International Year of Natural Fibres 2009

ABOUT THE YEAR The idea of a United Nations International Year dedicated to natural fibres arose in December 2004 from a meeting of FAO’s Intergovernmental Groups on Hard Fibres and on Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres. In November 2005, the proposal was endorsed by a resolution of FAO’s biennial Conference, which sought to focus world attention on the role that natural fibres play in contributing to food security and poverty alleviation. The resolution was transmitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, with the aim of having the UN General Assembly declare 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres.

In December 2006, the 61st Session of the General Assembly declared the International Year and invited FAO to facilitate its observance, in collaboration with governments, regional and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and relevant organizations of the United Nations system.

via International Year of Natural Fibres 2009.

Natural fibres

Ancient fabrics, high-tech geotextiles

Profiles of 15 of the world’s major plant and animal fibres

many of them fundamental to human society since the dawn of civilization

Tree fibres are not covered by the International Year, but will be one focus of the International Year of Forests in 2011.

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