Swedish Garden of Expo 2014 is going to hold in Qingdao, China. It has a tight relation with BIE.The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) (International Exhibitions Bureau) is the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos.


The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris, France in 1928, which established the rights and responsibilities of the Expo organizers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention.

As the international governing body of Expos, the BIE provides the regulatory framework for these prestigious global events, in which countries, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens participate.

The BIE’s mission is to maintain the integrity and quality of Expos so that they may continue to educate the public and promote innovation in the service of human progress.

Expos must be able to not only provide a benchmark for the human progress made in a given domain but also propose a roadmap for the way forward – and the BIE works to ensure this.

The Executive Committee assesses new projects and oversees the different aspects of Expo progress and organization. The BIE General Assembly elects the twelve members of the committee for two years.


Expos have a long history that predates the creation of the BIE. The historic large-scale markets located at major routes intersections supported the prosperity of strategic cities and regions. Through regular venues, these markets fostered an atmosphere of mutual understanding and fellowship between people of different nations and often conflicting cultures. Buyers and sellers would flock to the cities of Lyon, Frankfurt and Leipzig in particular from all over medieval Europe.

The first Expo, as we conceive it today, took place in London in 1851, almost a century before the creation of BIE. Paris organized six brilliant Expos in 1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900 and 1937.  Other major cities followed in creating major events that attracted craftsmen, innovators and producers from all over the world. Among the well-known cities that have hosted Expos include: Vienna 1873, Barcelona 1888, Brussels 1897 and Saint-Louis 1904.


The actions of the Bureau of International Exhibitions are based upon three fundamental values:

TRUST: by adhering to 1928 Paris Convention, Countries have committed to create major opportunities for humanity to meet and have established a link of fraternity between cultures. The objective is to carry out a grand and common project, in a spirit of education and communication, which can help build trust and connect governments and civil society.

SOLIDARITY: multicultural exchange is the foundation of each Expo and shared action is their engine. Expos are the intersection of cultural diversity and innovation, where civilizations share their know-how with the goal to identify, together, the best prospects and the best solution to face the major challenges for humanity.

PROGRESS: Expos foster education through experience, development through innovation and experimentation through cooperation. They are powerful catalyst for growth and a bridge between different eras. The driving force of Expos is the identity of each culture and the respect of the environment for the development of humanity. Expos also contribute to the moral, material and technological progress of humanity.


The Emblem of the BIE can be found in the logo and on the flag. It evokes the future evolution of humanity, technical development, moral and material progress, the ascension towards a better world. The circle symbolises peace, fraternity and cultural exchanges between people. The horizontal lines represent the steps towards a future of limitless progress. The color blue suggests the nobility of the pursued aims; it is the color of the vast oceans and of the sky, it evokes the universe, the cosmos. The lines are of a pure white, inviolable, evoking justice.


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