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United Nations confirms participation in Yeosu Expo

The United Nations has officially informed the Organizing Committee for Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea of its intended participation at the Expo.

The Organizing Committee for Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea said on February 23 that the U.N. had given official notification of its intention to participate in the Expo in the form of a letter signed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

With the U.N.’s participation confirmed, the Expo has attained its target for participation by international organizations one year and three months before its opening.

Following its notification of participation, the U.N. is reportedly taking follow-up measures, including the selection of a coordinating agency to help with its participation among the subsidiary agencies in the areas of ocean, fisheries, and the environment under its umbrella, and the appointment of a supervisor to oversee the U.N. exhibition space.

As the U.N.’s participation in the Expo holds significance for the successful hosting of the event, the Organizing Committee expects the move will prompt those priority countries yet to pledge their attendance to do so.

The U.N. will be allocated an exhibition space within the International Organizations Pavilion, which will be constructed inside the Expo site in the coming months, to display exhibits on the Expo’s theme. The U.N. is expected to help significantly elevate the Expo along with other international organizations, including OECD, IPCC, PEMSEA, and CBD, which confirmed their participation at an earlier date.

• OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia), CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity)

Meanwhile, the combined number of participating countries increased to 85 as of March 23 as Argentina, Indonesia and Monaco have notified their participation to the Organizing Committee, and the Expo has come a step closer to attaining its goal of attracting 100 nations.

Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, under the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast,” will take place in the Yeosu New Port area for three months from May 12 to August 12, 2012. The Expo aims to attract 100 participating countries and five international organizations, as well as 8 million visitors (including 550,000 from overseas)

* Government press release (March 9)

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