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[Bureau International des Expositions]
image by Zachary Harden, 18 July 2022

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Bureau International des Exposition flag

[Bureau International des Expositions]
Source; image by Zachary Harden, 10 October 2023

The BIE, the Bureau International des Expositions, is the international body that sanctions international expositions (world's fairs). It consists of the BIE logo in blue on a white field. The logo was created by a Japanese student in 1969. It is flown at all sanctioned world's fairs. I do not know if there is an official height-to-width ratio.
Urso S. A. Chappell, 3 January 2002

The world's fair flag was created for Expo'70 in Osaka. It is white with the BIE symbol in the middle. At most closing ceremonies these days it is pass to the next host city something like the Olympic flag. Many individual expos have had their own flags as well - for the most part these have also been white with the each expo's symbol in the middle. The earliest flag 
I've seen is from New York 1939.
Mike Kuna
, 25 May 2002

It seems the below flag was used at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China, but in the expo being held in Osaka, Japan, in 2025, the pre-2010 flag has been readopted. This flag was seen at the 2020 Expo in Dubai, UAE.
Zachary Harden, 18 July 2022

Earlier flag

[Bureau International des Expositions]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 5 July 2010

The new flag, based on the organization's website has a smaller logo that previously, with a shining effect, and the text Bureau International des Expositions" written around the hoist side, in green (B, I, Expo) and blue (remaining letters).
Zoltan Horvath
, 5 July 2010