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UN Environment to open sustainable fashion alliance in Mar

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Courtesy: UNECE-FAO Forests
Courtesy: UNECE-FAO Forests
UN Environment, which agreed to host the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion during its first year, will formally launch it at its next Environment Assembly in March 2019. The alliance was set up by 10 different UN bodies during a side event on sustainable fashion at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on July 10 this year in New York.

The side event, hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), discussed how different UN organisations are working on sustainable fashion.

UNECE executive secretary Olga Algayerova stressed that it is time to ‘make sustainability the next fashionable trend’.

Around one-fifth of global waste water is produced by the fashion industry, which also emits about one-tenth of global carbon emissions, according to the United Nations. The textile industry has also been identified in recent years as a major contributor to plastic entering the ocean.

Fast fashion is also linked to dangerous working conditions due to unsafe processes and hazardous substances used in production.

The UN claims it is committed to changing the path of fashion, reducing its negative social, economic and environmental impact and turning it into a driver for the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The Alliance also aims to reach out to wider audiences, targeting the private sector, governments of UN member States, non-governmental organisations and other relevant stakeholders. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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