Organization: UNECE

Location: Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG), Room 2

Description: Fashion is not just about fancy clothes. The $2.5 trillion-dollar fashion industry is the second highest user of water worldwide, producing 20% of global waste water; 10% of global carbon emissions are emitted by the apparel industry and cotton farming is responsible for 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides despite using only 3% of world’s arable land. Beyond the environmental dimension, the fashion industry is closely linked to labour, gender and poverty issues. 1 in 6 people in the world works in a fashion related job, and 80 percent of the labour force throughout the supply chain are women. Despite the variety of efforts by different UN institutions, so far, the UN has not taken a comprehensive approach to address all aspects of a sustainable fashion industry. This is surprising given the importance of this industry in reaching the SDGs.

On the 1st March 2018, as part of the Regional Forum on SDGs, the side event "Fashion and the SDGs: what role for the UN" will take place at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) including speakers such as UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova, President of ECOSOC Marie Chatardova, and panelists from various UN organisations and the fashion industry. They will be dicussing how the UN could reach a coherent and coordinated approach towards the development of a sustainable fashion industry.

The event will take place on the 1st of March from 13:15-14:45 in Room 2 of the CICG and is open to the public upon registration here by 16 Febuary 2018 (please only tick "Regional Forum plenary" when you register, unless you would like to attend other sessions). Please find the programme of the event attached.