December 15 was proclaimed as the International Tea Day by trade unions, labour organisations and other civil society group during an international meeting held in Brazil in 2004 where representatives from almost all tea producing countries of the world were present. The international tea conference held in Delhi on December 13-14, 2005 as part of the observance of first ITD was attended by delegates from Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Malawi, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam, and came up with a universal declaration on the rights of the tea workers and small growers in order to strengthen advocacy and campaign activities at various levels. The United Trades Union Congress has been taking the initiative to convene the International Tea day in collaboration with other trade unions. International Labour Organisation has been collaborating in this initiative since the first ITD.

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