The World Cotton Day begins this Sunday (7 October) in Geneva and is expected to be attended by heads of states and international organisations.
India too will be there and Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani will be representing the country at the event that is being organised by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
WTO is hosting the 5-day event at the request of ‘cotton four (C4)’ countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, to celebrate their official application to recognise 7 October as World Cotton Day by United Nations.
So, from this Sunday to next 5 days, World Cotton Day will celebrate the benefits of cotton from its qualities as a natural fibre, to the benefits people obtain from its production, transformation, trade and consumption.
The objective of observing World Cotton Day on 7 October is to engage donors and beneficiaries and strengthen development assistance for cotton.
Besides, the focus will be on seeking new collaborations with the private sector and investors for cotton-related industries.
There cannot be a better opportunity than now for members, the private sector and the international development community to not only share knowledge, but also exhibit cotton-related activities and products.
And there’s more! There will be Partners Conference, photo contests, fashion events and a cotton exhibition during the event.
Also, to commomerate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a sculpture of the great leader will be displayed at the event.
The cotton exhibition will see participation from TEXPROCIL, Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC), Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
Notably, cotton occupies just 2.1 per cent of world’s arable land, and yet meets 27 per cent of world’s textile needs.