Introduction – World Cotton Day is celebrated every year on October 7 across the world which marks the third anniversary celebration of the international event. This international day was firstly proposed by the World Trade Organization on October 2019. The main purpose of this international day is to raise awareness about the importance of cotton.
Cotton is a natural fiber and is grown in over 75 countries with five continents being traded across the world. It is one of the most important natural fibers that play an important role in the economy of several countries.
History – World Cotton Day was firstly celebrated in the year 2019 across the world. The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have introduced this international day all around the world. Chad, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Mali were collectively called as the Cotton Four made an official proposal to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the establishment of this international day which highlights the importance of cotton worldwide. These four countries celebrate this international day that was welcomed by the WTO on October 7, 2019. The Bremen Cotton Exchange is one of the main cotton companies across the world which supported the idea to celebrate World Cotton Day as an international event.
Theme – The theme of World Cotton Day in the year 2022 is “Weaving a better future for cotton” which concentrates on cotton cultivation and is sustainable for the better lives of cotton smallholders, laborers, and their families.
Significance – The main aim of this international day is to raise awareness about the advantages and importance of cotton for the economic development of countries. This international day provides an opportunity to give help for the better lives of cotton laborers worldwide. Cotton fiber is used to make clothes for both men and women globally. It is also used as food products including edible oil obtained from cotton and its seeds are used as animal fodder. Cotton is the only agricultural product that is used as food and fiber. This international day aims to spread awareness about the importance of cotton and cotton-related products which is essential for developing countries to sell their cotton-good products in the global market for profit and economic development.