We have decided to call 2017 “The Year of Hope”

Year of hope

2016 was not a good year for Brussels, Europe or the World. Yet at the same time, as a reaction, plenty of citizens got together to reflect on what happened, started up new projects, joined political parties, associations, … so there´s a brighter side to the 2016 coin too …
 
So, against this background, at the Fair Trade Advocacy Office we have decided we are going to call 2017 The Year of Hope. A year when more people realise we have more in common than that which divides us, a year when we gain more trust in each other, a year when policy-makers adopt forward-looking policies to ensure lasting peace and to shape markets in a way that people and planet are first.
 
Receive our best wishes for a prosperous and fair 2017
 
Fair Trade Advocacy Office team

Fair Trade movement renews commitment to work with EU in long path ahead to implement UN 2030 Agenda

23 November 2016 (Brussels) – Yesterday, the European Commission launched a policy package that maps EU current actions and commitments to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda and lays down the future direction for the EU development cooperation and relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Fair Trade movement welcomes the recognition by the EU of the “strong contribution” of Fair Trade to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and looks forward to work with the EC to upgrade the EU answer to the global goals.

Yesterday, the European Commission announced its new strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in the EU and globally. A Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future, accompanied by a Staff Working Paper, maps EU current actions and commitments to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda. A second Communication on the new European Consensus on Development aims to align the EU development cooperation with the new global sustainable development agenda. Finally, the Communication on a renewed partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries proposes a new phase in EU-ACP relations after the Cotonou Partnership Agreement expires in 2020.

The Fair Trade movement welcomes the recognition in the new Consensus on development of the “strong contribution” of Fair Trade to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, as well as the inclusion of the promotion of Fair Trade in the list of key EU actions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The Fair Trade movement also welcomes the commitment to intensify the support to sustainable consumption and production patterns, together with the promotion of responsible business practices and responsible management of supply chains.

However, the Fair Trade movement regrets that the EC did not use the opportunity offered by the Agenda 2030 to begin a critically important shift away from the current unsustainable economic development model, which puts short-term private profits before people and planet. Enabling citizens critical thinking on today´s challenges is a prerequisite of this paradigm shift. Therefore, the Fair Trade movement calls on the European Parliament and the Council to ensure that non-formal development education and awareness-raising are an integral part of EU plans to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

The Fair Trade movement will continue being a critical friend and active partner of the European Union to implement and upgrade the EU answer to the UN 2030 Agenda” stated Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. 

                       SDG Fair Trade cube                        

A pdf version of this press release can be found here 

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization-Global and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe.

FTAO’s toolkit “Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Fair Trade

 

Contact:

Alice Sinigaglia | sinigaglia@fairtrade-advocacy.org | Tel: +32 (0)2 54 31 92 3

Fair Trade Advocacy Office

Village Partenaire - bureau 1 | 15 rue Fernand Bernierstraat | 1060 Brussels – Belgium

www.fairtrade-advocacy.org

European Commission unveils new European Fair Trade Capital Award

12 October 2016 (Brussels) – On the occasion of the annual European Parliament Fair Trade Breakfast, the EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has publically announced today the plan to launch a new Pan-European Fair and Ethical Trade City Award. The Fair Trade movement welcomes this new initiative and commits to support the Commission in making this Award a success.

The EC “Trade for All” strategy (October 2015) includes, for the first time, a section on the promotion of Fair and Ethical Trade schemes. The EC referred in this document to the idea of a possible European-wide Fair and Ethical Trade City award, but only as a possibility.

12 months after the “Trade for All” strategy, the EU Trade Commissioner has confirmed and officially made public the new Award today. The Award´s main goals are to promote awareness amongst European citizens of Fair and Ethical Trade and to facilitate cross-country learning on the role of Local Authorities in promoting Fair and Ethical Trade.

The announcement has taken place in the framework of the annual European Parliament Fair Trade breakfast, hosted by Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament´s (EP) Development Committee and EP Fair Trade Working Group, together with Bernd Lange, Chair of the EP International Trade Committee. This event was attended by numerous MEPs across countries, Fair Trade movement representatives and Local Authorities committed to localising the SDGs through Fair Trade. This event has taken place in the framework of the funded “Smart Food Cities for Development” and also supported by the Trade for Development Centre in the context of Belgian Fair Trade week, an initiative of the Belgian Development Cooperation.

The Fair Trade Towns movement started in Garstang (UK) when its residents self-declared Garstang as the world first Fair Trade Town in April 2000. This movement has grown since then to become a vibrant wide network of 1,800 towns committed to promoting Fair Trade at local level, via a combination of awareness-raising activities, public procurement, engagement with local private sector and engagement with civil society.

We welcome the new exciting initiative by the European Commission and commit to support the Commission in making it a success” stated Sergi Corbalan, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. 

           EP FT breakfast 2016 small 

 

The picture in high resolution can be found here.

A pdf version of the Commisioner Cecilia Malmström's speech can be found here.

A pdf version of this press release can be found here.

 

ENDS

 

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization-Global and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe.

 

Contact:

 

Peter Möhringer | moehringer@fairtrade-advocacy.org | Tel: +32 (0)2 54 31 92 3

 

Fair Trade Advocacy Office

 

Village Partenaire - bureau 1 | 15 rue Fernand Bernierstraat | 1060 Brussels – Belgium

 

www.fairtrade-advocacy.org

 

 

 

Invitación a unirse a la campaña “Universidades Latinoamericanas por el Comercio Justo”

clac-uni

En agosto de 2014, la Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo (CLAC) lanzó la campañaUniversidades Latinoamericanas por el Comercio Justo, una campaña de sensibilización e incidencia en torno a la importancia de establecer vínculos de comercio justo y consumo responsable en nuestras sociedades latinoamericanas y caribeñas, creando una red de universidades latinoamericanas y caribeñas que apoyan el comercio justo a través de varias actividades académicas, de extensión social y de vinculación directa con las organizaciones de pequeños productores. 

Desde la Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), iniciativa conjunta de la World Fair Trade Organization y Fairtrade International, que apoya el movimiento internacional por el comercio justo con el fin de mejorar las vidas de los productores y trabajadores marginalizados del Sur del mundo, queremos expresar nuestro apoyo a esta campaña; sabemos que los procesos de incidencia y sensibilización son largos y difíciles, pero hay que empezarlos y fortalecerlos; por esta razón consideramos que CLAC, las organizaciones de productores de comercio justo y sus coordinadoras nacionales en América Latina y el Caribe, están desarrollando un trabajo muy valioso para crear conciencia entre los ciudadanos de la región y fomentar los principios y valores del comercio justo. 

A través de esta campaña la CLAC está respondiendo concretamente a varios de los principios básicos del comercio justo: el desarrollo de capacidades, el empoderamiento de los productores y sus organizaciones como verdaderos líderes y actores de desarrollo local, y la importancia de seguir difundiendo las prácticas del comercio justo e incidir en los procesos económicos, sociales y políticos de los gobiernos locales, nacionales o de las organizaciones internacionales. En este sentido, el vínculo con el mundo académico no puede que fortalecer las bases del movimiento y sus objetivos. 

Por tanto, invitamos a que cada vez más actores universitarios, de la sociedad civil y del movimiento apoyen la campaña “Universidades Latinoamericanas por el Comercio Justo” y se sumen a ella, para seguir tejiendo relaciones directa y de mutuo beneficio entre las universidades y las organizaciones de productores de comercio justo.   

New toolkit on how local authorities can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Fair Trade

11 October 2016 (Brussels) – New publication Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Fair Trade released today highlights the key role that Local Authorities have in contributing to the new global Agenda 2030 through Fair Trade.

Today the Fair Trade Advocacy Office launched the toolkit Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Fair Trade in the framework of the final conference in Brussels of the ‘Smart Food Cities for Development’ project, co-financed by the European Commission. While all SDGs are, to some extent, related to Fair Trade, Fair Trade is particularly relevant to the goal on sustainable consumption and production and how this goal can serve to achieve eight other SDGs, from poverty eradication to gender equality.

The toolkit provides guidance and best practices across different policy areas at local level, such as public procurement, local economic development, international cooperation, awareness raising, and multi-stakeholder engagement. It provides examples across countries and continents and is meant to serve as a companion for local officials working on the implementation of the SDGs at local level.

                       SDG Fair Trade cube

 

Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) stated in the foreword “This publication is timely and welcomed. It serves as a practical tool for cities and towns to learn from the experience of other local authorities in contributing to the 2030 Agenda via Fair Trade.”

Through the International Fair Trade Towns Campaign, the Fair Trade movement has gathered vast experience of working with local authorities in the spirit of think global – act local.

Bruce Crowther MBE, founder of the International Fair Trade Towns Campaign said: “Next month we will celebrate 15 years since my home town, Garstang (UK), was awarded the first Fair Trade Town certificate following the self-declaration by its residents in April 2000. From a small meeting around my kitchen table, this movement has now grown to become an International network of 1800 towns and communities around the world committed to Fair Trade. I welcome the publication of the new toolkit and hope it will inspire and support all those committed to making all trade sustainable, and fair, by 2030.”

The download link for the guide is:

http://www.fairtrade-advocacy.org/images/Localising_the_SDGs_through_FairTrade.pdf

A pdf version of this statement can be found here.

ENDS

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization-Global and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe.

Contact:

Alice Sinigaglia | sinigaglia@fairtrade-advocacy.org | Tel: +32 2 54 31 92 4

Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Village Partenaire - bureau 1 | 15 rue Fernand Bernierstraat | 1060 Brussels – Belgium
www.fairtrade-advocacy.org

food smart eu  This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union in the frame of the Food Smart Cities for Development Project. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Fair Trade Advocacy Office and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.                                                                                                                                                                            

 

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