Norway Pavilion

Norway – Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions at the Expo in Dubai

October 1st, 2021 – March 31st 2022.

Norway Pavilion

Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions

The Norwegian pavilion is based on the overarching theme of the Ocean. The oceans hold the key to reaching many of the the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on SDG 14, to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Norway is a pioneer in technology-based sustainable solutions for the ocean within energy, aquaculture, fisheries, shipping and the maritime sector. We want the world to know what Norway has to offer in terms of innovations, research and applied technologies within these industries.

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“Norway is a leading ocean economy and Norwegian ocean industries are developing sustainable technology that are at the forefront globally. We want to showcase these solutions at Expo 2020 and contribute to the greatest possible sustainable value creation in the ocean industries.”

– Says Ms. Iselin Nybø, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry.

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Norway Pavilion staff arrived in Dubai

One week to go, and the staff at the Norwegian Pavilion has arrived in Dubai and started their training in preparation for the opening.

Norway Curating Session on Ocean Plastics at Expo Talks: Water

Norway curated a panel discussion on Ocean Plastics during the Expo Talks: Water.

Marine plastic litter and microplastics crosses borders and must be addressed across borders. This is a global concern. To address these challenges, and to create a level playing field for businesses, we need to make this change at the global level.

The session was introduced by State Secretary at the Ministry of Climate and the Environment Maren Hersleth Holsen. Panelists were Erik Solheim, president of the Belt and Road Green Development Institute, Emily Penn, Ocean Advocate & Co-Founder and Director of eXXpedition, Dr. La Daana Kanhai, Marine Scientist at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, Eirik Lindebjerg, Global Plastics Policy Lead, WWF, and Catharina Frostad, CSO, Clean Sea Solutions.

See the discussion in the link, starting around 2:30 in.

Expo Water Talks

Ocean panel sets out new course for the world’s oceans

The 14 countries represented on the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) have now made a commitment to sustainably manage 100 % of the ocean areas under their national jurisdiction, in line with Sustainable Ocean Plans, by 2025. This means that in five years’ time, close to 40 % of the world’s coastlines and 30 % of all exclusive economic zones will be covered by integrated management plans. The Ocean Panel urges all other coastal states to develop plans of this kind by 2030.

‘The action agenda outlines a much-needed, far-reaching process of transformation to safeguard the oceans and the future ocean economy. The actions identified by the Ocean Panel are ambitious, but realistic, and at the same time essential if we are to achieve the SDGs. Norway will do its part and will provide the support it can, based on our experience and leadership in this area. We urge other coastal and ocean states to adopt our ‘100 % approach’ and work to ensure sustainable management of all their ocean areas,’ Ms Solberg said.

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Norway first country to finish building of the National Pavillion

As the first participating country, the Norway Pavilion was issued the BCC- building completion certificate on Sunday Oct 11th 2020. The Pavillion has been built by Expomobilia, and was designed by the Oslo/Bodø based architect firm “Rintala Eggertsson Architects”. The exhibitions and contents will be installed next year before the opening of the Expo 2020. The Norway Pavilion will allow you to explore the deep blue sea and learn about Norway’s pioneering sustainable ocean solutions – all without changing into a wetsuit.

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Expo 2020 Dubai is postponed by a year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a request was sent to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) from the government of the United Arab Emirates for a one-year postponement of the Expo. As required, two third majority of the BIE Member States, including Norway, voted for a postponement.

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Expo 2020 Dubai

The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed to 2021.This is the first time the World Exposition is hosted in the Middle East. The purpose of World Expositions is to promote international relations through uniting world countries with the exchange and exposure of ideas, new thoughts, innovation and experience in business, education, research and technology.

“A BETTER WORLD TOGETHER!” is the main theme for the Expo 2020 Dubai is Expo 2020 Dubai is not just another trade show – but a World Exposition where the world is gathering to present and showcase technology and knowhow for the future. Expo 2020 Dubai themes are in reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The EXPO theme recognises that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions.

At least 190 countries have confirmed their participation. Among these, around 80 countries will have their own self-build pavilion, with design and content never seen before. A number of NGOs, major corporations, institutes and academia will have their own exhibition facilities.

The EXPO site is situated between the new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) and The Port of Jebel Ali, and only a 35-40 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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