03 December 2009 (Brussels/Geneva) – The WTO Ministerial Meeting held in Geneva this 30th November to 2nd December was billed as an opportunity to
assess the role of the institution in the context of the current global economic environment. Regrettably, there was an absence of any meaningful reassessment of the WTO-conventional trade model, despite its role in driving the food, climate change and economic crises which have been so devastating for producers and workers in developing countries.
European Union Member States recognise Fair Trade as a priority area for Policy Coherence for Development
The Council of the European Union issued conclusions on Policy Coherence for Development on 17 November 2009.
European Union Member States identify Fair Trade as a key example to make trade policy more coherent with development policy.
The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) and the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) have issued a new publication entitled ‘Aid for Trade: Is the EU helping small producers to trade their way out of poverty?’
Brussels, 10 September 2009