200 Mayors Sign on in Push for Fair Trade

More than 200 mayors around the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Madrid, Paris to Seoul, have signed on to the ‘Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Declaration’. This Declaration, unveiled ahead of the UN’s recent Millennium Development Goals (MDG) event, calls on world leaders to support Fair Trade in the development framework that will replace the MDGs.

EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs shows his support for Fair Trade.

26 September 2013

The MDG’s are eight international development goals that were established by the UN in 2000 and set to expire in 2015. On 25 September, the United Nations’ hosted a Special Event to Follow up Efforts Made Towards Achieving the MDGs in New York. The Fair Trade movement unveiled Declaration as part of its campaign to make sure the issues of Fair Trade and Trade Justice are considered in the new framework.

This Declaration calls for a new global framework that creates a just, equitable and sustainable world and supports Fair Trade as a best-practice partnership for development between governments, local authorities, businesses and citizens

Upon officially receiving the names of the signatories, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs stated, “By bringing together the private sector, civil society and local authorities to empower small producers and agricultural workers, fair trade is an excellent example of the global partnership we are standing for.

“The EU will continue engaging with its partners to support the uptake of fair trade and sustainable consumption and production practices”.

In addition to the 200 Mayors around the world, over 120 elected local authorities and 270 Civil Society Organizations have signed the “Fair Trade Beyond 2015” Declaration. In the last weeks, the results have also been handed over to various governments.

“We would like to thank all the signatory mayors, local leaders and civil society organizations around the world for making such a visible stand for Fair Trade,” stated Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, coordinator of the Declaration.

“Fair Trade is a best practice on how poverty reduction can meet sustainable development. It would be therefore logical that the future sustainable development framework beyond 2015 promoted the uptake of Fair Trade.”

For more information on the effort visit the Fair Trade Advocacy Office website

For more information UN’s new efforts, visit www.un.org/millenniumgoals or Beyond 2015.

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