The themes of past world expositions have dealt with great global challenges: In Japan, Aichi 2005 focused on the role of nature and the environment; in Spain, Zaragoza 2008 tackled the theme of water and sustainable development; and in China, Shanghai 2010 focused on cities and the quality of life.
By participating in world expositions, the UN System has the chance to communicate its ideals and the diversity of its work to the public.
Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues. Our work reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place.
World expositions are a great opportunity to provide educational entertainment (edutainment) enabling us to raise public awareness with regard to how we tackle global challenges and how much we do to achieve a peaceful world where everyone has equal rights.