World Cotton Day launch at WTO on 7 October 2019

World Cotton Day sheds light on the linkages between trade, cotton and development

The World Cotton Day, launched 7 October 2019, sheds light on the linkages between trade, cotton and development communities and the need to achieve greater value addition and value capture in developing countries. It marks the importance of the cotton dossier at the WTO, both on trade and development, especially for developing and least-developed countries.

The partner organizations for World Cotton Day (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations — FAO; the International Cotton Advisory Committee — ICAC; International Trade Centre — ITC; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization — UNIDO; and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD) say that the event enables stakeholders along the cotton value chain to build better cooperation, with strong commitments to mobilize funding for future cotton projects.

More than 850 participants from the global cotton community attended the event at the WTO in 2019 and over 6,000 stakeholders from across the world engaged globally through their own activities, email campaigns and social media participation.

The “Cotton-4” (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali), takes pride in their initiative to launch the conference and in its numerous positive outcomes, and which ambition is to see World Cotton Day soon officially recognized by the UN General Assembly.

Speakers in this video:

Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General,
Kai Hughes, ICAC Executive Director
Moulaye Ahmed Boubacar, Mali’s Minister of Agriculture
Arancha González, ITC former Executive Director
Isabelle Durant, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General
Harouna Kaboré, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Handicraft
Achta Djibrine Sy, Chad’s Minister of Mines, Industry and Trade
Shadiya Alimatou Assouman, Benin’s Minister of Trade and Industry
Tereza Cristina Corrêa Da Costa Dias, Brazil’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
Sumriti Z. Irani, India’s Minister of Textiles
Xiangchen Zhang, China’s Ambassador to the WTO

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