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Expo 2020 Dubai ‘People and Planet’ to tackle global issues

Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed the calendar for its ‘Programme for People and Planet’, a series of events exploring solutions to climate change.

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Expo 2020 Dubai has unveiled the calendar for its ‘Programme for People and Planet’, a series of events, experiences and conversations that will address the critical challenges facing the world today.

The Programme for People and Planet will run for the entire six months of Expo 2020 Dubai, with 10 theme weeks and 18 international days. More than 220 events will take place as part of the programme.

The programme will focus on technology and innovation while exploring solutions to global issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable living.

Climate change, biodiversity loss

There will be TED-style talks, exhibitions, forums and workshops from global leaders and experts from all 191 participating nations. These include wildlife advocate Jane Goodall and Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit.

Visitors will also be able to explore Programme for People and Planet topics via self-guided tours on the Expo 2020 app, showcasing the ways in which countries are responding to these challenges.

Nadia Verjee, chief of staff at Expo 2020 Dubai, said the programme is “taking place at a moment in time that could not be more urgent or opportune”.

As the “manifestation of our theme and purpose”, the Programme for People and Planet will result in a “meaningful and measurable impact for generations to come”.

Become an agent of change

“It will not only form an essential part of our event-time activities, but will also catalyse a one-of-a-kind movement to shape the legacy that Expo 2020 leaves the world, long after we close our doors,” Verjee said.

The Programme for People and Planet was designed to demonstrate that everyone, whether they are attending Expo 2020 Dubai physically or virtually, can become an agent of change.

Expo 2020 Dubai previously revealed that Terra – the Sustainability Pavilion, which hosted 100,000 visitors between January and April this year, is already inspiring change.

Expo 2020 Dubai, billed as a ‘spectacular world of innovation and entertainment’, runs from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Tickets went on sale worldwide in July.

Images: Expo 2020 Dubai

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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