World Fair Trade Day - 10 May 2014
GLOBAL FAIR TRADE WEEK STATEMENT
Ten large international networks of Fair Trade and Solidarity Economy organizations produced a statement on the recently held Global Fair Trade Week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kindly read the statement:(Please find the Conference Report, Photos, Videos and presentations here.)
The representatives from organizations coming from 48 different countries from five continents coming together during the Fair Trade Week, declare the following:
1. The context of economic crisis, mainly in several countries in Europe and North America, and the intensification of unfair and asymmetrical trade relations between countries from the north and the south that are exacerbated by bilateral and regional free trade agreements, affects the viability of the economic and social undertakings of producers and consumers linked to local, regional and global markets.
2. We recognize that the Fair Trade and solidarity economy movement has grown and diversified at a global scale. All these initiatives and organizations are committed to work together, respecting the identities of the organizations, and the realities of each territory, to influence and generate synergies that contribute to develop fair, solidarity-based, and sustainable relationships.
3. In an effort to gain access to markets, Fair Trade organizations initiatives have been developing diverse initiatives. Read more...
WFTO is one of the partners of an exciting project supported by the European Union that will promote ethical investments among financial institutions in Europe. Promoting Responsible Investment and Commerce in Europe (PRICE): Fair Trade and Ethical Finance Responds to Global Crisis is a project that aims to raise public awareness and promote education to mobilise greater financial support on actions against poverty and for fairer relations between developed and developing countries in the field of responsible investment and commerce. Read more…
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