Events & Observances Current Affairs - 2019

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October 7: World Cotton Day; Textile Minister attends the program

The World Cotton Day (WCD) is being organized by the WTO in collaboration with UN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), UNCTD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), International Trade Center and International Cotton Advisory Committee.

The World Cotton Day is being observed for the first time. The resilience of farmers will be recognized and celebrated on the day.

Objective

The Objective of World Cotton Day is

  • to provide exposure to cotton and its stakeholders
  • To seek new collaboration for developing countries with private sectors and investors
  • To engage beneficiaries and strengthen development od assistance for cotton.

Global Celebration

The WCD will be celebrated in different countries with events that will provide exposure to farmers, researchers and business participants.

Several conferences, seminars and discussions will be conducted to mark the event.

Significance

Cotton is produced in 75 countries. It accounts to 18 billion USD of annual trade. Around 26 million farmers are involved in cotton farming. China is the largest producer of cotton followed by India, USA, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey.

Usage of water

Cotton is a draught resistant crop. The deep root system of cotton is ideal for arid climate.

Usage of land

Cotton occupies 2.1% of world’s arable land and yet accounts to 27% of world textile needs.

Cotton Technical Assistance Program

Between 2011 and 2018, India conducted CTAP in 7 African countries namely Benin, Faso, Burkina, Mali, Chad, Uganda and Malawi. It focusses on increasing the competitiveness of cotton and cotton-based industries. This was a huge success.

Textile Minister attended the WCD program in Geneva. She announced that India is set to launch second phase of CTAP for Africa. It will be introduced in 5 additional countries Mali, Togo, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. India already had the program implemented in 6 African countries Benin, Chad, Burkin Faso, Malawi, Nigeria.

39th World Congress of Poets organized in Bhubaneswar

The 39th World Congress of Poets was inaugurated at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology.

Theme: Compassion through Poetry.

The theme aims to promote peace and brotherhood through poetry.

The event was inaugurated by the Odisha Chief Minister. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu attended the event.

Significance of WCP

The congress is essential to achieve SDG 4 – Quality Education.

About World Congress of Poetry (WCP)

The WCP was founded in 1969. It was held at Manila, Philippines the first time. It is being organized by WAAC – World Academy of Arts and Culture. The WAAC conducts poetry workshops, art exhibits, dance, music, cultural exchange programs. The organization maintains a library at Taipei, Taiwan. WAAC serves UIA – Union of International Associations. UIA is a research institute and documentation center headquartered at Brussels. It was founded in 1907. It monitors international organizations, association and their challenges.