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

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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.   

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.

 

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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

 

 

 

The Fair Trade movement at the World Social Forum 2016


From Tuesday 9 August to Sunday 13 August 2016, the Fair Trade movement will be at the World Social Forum, in Montreal (Québec, Canada). Many activities about Fair Trade will be offered. In order to follow those events, the Fair Trade movement will share information and pictures of the event on their social media channels. You will be able to get a daily summary of the event on the FTAO storify account (Day 1, Day 2

Fair Trade Village and Workshops at World Social Forum will Address Trade Policy, Economic Justice, Climate Change and Small-Scale Farmers

Coalition of Fair Trade Advocates to Facilitate Open Discussions, Educational Opportunities and Exhibitions at International Meeting of Civil Society Groups

MONTREAL, CAN - Leading Fair Trade advocacy organizations from around the world are working together to highlight myriad issues related to trade policy and economic justice at the 2016 World Social Forum (WSF), to be held in Montreal, Canada, August 9-14. Represented through a public exhibition called The Fair Trade Village, and numerous workshops as part of the forums broader programing, issues facing the Fair Trade movement, small-scale producers, trade policy and the global economy in general will be a big focus of discussion at this year’s largest gathering of civil society organizations. Debate and controversy around trade policy, the impact and legacy of NAFTA and other historic trade deals as well as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently a major topic in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaigns, provide a backdrop to many of the pressing issues effecting the global Fair Trade movement.

The Fair Trade Village, located in the heart of Jarry Park, will showcase Fair Trade companies and organizations that are committed to building an economic model that prioritizes people and the planet before profit. Together, both the Fair Trade Village and the many Fair Trade movement-led workshops at the World Social Forum itself will demonstrate the power of small-scale farmers and producers to create true systems of economic change. Fair trade brands and small-scale producer organizations that produce Fair Trade coffee, tea, honey, and spices, as well as non-profit organizations from Canada and the U.S. will be represented, with the shared mission of raising awareness about the need to support Fair Trade , and how doing so benefits farmers, producers, consumers and the environment.

For background on the history and context of Fair Trade, watch The Fair Trade Story:
http://wfto.com/about-us/history-wfto/history-fair-trade

Both open to the public, the Fair Trade focused workshops (included in WSF registration) and the Fair Trade Village (free of charge) will offer educational opportunities, Fair Trade product samples, and information about the successes and ongoing market challenges to Fair Trade. The various workshops focused on Fair Trade at the World Social Forum will take place August 10th through 12th, a sampling of this schedule, follows:

August 10, 13h00 – 15h30 Fair Trade Hot Topics

August 12, 9h00 – 11h30 How Small-Scale Farmers can Cool the Planet by Partnering
with Fair Brands

August 12, 13h00 – 15h30 Beyond Certification—Examples of Fair Trade of and for the People

For the complete schedule of Fair Trade workshops and panel discussions taking place, please visit https://fsm2016.org/en/activites_liste.

The Fair Trade Village will take place all day on August 13th and 14th near the ECOSPHERE in Jarry Park, where the World Social Forum continues for these two days, and will include Fair Trade crafts for sale, product samples, and information from leading non-governmental organizations.

This manifestation is being facilitated by the first coalition of its kind focusing on Fair Trade to attend the World Social Forum, and is composed of World Fair Trade Organization (wfto.com), Fair World Project (fairworldproject.org), Fair Trade Federation (fairtradefederation.org), Canadian Fair Trade Network (cftn.ca), Association Quebecoise du Commerce Equitable (assoquebecequitable.org), Coop Coffee (http://coopcoffees.coop/), and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (fairtrade-advocacy.org).

The World Social Forum is an annual meeting of civil society organizations, who gather to engage in democratic debate and solution-oriented discussion about the world’s most pressing social issues. For more information about the World Social Forum, visit https://fsm2016.org/en/.

 

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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.                                                                                                                                                                            

 

Public policies in support of fair and solidarity trade. First research phase: the cases of Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil; France, Italy and Spain

In a shared effort to give visibility to fair and solidarity trade in Europe and Latin America, the ‘Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo’ (Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers) (CLAC) and the  Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), with the support of the Latin American office of the World Fair Trade Organization, the Ecuadorian Minister for Foreign Trade, ProEcuador, and a number of independent researchers, these two organizations have published this document called “Public policies in support of fair and solidarity trade. First research phase: the cases of Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil; France, Italy and Spain” available in English and Spanish.

This research is very valuable for the achievements in our advocacy work, because it gives us good foundations to advice and inspire public policies in support to fair and solidarity trade. In addition, it helps us to strengthen links between the research community and those that daily work to build fairer and more sustainable relations between production, trade and consumption.

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