UN Resolution Draft 2017-11-15T16:53:58+00:00


Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017
Copenhagen, 911 May 2017

Sustainable Fashion Consumption and Production
The Youth Fashion Summit Assembly,


We, the Youth Fashion Summit Assembly, recalling the 2016 UN Environmental Assembly Resolution and the demands of the 2016 Youth Fashion Summit, insist on making sustainability the primary norm of the fashion industry. This will be achieved by focusing on civic empowerment and education as long-term community investments, reducing pollution, implementing closed loop systems to preserve resources, and re-evaluating civil and government standards,

All members and stakeholders will move towards sustainable patterns while taking into account the wellbeing of all citizens. Members should facilitate and improve the availability of information, enabling stakeholders and citizens to make informed decisions.

We aspire to have strong institutions, peace, and justice, clean water and sanitation, responsible innovation and infrastructure for fashion production and consumption, and strive to combat the damage done to society and the environment by the fashion industry.

We welcome the United Nation member states to encourage informed consumption.

We encourage the United Nation member states and ALL civil society groups to ensure responsible consumption of fashion products, and to eradicate inequality in fashion, from textile production to ownership.

We also insist that Manufacturers ensure ethical practices in all realms of fashion.

This is our framework of the Sustainable Development Goals for all stakeholders – including ALL governments, ALL fashion industries and ALL consumers.


In commitment to our future,

1. Expects the fashion industry to begin immediately working with non-profit initiatives and government groups to reduce inequality, alleviate poverty and ensure food security, with progress made by 2030, including through:

a) helping to reduce inequality by reinvesting 0,7% of annual sales to support local manufacturing communities;

b) providing all workers with access to free health insurance, day care facilities, a meal a day and professional training;

c) suggesting governments and industry leaders to enforce sustainable agricultural practices to help ensure food security by increasing the share of organic poly-culture farming by 50%;

In commitment to our future,

2. Urges all stakeholders in the fashion industry to establish global and local partnerships to make the world a more equitable, just and peaceful place, by:

(a) requesting all stakeholders to collaborate on breaking existing barriers between people, companies and member states to enable a flow of sustainable progress;

(b) welcoming the UN to develop a full sustainability report by 2020 that provides a holistic evaluation of the fashion industry, measuring performance not only in relation to monetary value;

(c) encouraging the UN to facilitate the implementation of a third-party organ by 2025 to monitor the status of collaboration between stakeholders related to the fashion industry;

(d) insisting that fashion stakeholders fully commit to a standardised performance system, by 2025;

In commitment to our future,

3. Compels relevant stakeholders to strengthen the human bond, from maker to wearer, through education and changing the mind-sets of producers and consumers by:

(a) requiring fashion companies to provide on company websites, labels, social media, and in reports transparent information per garment of each step in the whole supply chain by 2030;

(b) demanding manufacturers to empower workers by prioritizing educational activities regarding labour rights, personal financial growth, leadership, and worker representation in 10% collective ownerships;

(c) encouraging the UN to facilitate an interactive platform in at least five languages, bringing people together to take action against inequality by participating in online courses and webinars, involving industry leaders, government, organizations and companies;


In commitment to our future,

4. Requests stakeholders to protect and restore our natural capital by:

(a) Implementing positive beneficial circular practices throughout the value chain by replacing conventional crops, reducing textile waste, and drastically minimizing the use of all virgin plastic in the fashion sector, all by 2030.;

(b) Encouraging fashion companies and manufacturers to commit to water stewardship and micro-plastic elimination programmes with transparent and ambitious targets, immediately.

(c) Insisting that brands and governments support producers in halving the use of hazardous chemicals by 2022, abolishing them by 2030.;

In commitment to our future,

5. Calls on the entire fashion industry and the involved member states to lead the global preservation of and access to freshwater for all by 2025 through intensified research and investment in innovative technologies by:

(a) reducing water pollution and the release of harmful chemicals by 50% in 2025 and by 100% in 2030;

(b) introducing closed-loop water recycling legislation on a government level;

(c) implementing shared value community water management in collaboration with governments, NGOs, industries and local communities, as well as stressing the urgency and awareness of these issues through education provided by member states and the fashion industry;

In commitment to our future,

6. Obliges stakeholders to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement, ensuring that, by 2030, 100% of the total energy used in the fashion supply chain will be renewable energy by:

(a) inviting all member states to ensure renewable energy practices by encouraging public and private partnerships throughout the fashion supply chain, reaching a binding commitment agreed upon by 2018;

(b) requesting that all organizations’ energy consumption statistics be published for public access;

(c) requiring the entire fashion supply chain to set in place the necessary infrastructure and encourage innovation to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency;

In commitment to our future,

7. Appeals to all stakeholders to invest in recycling technology and infrastructure with the aim to transition to circular mind-sets and systems in fashion production by:

(a) encouraging all member states to adopt already existing technologies to collect and process commercial and industrial textile waste By 2022;

(b) investing in a platform to share information, facilities and resources to provide guidelines and tools to enable a holistic circular system for all stakeholders in the fashion industry by educating them about circular strategies and solutions by 2020.

Closing Remarks,

The Sustainable Development Goals are the most ambitious plan in human history. The very nature of the fashion industry is change. Realizing this ambitious plan, let’s use this enormous creative potential to shift the fashion industry from being a superficial giant to a giant with a purpose that can benefit 8 billion people by 2030. You need to tell a new story that goes beyond merely being a business. And we need you to do it in a way that includes 8 billion people – from the farmers in Uzbekistan to the shopping malls in Copenhagen.

We need you not only to listen – we need you to reflect on these words and start telling this story.

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