Expo Dubai: 'environmental transition' at France pavilion

Overview of heritage and know-how, says minister

30 April, 11:47

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLE, APRIL 30 - "We will focus on putting scientific and technical innovation in the service of human progress. Our Pavilion will enable highlighting the richness of our touristic, gastronomic and cultural assets through a diverse event programming which, throughout a span of six months, will offer the public an overview of our country's heritage and top-level know-how," French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian said Monday in relation to the country's participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, Gulf news reported on Wednesday.

    He was speaking after giving a virtual tour alongside Erik Linquier, Commissioner General for France at the Dubai World Expo and chairman of Cofrex (Compagnie Française des Expositions), and Justine Weulersse, Content and Programming Director and Exhibition Commissioner General.

    Gulf News reported that they said that "the ambition of the France Pavilion is to unleash its visitors' inspiration - to bring out ideas, desires, and emotions as well as to generate involvement and to embody innovations. The visitor experience revolves around light, manifested in both the pavilion's architecture and in its exhibitions." Emmanuelle Wargon, French Minister Delegate for Housing, added: "Expo 2020 is a unique opportunity to exhibit our country as a pioneer in ecological ways of living. We will show, through effective example, that France is playing a leadership role at the global level to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and ecological transition." The French pavilion is getting ready for the October opening and will host events on 12 themes over 15 days, based on 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on biodiversity, climate, peace, space, consumption, and environmental protection.

    The organisers of the French Pavilion promenade underscored that it will be ""a place for strolling in a relaxed way" and that "there will also be a playground for children that resembles a treasure hunt", Gulf News reported.

    "The 1,600-sqm promenade is protected by a canopy and surrounded by endemic tree species. It will also host an exhibition dedicated to innovative textiles developed by lille3000 featuring diverse themes such as mobility, health, seas and oceans, wind, aroma, space, and light. There will also be 13 photography exhibitions," it said, adding that it "will present a wealth of French heritage, captured by The Explorers and in partnership with the regions of France, Atout France and Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). Visitors will be greeted by a panorama of images, draw inspiration from natural and cultural treasures." (ANSAmed).

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