L-R: Franz Fayot, Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy; André Hansen, Ministry of the Economy; Credit: MECO

Luxembourg's Ministry of the Economy has announced that the Grand Duchy will be participating in the World Expo 2025 Osaka in Japan.

This world-famous event will take place from 13 April to 13 October 2025 in Yumeshima, an artificial island on the Osaka waterfront. Under the theme “Designing the society of the future, imagining our life of tomorrow”, World Expo 2025 Osaka is preparing to welcome 175 official participants, including 150 countries and 25 international organisations. The main theme as well as its sub-themes “Saving lives”, “Inspiring lives” and “Connecting lives”, are in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN) with a view to creating an inclusive, just and sustainable society.

As the organising country, Japan aims to position this edition of the World Expo as a source of inspiration to encourage countries to achieve (and even go beyond) these sustainable development objectives. By thematising at least one of the seventeen SDGs, each participant will present their view of the society of tomorrow. Particular attention will be paid to mobility, carbon neutrality and digitalisation as essential factors in shaping the future societal vision.

The Luxembourg Government Council's decision to have the Grand Duchy participate in World Expo 2025 was linked to the fact that the event's main theme is in line with Luxembourg's orientation and positioning in favour of sustainable and innovative economic development. Moreover, the Grand Duchy maintains very close bilateral relations with Japan. These links, which date back more than 90 years, are supported by the proximity of the royal and imperial houses of the two countries, as evidenced by the state visit to Japan in 2017. The opening, in 1987, of the first Luxembourg resident embassy in Tokyo is further proof of the long-standing privileged relations between the two countries. Within its international economic promotion network, the Grand Duchy also has a "Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office" (LTIO) in Tokyo, which provides both support to Luxembourg companies wishing to develop their activities in Japan and targeted economic development promotion from Luxembourg to Japan, which is the Grand Duchy's second largest trading partner in Asia. 

By design and architecture, the Luxembourg pavilion will be fully in line with the principles of the circular economy to comply with the government programme which advocates the active development of the circular economy in all areas. The Government Council decided to reserve a medium-sized plot of land with the organisers of the  World Expo 2025 Osaka on which to build the Luxembourg pavilion, which will be significantly smaller than the one for the World Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Economy Minister Franz Fayot stated: “On the occasion of Osaka 2025, Luxembourg will participate for the 25th time in a universal exhibition. The pavilion that we are going to develop on this occasion will perfectly reflect the government's desire to lead the Grand Duchy towards a sustainable and innovative future. This edition of the Universal Exhibition will also allow private sector players to benefit from a prime showcase to present Luxembourg to the whole world as a pioneering country of the circular economy".