WTO World Cotton Day registration closes on September 20, 2019

Online registration for the WTO launch of World Cotton Day must be completed no later than  September 20,  2019. Last minute and onsite registrations will not be accepted for the event, which will be held on 7 October at the WTO headquarters. Participation at the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.

For registration, please fill in the online form here

World Cotton Day will celebrate cotton, from its qualities as a natural fibre to the benefits people obtain from its production, transformation, trade and consumption. The event will also serve to shed light on the challenges faced by cotton industries around the world, and particularly in least-developed countries (LDCs).

The day’s events will include:

  • a plenary session with heads of state, heads of international organizations, ministers and high-level officials as well as industry and business leaders
  • several thematic side events gathering public and private sector leaders and experts on cotton for informative discussions and networking
  • a partners’ conference organized to leverage resources and catalyse technical expertise specifically towards a new project on technology transfer for the development of cotton by-product value chains in eight pilot African LDCs
  • a fashion show to display cotton fashion and designers from different parts of the world with a special focus on Africa
  • a press conference
  • cotton exhibitions, display booths, a pop-up store, a photo contest, a reception and livestreaming of cotton celebrations around the world

For further information, please visit the dedicated webpage

Background

At the initiative of the Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali), the WTO will host the launch of World Cotton Day on October 7, 2019. This event stems from the C-4’s official application for the

recognition of a World Cotton Day by the United Nations General Assembly, reflecting the importance of cotton as a global commodity.

The WTO Secretariat is organizing the event in collaboration with the secretariats of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). Other international organizations, non-governmental organizations, research and academic institutions and the private sector are also invited to participate.

Should you have further questions, please contact the World Cotton Day Team at: worldcottonday@wto.org