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Undersecretary of State, Mr Manlio Di Stefano, attends ceremony for submission of Rome’s candidature dossier to host Expo 2030 (Paris, 7 September 2022)

The Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Manlio Di Stefano, attended – along with Rome Mayor, Mr Roberto Gualtieri, and the President of the Rome Expo 2030 Candidacy Committee, Ambassador Giampiero Massolo – the ceremony for the submission of Rome’s candidature dossier to host Expo 2030, held at the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris today.

The theme of Rome Expo 2030 is “People and territories: urban regeneration, inclusion and innovation”. The other cities that are running to host the 2030 Universal Exposition are Odessa (Ukraine), Busan (South Korea) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The evaluation phase will end with the final vote, to take place in November 2023.

“At the Farnesina we are well aware of the fact that Rome’s bid to host Expo 2030 is a national priority. That’s why we have mobilised the entire diplomatic-consular network to support the Municipality and the Candidacy Committee through a complex and fervent campaign. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is putting the utmost effort in exploring new possible partnerships while enhancing the traditional ones, not only to gain the support of the 170 BIE countries in this highly competitive campaign, but also to affirm, across the world, all that is Italian and the excellence of our country”, Undersecretary Di Stefano said.

“Rome Expo 2030 will be a great opportunity for Italy and even more so for the whole international community. Italy has traditionally strived for the affirmation of multilateralism as the tool for addressing global challenges and international relations. Based on this approach, we want to use Rome Expo 2030 to devise new strategies that ensure a safer, more sustainable and fair future for the generations to come”, Mr Di Stefano added.

“The candidature is fully backed by the civil society and by the private sector. A crucial role will be played by the ‘Rome System’, which is present here in Paris and which we want to keep on enhancing, within the context of a ‘diplomacy of cities’, with our capital clearly being at the forefront of a global network – given its history, which spans 3,000 years, and given that it is constantly looking to the future”, the Undersecretary concluded.


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