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Expo 2020 Dubai : Opportunity Pavilion to show how UN goals can be ‘Mission Possible’

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With days left before the Dubai Expo 2020, one of the spectacle’s biggest attractions – the Opportunity Pavilion – aims to show how the international event can be a catalyst for renewed action to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN SDGs - a 17-point action plan those targets ending poverty, protecting the planet, and improving the lives and prospects of people around the world - will be brought to life at Expo 2020 Dubai with a physical presence at the event, in the form of Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion.

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The Pavilion is an interactive exhibition journey that addresses what the UN says are the most fundamental global challenges of our time.

The United Nations (UN) will have a dedicated space, the UN Hub (#UNHub), at Mission Possible, where the experience will focus on water, food and energy – key elements of the SDGs.

Three innovative projects will represent these themes.

Abel Cruz from Peru addresses water shortages through fog nets that harvest fog and turn it into water; UAE National Mariam Al Juneibi is a sustainable organic farmer who promotes sustainable farming and healthy eating practices, while encouraging people to grow their own vegetables; and Fatma Juma Haji, a master trainer who teaches other women to install solar panels, helps create sustainable energy in Zanzibar, where less than four per cent of the population has access to electricity.

The Opportunity Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. (Supplied: Dubai Expo 2020)
The Opportunity Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. (Supplied: Dubai Expo 2020)

The experience concludes with the Pledge Room, an upside-down space entered ‘through the clouds,’ where visitors are asked to commit to a course of action that will make a difference in their own and their community’s lives.

Their pledges are transported to the ‘garden’ – a representation situated on the ceiling of the room.

Throughout the six months of Expo 2020, Mission Possible aims to inform, inspire and engage visitors to contribute to the SDGs, while examining how the potential of communities and individuals can be unlocked to help shape the future and create an equal playing field for everyone.

Designed by AGi Architects, Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion was conceived as a large plaza. Floating 32 meters above the ground, its canopy represents clouds, while a terracotta ‘carpet’ covers the ground and the pavilion’s facade, representing Earth and inviting visitors to share their experiences.

The pavilion’s exhibition has been designed by ALEC Fit Out and ICARIA Atelier.

One of the first global mega-events to take place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, and will see millions of visitors join in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.

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