World Cotton Day 2023- A Day to celebrate the importance of cotton

World Cotton Day is celebrated every year on 7 October by people all over the world. The day aims to highlight the important role of cotton in creating jobs and economic stability in the countries that are least developed. The developing countries benefit a great deal with the production of cotton and it also promotes sustainable trade policies. In this article, you will find important details related to World Cotton Day 2023 like its history, reason for observation, celebrations around the world, theme, and much more.

World Cotton Day 2023 Overview

EventWorld Cotton Day 2023
DateOctober 7, 2023
Declared byUnited Nations
Observed byWorldwide
Purpose of celebrationTo highlight the important role of cotton in creating jobs and economic stability in the countries that are least developed.

World Cotton Day 2023 Date

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for World Cotton Day for the next 5 years.

World Cotton Day 2023October 7, 2023Saturday
World Cotton Day 2024October 7, 2024Monday
World Cotton Day 2025October 7, 2025Tuesday
World Cotton Day 2026October 7, 2026Wednesday
World Cotton Day 2027October 7, 2027Thursday

World Cotton Day Significance

Cotton plays an important role in maintaining and sustaining the economies of multiple countries around the world. Cotton finds applications in different industries, especially in the textile and clothing industries. The economies of many poor countries depend on the export of cotton and it supports many households by offering employment. To make people aware of the crucial role of cotton and increase its visibility in the economic sector, World Cotton Day is celebrated every year on October 7. The day also provides an opportunity to renew the commitment to a sustainable cotton sector for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.


In 2019, four major cotton-producing countries located in sub-Saharan Africa, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali proposed the celebration of World Cotton Day at the  World Trade Organization (WTO). The proposal was instantly accepted by the WTO and October 7 was chosen as the day of celebration. Thus, the world’s first cotton day was observed on October 7, 2019, with events organized by WTO in collaboration with the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Trade Center, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Two years later, in 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution (A/RES/75/318) proclaiming World Cotton Day on August 30, 2021.

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World Cotton Day Celebration 2023

World Cotton Day provides an opportunity for cotton producers, processing industries, partner organizations, and others to share the significance of cotton. Many events, mostly local, are organized on the occasion of Cotton Day which includes lectures, round-table conferences, photo contests, seminars, etc. Some cotton communities also arrange field visits, organize award ceremonies, and share knowledge on cotton through social media campaigns. You can become a part of such activities or organize some of your own to spread awareness about cotton and its importance.

World Cotton Day Theme 2023

Check out the theme for the World Cotton Day celebration for 2023 in the table along with all the past years’ themes (except for 2019 when the first-ever celebrations were held without a theme):

2023Making cotton fair and sustainable for all, from farm to fashion
2022Weaving a better future for cotton
2021Cotton for Good
2020Cotton: The Fibre that Moves Me

Interesting facts about Cotton You Need to Know

Here are a few interesting facts related to cotton that you may like to know:

  • There is no wastage when it comes to cotton plants.
  • Unlike other cellulose fibers, cotton is stronger when wet.
  • Banknotes are generally made using cotton.
  • The quality of cotton yarn is defined by number. The higher the number the finer the yarn.
  • Cotton was used to cover the wings of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903.
  • The United States is the largest exporter of cotton in the world.
  • Cotton is measured in terms of bale.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will we observe World Cotton Day 2023?

October 7, 2023

Which country is the largest producer of cotton?


Is there any national cotton celebration day?


How old is the history of cotton?

The earliest evidence of cotton use dates back to around 5500 BC.

Where was the first World Cotton Day conference held?

The WTO will host the first World Cotton Day (WCD) in Geneva.

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