UN-HABITAT Signs Agreements for Shanghai World Expo 2010

UN-HABITAT 18 August 2008: UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and

Participation Contract with the Government of the People's Republic of China on

the UN's participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010, which will be held from

1 May to 31 October 2010 around the theme ‘Better City, Better Life.'

At the

signing ceremony, Tibaijuka said the challenge for the international community

was to make urbanization and globalization work for all people, instead of leaving

billions behind or on the margins. She noted that the Shanghai Expo 2010 will

provide an opportunity for participants across China and the world to meet,

share and learn from each other about how urban life can be improved in

developed and developing cities. She explained that the UN Pavilion, themed as

‘One Earth and One UN,' would showcase the challenges and opportunities of

globalization and urbanization, as well as best practices of the participating

UN agencies in achieving the UN's objective of peace and development through

working with all stakeholders on urban development. [UN-HABITAT

Press Release]