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23 / 04 / 2019
United Nations Debuts Alliance for Sustainable Fashion To Enhance Eco-Fashion Initiatives
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23 / 04 / 2019
United Nations Debuts Alliance for Sustainable Fashion To Enhance Eco-Fashion Initiatives

The United Nations (UN) has long spearheaded sustainability initiatives in the fashion industry, and this year seeks a more holistic and coordinated approach to change through their recently launched UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. Launched on March 14 at the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, this new alliance is a collaboration between actors across the UN, and aims to partner with public and private sector actors in the coming months to address environmental harm across the entire fashion industry.

The alliance now has 8-member organizations including the International Labor Organization, the UNDP and the UN Economic Commission, however hopes to encourage more retailers, brands, and manufacturers across the supply chain, to partner in the coming months, and engage in the collaborative project.

Both private-sector and public-sector actors will be encouraged to come together within the scheme to identify whitespace between other UN agencies and shortfalls of global sustainability-focused fashion initiatives, where further efforts can be made to resolve fashion’s environmental concerns. The findings of these investigations will shape future green initiatives, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current schemes and lobby governments across the world to implement protective policies aimed at fostering industry change.

The new collaborative alliance has already engaged with important fashion initiatives across the world. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Lakme Fashion Week in India, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation and among others, have all become important stakeholders for the alliance, and will assist in promoting the project’s message globally.

Consumers are also encouraged to engage with the initiative. The alliance is set to host a series of pop-up installations internationally, aimed to increase awareness around preferred sustainable alternatives, and showcase the latest environmentally mindful innovations.

UN Environment Assembly President Siim Kiisler said, “The fashion industry cuts across many sectors, and so to capture the full opportunity, the UN and its partners need an integrated approach to go beyond individual Sustainable Development Goals.”

This new alliance is not the first fashion based initiative that the United Nations has launched. Numerous, more targeted organizations, across the landscape have also played their part in promoting change. From the Food and Agricultural Organization, aimed at protecting arable land, to the Ethical Fashion Initiative, focused on promoting sustainable manufacturing methods, the UN has already been working across fashion to implement their Sustainable Development Goals.

This latest alliance however, represents a collaborative project that cuts across more targeted initiatives, to oversee a positive change in fashion, throughout supply chain and across the globe.

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