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.

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:

A pdf version of this statement can be found here.


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.


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Fair Trade Advocacy Office
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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.       

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