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Winner of First ‘EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award’ Announced

The Fair Trade Movement warmly congratulates Ghent on being awarded today the first ‘EU City for Fair and Ethical Trade Award’ by the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström. Congratulations are extended also to Dortmund, Saarbrücken, Lyon and Madrid who received special mentions for education and co mmunity participation, inspiring procurement practice, innovation and global partnerships respectively.

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No Climate Justice without Trade Justice

Small-scale farmers must be supported in the fight against climate change.

The International Fair Trade Movement today called on the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to introduce transparent, fair and binding mechanisms for trade justice in order to achieve climate justice in their negotiations at COP24.

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FTAO celebrates 15th Birthday

Friends of the FTAO gathered at OzFair on 10th January to welcome in the new year and mark the FTAO’s 15th birthday.

The new year drink is an annual opportunity for Fair Trade supporters to gather and celebrate achievements, and this year was extra special, as the FTAO marked 15 years of advocating for fairer terms of trade since it was set up in 2006.

The FTAO would like to thank everyone who joined the celebration.

Calls for applications for sub-grants

In the framework of the EU DEAR Project “Trade Fair, Live Fair: Raising Awareness and Mobilizing the European Public to Advance Consumption patterns that Nurture the Sustainable Development Goals” (TFLF), sub-grant facilities have been put in place to enable organisations and local authorities that are not formally part of the project, to participate.

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Fair Trade movement and UNCTAD join forces at IFTTC Madrid!

The Brussels-based Fair Trade Advocacy Office and UNCTAD are joining forces to improve the living and working conditions of artisans, workers and smallholder farmers and producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The two organizations, which have both been calling for a more equitable trading system for decades, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 19 October in Madrid.

European Consensus on Development: recognition of fair and ethical trade as an important asset

On 17 May 2017 the European Union adopted the new Consensus on Development. The document is a new common vision for development policy for the EU and its Member States. It provides the framework for a common approach to development policy that will be applied by the EU Institutions and the Member States and will guide their action in their cooperation with all partner countries, responding to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

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We have decided to call 2017 “The 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 … read more

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. read more

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

En agosto de 2014, la Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo (CLAC) lanzó la campaña “Universidades 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.  read more

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).

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