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.

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Over 50 civil society groups demand a paradigm shift in EU trade and investment policies

On 26 November 2013, a European alliance of over 50 civil society organisations launched the Alternative Trade Mandate, a proposal to make EU trade and investment policy work for people and the planet, not just the profit interests of a few. The launch took place as EU trade ministers and the European Commission are leaving for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in Bali next week.

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Making supply chains work for small producers

Together with Cooperatives Europe the Fair Trade Advocacy Office released a joint contribution to the future EU strategy on “Strengthening the Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Development”. This topic is a key issue within the implementation of the EU development policy ‘Agenda for Change’ and the discussions on the future global sustainable development framework once the United Nations Millennium Development Goals come to an end.

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The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commends Fair Trade Beyond 2015

Following the transmission of the signatories of the Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Declaration the FTAO received in October post from New York. In the letter UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states that he had taken note of our call for a new global framework that enables fair trade as a part of the renewed global partnership and commends the work of our vast network.

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The ‘Davos of Central and Eastern Europe’ discuss Fair Trade beyond 2015

The 23rd edition of the Economic Forum was held in the first week of September in Krynica (Poland), also known as the ‘Davos of Central and Eastern Europe’.

For the very first time, Fair Trade appeared on the Forum’s official programme. A panel session “Fair Trade in the future UN Sustainable Development Goals Beyond 2015: what’s the role for companies and governments?” was held on 4 September 2013, organised by the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe, in cooperation with the Polish Fair Trade Association and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

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Quinoa, Tool for Food Sovereignty

Mr Helmut Scholz, MEP GUE/NGL, chairman of the monitoring Group Bolivia-Ecuador of the International Trade (INTA) Committee of the European Parliament, and his Excellency Ambassador René Fernández of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, are pleased to invite you to a conference on the United Nations International Year of Quinoa.

More information can be found here.

“Better trade”, but only for the powerful?

FTAO reaction to the UK  governments views on “better trade” with developing countries.

The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening delivered a speech on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS).

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UN Special Rapporteur: Q&A on Fair Trade

This Question & Answer paper was released on the occasion of World Fair Trade Day 2013 (11.05.2013) to take stock of the contribution of the fair trade movement to more just and sustainable food systems. The movement took root in the US and Northern Europe in the post-war period, and started to make inroads into retail markets from 1988, when the first Fairtrade certification initiative, Max Havelaar, was created in the Netherlands. This paper is based on an interview with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, conducted by Marianne Wilschut for Stichting Max Havelaar (Fairtrade Netherlands).

Read the whole article here.

Food Smart Cities for Development

Food Smart Cities for Development – EYD 2015 is a two-year EU funded project, started in December 2014, led by the Municipality of Milano and including various partners: Municipality Municipality of Bilbao, Municipality of Barcelona, Municipality of Brugge, Municipality of Gent, Municipality of Marseille, Municipality of Turin, Municipality of Utrecht, Department of Antioquia, Comitato Expo dei Popoli,Associazione Assemblea Generale Italiana Commercio Equo e Solidale (AGICES),World Fair Trade OrganizationWorld Fair Trade Organization – EuropeStichting Fair Trade Advocacy Office, and Fair Trade Hellas.

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