The UN has welcomed its first few thousand visitors to its pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. Revolving through a journey of the UN’s work on improving urban structures and the environment around the world, the UN pavilion showcases the Expo’s theme of a common aspiration to create better habitats for humanity, especially in urban environments.
“The pictures and short video clips remind me of our responsibilities of conquering poverty and disease and protecting our environment and energy,” says Chen, a visitor on the first day. “It’s not only the responsibility of the United Nations but the responsibility of everybody. We can do many tiny little things like driving less and using recyclable packaging to construct a low-carbon society.”
Many visitors show a strong interest on the Forum area, where open debate and dialogue will take place over the coming months. “It’s impressive to have all of the member states’ flags on the back of the chairs,” says Lee, an admirer of the Forum. “It’s like a microcosm of the UN General Assembly.”
The UN boutique and products as well as the China shop are welcomed by the tourists. “It’s memorable to have a souvenir with the UN logo. You can’t buy them elsewhere,” says Levine as he decides on his purchases. “There are also many Chinese elements here inside the Pavilion; there’s Chinese tea, white wine and traditional Chinese silk. I’m going to take some souvenirs home.”