Rome, 7 October 2022 (TDI): The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a webinar to celebrate World Cotton Day today.

World Cotton Day is a celebration of cotton and an opportunity to show its enduring positive impact.

FAO invited the global community to celebrate the world’s most important natural fiber at the event.

About the Webinar

At the opening of the event FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu highlighted the crucial role that the cotton sector plays for its members. He also discussed its broader economic and social relevance around the world.

Ministers from Asia, Africa, and Latin America participated in the webinar and addressed the audience. Video statements by the heads of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) were presented by the officials at the webinar.

In addition, the event focused on the importance of the cotton sector for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event ended with the closing remarks by FAO’s Chief Economist Maximo Torrero Cullen.

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About World Cotton Day

World Cotton Day is celebrated every year on October 7 to highlight the significance of cotton products globally.

This day offers a unique opportunity to renew the commitment to a sustainable cotton sector for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Moreover, World Cotton Day is an excellent opportunity to renew our commitment to enhancing the sustainability of the cotton sector. It also provides an opportunity to bring the cotton sector to the forefront of the global agenda.

The initiative of World Cotton Day came into existence in 2019, when four cotton producers in sub-Saharan Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali, known as the “Cotton Four”  proposed a World Cotton Day celebration.