World Cotton Day observed
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11th Oct, 2020
- The 2nd World Cotton Day was observed on 7th October.
- World Cotton Day was launched at the initiative of the Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) by the World Trade hosted on 7th October 2019
- It was launched in collaboration with the secretariats of the UN, FAO, UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).
- To recognize the importance of cotton as a global commodity grown in over 75 countries across 5 continents.
- To highlight its central role in job creation and maintaining economic stability in several least-developed countries.
- Cotton Four: African countries — Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali — known as the Cotton Four or C4.
- Cotton is discussed at the WTO for: (1) the trade reforms needed to address subsidies and high trade barriers for cotton; (2) the assistance provided to the cotton sector in developing countries.
- These various tracks of discussion have been developed over the years as a response to a series of proposals to address the cotton sector tabled by four African countries — Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali — known as the Cotton Four or C4.