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USA: International Fibre Year 2009 kicks off looking for support

Published: 2009-01-08
ROME – [07.01.09] The official launch of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 (IYNF) will take place later this month at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome as the organisers also appeal for further funding in a bid to ensure the success of the IYNF, writes Lucy Doherty.

Global events for the textile industry will include a Natural Fibres exhibition and symposium in China, the Combined New Zealand and Australia conference of The Textile Institute, International Natural Fibres Congress, Germany and the International Conference on Fairtrade and organic cotton in Interlaken, Switzerland.

However the success of the IYNF is dependent on the input received from the industry and governments and currently says it is in ‘desperate need of funding’ to help run its events and support future activities which promote the use and awareness of natural fibres such as cotton, linen and silk. Governments have previously donated large amounts of money to UN organised ‘International Year’ events and IYNF organisers are hopeful that this year the industry will also provide the necessary marketing support to ensure a successful year.

“If you have access to government agencies or industry sources that might be inclined to fund the International Year of Natural Fibres please use your influence to help ensure the success of this Year,” read statement from the FAO.

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