Students to deliver first-ever UN fashion resolution at Youth Fashion Summit

The next generation of fashion leaders from around the globe will gather for this year's Copenhagen Fashion Summit, where young talents will draft and negotiate the first-ever United Nations resolution on fashion. They will engage in discussions about the challenged industry and how to address the major problems of fashion manufacturing and consumption.



The fourth edition of the Youth Fashion Summit will take place on May 9-10, 2017, while the Copenhagen Fashion Summit will be held on May 11 in the Danish capital.

At last year's Youth Fashion Summit, the students explored how the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent opportunities for companies to align their sustainability goals with broader societal aims: from gender equality and poverty reduction to responsible consumption and climate action. This year, the same students have been invited back to transform their ideas and demands for corporate action on the SDGs into a proposed UN draft resolution - the first-ever concerning fashion.

The resolution will be negotiated with industry leaders such as H&M and Swarovski, and NGOs such as Greenpeace on May 10 before being presented on stage at Copenhagen Fashion Summit on 11 May. Later this year, the resolution will be presented to the UN in New York.

The Youth Fashion Summit is a collaboration between Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) in partnership with Swarovski. As one of the principal sponsors of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, Swarovski will open the Youth Fashion Summit with Dax Lovegrove, global vice president of Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility, providing a key note speech; and fashion and sustainability experts from Swarovski will assist the students in drafting their resolutions to be presented to the UN.

"This year we are truly proud to support the Youth Fashion Summit, to empower the voice of future generations, who will continue to lead this fight for a sustainable fashion industry in the years to come," said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board.

Also fighting for a sustainable fashion industry are renowned fashion industry names like Susie Lau, who is the Youth Fashion Summit ambassador, and Simon Collins, the former dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, who will give inspirational talks at the Youth Fashion Summit.

Educators and fashion education leaders will also meet prior to Copenhagen Fashion Summit for their respective events, Educators Summit and Academic Leaders Roundtable.

While the Educators Summit is a platform for teachers to exchange ideas and experiences on how to effectively teach sustainability and to build a strong international network around it, the Academic Leaders Roundtable convenes the most influential decision-makers from across fashion education, industry and non-governmental organisations for an intimate discussion informing the development of sustainability in global fashion. Both events, which will take place on 10 May 2017, are being held in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

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