[Dateline: Nairobi | Author: UN-HABITAT]
UN-HABITAT announced on Friday that registration for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is in progress and opened to all UN bodies and their partners. The Nairobi-based agency is coordinating the event and has put in place a special team of staff, who are handling all arrangements. Please go to the UN-HABITAT web site and follow the links.
In a special message, Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon encouraged as many United Nations participants as possible to showcase their work at the glittering UN pavilion in Shanghai.
"I encourage all UN system agencies, programmes and funds to seize this opportunity to communicate with a large global audience," he said, adding, "Let us, together, show the world the many ways in which the United Nations promotes social justice and harmony, environmental protection and the overall well-being of the world's urban-dwellers."
With the theme "One Earth, One UN", the UN pavilion will showcase the wide-ranging efforts of the UN system to help the world to achieve sustainable urban development. "The exhibitions will display not only our knowledge and best practices, but also our unity of purpose advancing this crucially important agenda," said Mr. BAN.
The Secretary-General described the Shanghai World Expo as "the first global exposition dedicated to the potential -- and the problems -- of urban living in the 21st century."
With half of humanity now living in urban environment, the world is at the dawn of a new urban era. The general theme for the Shanghai expo is "Better City, Better Life."