World Cotton Day — 7 October 2019

A global celebration of cotton and its stakeholders, from field to fabric and beyond.

What is World Cotton Day?

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


  • Give exposure and recognition to cotton and all its stakeholders in production, transformation and trade.
  • Engage donors and beneficiaries and strengthen development assistance for cotton.
  • Seek new collaborations with the private sector and investors for the cotton-related industries and production in developing countries.
  • Promote technological advances, as well as further research and development on cotton.

Launch of World Cotton Day

A high-level plenary session will take place with heads of state, heads of international organizations and executives from the private sector.

The Partners' Conference

Development partners will meet to discuss and consolidate support for a new project on cotton by-products and for other development initiatives.

Side events

Thematic sessions will be organized by partner organizations, with the participation of academics, private sector representatives, NGOs and national cotton associations to exchange views on selected topics.

The thematic sessions will cover:

Cotton exhibition and booths

The World Cotton Day launch event is an opportunity for members, the private sector and the international development community to share knowledge and showcase cotton-related activities and products.

Photo contest

The photo contest is intended to encourage photographers around the world to communicate strong and positive messages underlining the importance of the cotton value chain.

Find out the rules and deadlines here.

Fashion event

A fashion event will take place to display cotton fashion and designers from different parts of the world with a special focus on Africa.

Global activities

In addition to the launch at the WTO, World Cotton Day will be celebrated in different countries across the globe, with various events giving visibility to producers, processors and businesses . Specific activities will be organized at the country level and will be livestreamed at WTO headquarters.

More information


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Cotton Portal - Trade Intelligence for Cotton

Cotton Portal, launched at the 2017 Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference, provides a single-entry point for all the cotton-specific information available in WTO and ITC databases on market access, trade statistics, country-specific business contacts and development-assistance related information.


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