October 7 has been added to the permanent calendar of the United Nations (UN) as World Cotton Day. The UN is following a proposal by the West African cotton-growing countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast and Mali.
It was first launched on October 7, 2019 at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva/Switzerland, along with 4 other founding organizations. These include the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Bremen Cotton Exchange, Bremen/Germany, is also participating in World Cotton Day.
World Cotton Day is intended to focus attention on the economic importance of cotton and the millions of people who work in the global cotton and textile industry. This natural fabric is a life-changing product worldwide that sustains 28.67 million growers and benefits over 100 million families across 75 countries in 5 continents. They are to be celebrated with events, while at the same time support is called for in the fight against poverty in developing countries.
Cotton is one of the most important fibers in the textile and apparel industry and a significant economic factor for countless people, especially in developing countries.
The motto for this year's World Cotton Day is “Cotton for Good”. The international cotton community is holding a virtual celebration to mark the occasion, featuring renowned speakers from various global organizations.