EXPO 2020 Izmir


EXPO 2020 Izmir


In EXPO we believe!

EXPO is one of the largest gatherings in the world and a platform where knowledge, ideas, projects and cultural content for the future well-being of humanity are shared. EXPOs and their various themes not only contribute to their host cities’ development but also to the world at large.

We believe in the ideal of “Health for All!”

Health is one of the fundamental tenets listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It forms the basis for the welfare of the nations and the individual. That is why Izmir adopted the “New Routes to a Better World / Health for All” theme, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, for its EXPO 2020 bid.

Izmir is aware that at present:

–          In developing countries half of the population lives at least 8 km away from basic health services.

–          Twenty percent of all infant mortality cases can be traced back to inadequate healthcare. Contagious diseases can spread around the world in a matter of days or in some cases even hours.

–          Chronic diseases are becoming a bigger threat with each passing day.

–          More than half of the world’s countries spend over 15 percent of their GDP on health related expenses.

“Health for All” ideal can be made possible through global cooperation and the sharing of knowledge.

Izmir believes that the “Health for All” ideal can be realized in a sustainable way by implementing relevant sub-themes for the individual and society alike:

–          “Healthy Living” is a key to improving the living standards of individuals and providing them with happy lives.

–          A focus on “Public Health and Education” will improve the population’s overall life quality and prevent a variety of health problems.

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–          “Innovation” will provide solutions for current and future health issues.

–          “Care and Collaboration” will allow the creation of permanent health systems.


We believe in the Turkish model!

 Turkey’s health reforms have achieved concrete results in recent years. For example:

–          Average life expectancy has increased by three years.

–          Infant mortality has dropped by 64 percent.

–          The whole population has been vaccinated.

–          Access to health services has broadened (to 97 percent from 60 percent).

These impressive achievements not only show that the “Health for All” ideal is possible, but also prove that the Turkish Model of Health Access is socially just, high quality, productive and sustainable.


We believe in Izmir and its citizens!

We are the people of Izmir; ours is a city whose physicians shaped medical history. It is one which possesses millennia old treatment centers and nine universities. It has health centers and institutions equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, as well as a developed industry, an ideal climate, natural resources, a high quality workforce and above all, a healthy life style.

We aim to be the hosts for EXPO 2020 and to create a domestic and global platform that will be a fine showcase for the very latest developments related to health, a platform which will generate new opportunities for the whole of humanity and create health solutions to meet everyone’s requirements.

We aim to bring the whole world closer to the “Health for All” dream through the opportunities created by EXPO 2020 IZMIR.

 Will you join us?

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