MOVERS & SHAKERS: SEANN NELIPINATH, INDIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-USA

Seann Nelipinath hopes the U.S.-India Healthcare Summit he has helped organize as chairman of the India Chamber of Commerce-USA will spur business partnerships between the two countries.

Nelipinath said he also would like to see the summit, which the Consulate of India in Chicago also assisted in organizing, evolve into a yearly event that helps build momentum for the 2023 World’s Fair, known as Expo 2023.

A member of the advisory group that is bidding to bring the science and technology fair to Minnesota, Nelipinath conceived of the health care summit as a way to support the “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” theme the group has chosen for Expo 2023.

Todd Nelson, Star Tribune  |  July 24, 2015 – 8:59 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS PANEL SUPPORTS WORLD’S FAIR BID

Minneapolis City Council members on Wednesday threw their weight behind a campaign to bring the World’s Fair to Minnesota in 2023.

The council’s Committee of the Whole expressed enthusiasm for the three-month event, expected to draw between 10 million and 15 million visitors, and said they would push staffers to link the city’s government relations staff with the expo’s organizers to advance the event.

Unanimous approval from the committee for the city’s help comes as former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie spearheads a $1.5 million bid process to put Minnesota in the running for the fair. Since formally introducing the push in April, he has met with public officials, trade groups and other stakeholders.

“It would be incredible to have this in Minnesota,” Council Member Andrew Johnson said after Mark Ritchie, now the CEO of Expo 2023, gave a presentation on the event.

Karlee Weinmann, Finance & Commerce | July 22, 2015 – 2:37 PM

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MPLS. COUNCIL RECEPTIVE TO ‘EXPO 2023′ AS MINN. WORLD’S FAIR BID RAMPS UP

Imagine Minnesota hosting 10 consecutive Olympic Games, or a state-fair-sized crowd every day for three months. Could the Twin Cities really pull that off?

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis City Council said it likes the idea of hosting a version of the World’s Fair eight years from now.

Stephen Tellier, KSTP.com  |  July 22, 2015 – 10:16 PM

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QUAM PART OF TEAM LAYING GROUNDWORK FOR EXPO 2023

Lois Quam and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee co-chairwomen, announced their efforts to bring the World’s Fair to Minnesota in 2023 at a kick-off event Friday.

Karin Elton, Marshal Independent | April 11, 2015

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MINNESOTA WILL BID TO LAND THE 2023 WORLD’S FAIR

The world’s fair, that science and technology extravaganza that introduced wonders ranging from the Ferris wheel to videoconferencing, could land in Minnesota if a group of civic leaders have their way.

The new Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee announced Friday that it is preparing a bid for the 2023 fair, called Expo 2023, and that it has already raised nearly three-quarters of the $1.5 million needed to do it.

Expo 2023 would join the other mega events headed to Minnesota, such as the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 Final Four basketball championships, said Carlson, who co-chaired the committee that successfully won the Super Bowl bid for the state. “We can build on that,” she said. “And it will help us collaborate with others around the world to make this a healthy planet.”

Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune | April 11, 2015 – 12:03 AM

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Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, spoke of our theme to at our international symposium

Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIEDimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, spoke of our theme to at our international symposium. Here is an excerpt from his speech:

Specialised Expos are unique global gatherings that educate the public, promote innovation and advance cooperation on an international stage. By fostering progress and by conveying the key values that underpin their theme, Expos bring life to diverse ideas, connections and solutions that help us confront the pressing challenges facing the world.

According to Article 4 of the Convention relating to International Exhibitions, Specialised Expos must “illustrate a definite theme”. This theme must be precise and of international interest, allowing countries from across the world to address a particular challenge through an engaging and immersive event.

“Healthy People, Healthy Planet” is one such theme, one that would create a unique opportunity for the international community to promote health and well-being, not only for individuals, but for society as a whole, for our cities, and for our planet.

Expos have always provided solutions to the great problems of their time. As early as 1994, the General Assembly of the BIE adopted a resolution guaranteeing that all Expos have “a commitment to the supreme importance for Humanity of due respect for Nature and the environment”. This principle is of great significance to the BIE, as the solutions to the challenges of the 21st century can only be sustainable ones. Improving quality of life for all is dependent on respect for each other, and on respect for the planet.

In 2000, the Millennium Summit cited respect for nature as a fundamental value for the international community, and introduced healthcare as a component of Millennium Goals number 4, 5 and 6. Two years ago, the United Nations identified “Good Health and Well-Being” as the third Sustainable Development Goal, while four additional Goals were specifically agreed upon to protect our planet.

The proposed theme of Expo 2023 Minnesota is therefore a clear priority issue for the international community, one that can only be addressed by encompassing dialogue, action and innovation at the same time and in the same place. All of the factors that determine individual and public health – from prevention to treatment; from research to products; from infrastructure to policies – necessarily require cooperation within and across communities, which are more interconnected today than ever before.

Through their themes and through their means – exhibits, forums and events – Expos support the efforts of the global community in promoting and advancing the subjects at the core of the well-being of the entire planet, in a spirit of cooperation.  qw

This is why the global dialogue promoted by Expos is a powerful tool in the hands of the international community, inspiring and connecting the actions of governments and civil society in a joint endeavour. Expos are venues to addresses difficult issues in a non-confrontational setting, which will greatly benefit the search and application of solutions for healthier communities.

Expo 2023 Minnesota aims to be the first Expo to directly address the theme of health and well-being. But as a top-priority issue for humanity, the topic has been the focus of much attention at numerous past Expos. The historical World Expos of the 19th and 20th centuries placed a great deal of emphasis on showcasing modern healthcare techniques, and their designers and architects even had to take into consideration the health conundrums generated by the concentration of people at such large-scale gatherings. In this way, Expos contributed in part to the development of public health standards for large events, serving also as a test bed for public authorities. In the United States, Expo 1893 in Chicago, for example hosted an international congress on hospitals, dispensaries and nursing, while less than a decade later the X-Ray was first showcased at Expo 1904 in St. Louis.

Now in the 21st century, Minnesota has the opportunity to apply the same spirit of innovation and cooperation to health and well-being. The issues continue to evolve: the knowledge and best practices to be shared in 2023 will concern among others the promotion of active lifestyles, of sustainable and nutritious diets, and of a harmonious relationship between humankind and its environment.

Amid the changing focus of health and well-being priorities, cooperation remains essential. Only through dialogue and concertation can we overcome and contain health threats that know neither borders nor nationalities. It is at the macro scale – institutional and economic – that organisations must invest and work across boundaries to pursue research and development, to improve access to treatment, and to build coherent prevention strategies.

Only by involving citizens, experts, companies, governments and international organisations will it be possible to identify, foster and promote global solutions in favour of healthy lifestyles, and mental and physical well-being for all. Without health, there is little hope for the future, and without a healthy planet, there is no room for progress.

We look forward to learning more about this vitally important theme over the course of this forum. The future of humanity and the future of the planet are dependent on the issues that will be raised here, and it is essential for global dialogue to continue.