration of people in urban areas can be compatible with protecting the environment and the adoption of innovative solutions.
The proposed theme â€œThe Urban Era: towards the Sustainable Cityâ€ represents a living platform for the exchange of models of and innovative practices for how future cities should look. It would be a melting pot of best practices and solutions on the subject, offering a unique opportunity for reflection and debate.
The Expo would be built around this theme intimately related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a United Nations initiative for its 2015-2030 agenda, and would actively contribute to achieving that agenda.
Located in the west of the city of Malaga, the Expo 2027 would occupy a 250,000m2 plot. Additional land west and east of the main plot would be allocated respectively for logistics and residents bringing the total land area to be developed to 800,000m2.
This proposed site is located in the cityâ€™s productive triangle next to the University of MÃ¡laga, the MÃ¡laga TechPark, the main business parks, the MÃ¡laga international airport and the MÃ¡laga Trade Fair and Congress Centre. This location already has a majority of the necessary communications infrastructure: airport, railway lines and the main highway intersection for the metropolitan area.
After the Expo, Malaga would take advantage of the new facilities to continue transforming the city by incorporating new productive and residential areas, as well as using the buildings for education, research and innovation.
Malaga is the sixth most populated city in Spain situated in a privileged location on the Mediterranean Sea, with excellent weather conditions, and is the gateway to the â€œCosta del Solâ€ and Andalusia.
Malaga is an economic and technological capital of Andalucia and the South of Spain. Partnerships with institutions and private companies have generated synergies that attract and retain experts and talented people.
Malaga boasts a total of 39 museums and exhibition centres, spanning almost 60,000m2 and hosts numerous events including the MÃ¡laga Spanish Film Festival.
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