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Accelerating sustainability in the textile value chain, inspiring action and behaviour change

The United Nations Environment Programme is organising a side event at the upcoming World Circular Economy Forum.

This event aims to promote the key outcomes of the upcoming UNEP roadmap report, which will set out a collaborative pathway for the sector to move to greater sustainability and circularity in the textile value chain.The event will also present some main findings of the consultation process for the roadmap which is being developed through a multi-stakeholder consultation approach for joint ownership and builds upon a 2020 UNEP report Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Chain, a stocktaking analysis of the current state of the textile sector which identified hotspots of high environmental and socio-economic impacts in the value chain and mapped existing initiatives against them.

The session will also launch UNEP’s upcoming sustainable fashion communications strategy, which builds on the technical findings and recommendations to strengthen demand for a positive fashion future by changing the narrative of the sector from one of extraction, exploitation and disposable consumption, towards regeneration, equity and care. This objective requires an increase in consumer awareness, industry accountability and policy breakthroughs with respect to promoting sustainability of the sector.

Audience: Actors involved in the textile value chain, including policymakers, the private sector (including SMEs), civil society, technical organizations, and interested end consumers.

Key objectives:

-Move the textile value chain towards sustainability and circularity and create a consensus around practical next steps to implement prioritized actions from the roadmap

-Increase consumer awareness, behaviour change, industry accountability and policy breakthroughs to change the narrative of the sector towards regeneration, equity and care

The agenda and list of speakers will be made available on this page shortly.