On December 17, 2019, at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, NY/USA, the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Germany, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) reported on how to collaborate in furthering the implementation of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the fashion and textile industry.
The global engagement of the private sector and other stakeholders for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is important. The international fashion and textile industry have a potential to advance the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Together with Messe Frankfurt and Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP welcomes the opportunity to reach a broad and professional audience, raise awareness of the goals and galvanize support.
Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board at Messe Frankfurt, explained: “Along with digitalization, sustainability is a topic currently exerting a significant influence on the global textile industry. Messe Frankfurt has been accompanying this development with its worldwide textile events under the umbrella of the Texpertise Network for more than 10 years. It is therefore a logical conclusion that the Sustainable Development Goals should be integrated in worldwide textile events to generate acute awareness of the importance of sustainability in the textile industry.”
With its Texpertise Network, Messe Frankfurt supports the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the cooperation with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and UNOP. The goals will be presented at the more than 50 textile events at venues around the globe. Planning currently includes interactive information stands, presentations, discussion forums, fair tours and the integration of special activities in the trade fair program.
Photo (left to right): Kerry Bannigan, Detlef Braun, Jürgen Schulz and Robert Skinner (Photo: Rich Dodge)