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Sub-Committee on Cotton - WTO launch of World Cotton Day (WCD) - 7 October 2019 - Report
作者:Sub-Committee on Cotton
文件編號:TN/AG/SCC/W/33, WT/CFMC/61

WTO Launch of World Cotton Day (WCD) – 7 October 2019


1.  On 7 October 2019, the WTO hosted the launch of World Cotton Day (WCD) to showcase the contributions derived from cotton by economies worldwide. The event offered a unique opportunity for participants from around the world to: (i) establish networks; (ii) keep abreast of the latest developments on cotton production and trade; and (iii) discuss cotton-related challenges from national, regional and international perspectives, including for the most impoverished regions of the world.

2.  The WCD launch event was organized at the request of the Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali)[1], to support their draft UN Resolution for an annual day to celebrate the importance of cotton as a global commodity.

3.  The launch event was organized by the WTO Secretariat, in collaboration with the Secretariats of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the International Trade Centre (ITC); the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

4.  WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff chaired WTO internal preparations and the cross‑divisional task force group created for the event.[2]

5.  The launch event at the WTO was attended by over 800 participants, including eight Ministers from seven WTO Members[3], high-level officials, heads of international organizations, Geneva-based delegates and the global cotton community - national growers associations, traders, inspection services providers, cotton promoters, development assistance partners, scientists, scholars, retailers, brand representatives, and the private sector.

[1] The co-authors of the 2003 WTO Sectorial Initiative on Cotton.

[2] Administration and General Services Division; Agriculture and Commodities Division; Council and TNC Division; Information and External Relations Division; Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation; Languages, Documentation and Information Management Division; Office of Deputy Director-General Wolff; Office of the Director-General.

[3] From Angola, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, India (who donated a cotton spinning wheel, also known as charkha, to the WTO to mark the occasion) and Mali.