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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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.