23rd Feb – The Great Trade Debate: Is trade justice a lost cause?

January 28, 2009

The Fairtrade Foundation are organising a series of great debates on trade across the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight – and one of them is coming to Oxford.

Here’s what they say about the events:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 provides a fantastic opportunity to explore some of the issues connected to Fairtrade in more detail. The Fairtrade Foundation, along with its member organisations including the World Development Movement, Traidcraft, Oxfam and Christian Aid, is organising a series of debates across the UK during the Fortnight. At these events, Fairtrade experts, politicians, commentators, business people and NGO representatives will debate issues around ethical consumerism, fair trade versus free trade, climate change, trade justice and the future of Fairtrade.

All events are open to the public and free of charge.

The Oxford event is taking place on the 23rd February from 7 till 9pm at Oxford Town Hall to discuss the motion ‘Is trade justice a lost cause?’. Speakers will include:

  • Harriet Lamb, Executive Director, Fairtrade Foundation;
  • John Hilary, Director, War on Want
  • Fiona Shera, Head of Trade and Development, DFID-BERR
  • Edwin Laurent, Former Special Envoy to the EU for the Windward Islands

And there will be time for questions from anyone attending.

If you’re planning to come along, the Fairtrade Foundation have more information and a registration page here.

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Oxford to celebrate Fairtrade City recertification

January 28, 2009

The Fairtrade Foundation have been in touch and Oxford will be officially renewed as a Fairtrade City on the 23rd February 2009 – right at the start of Fairtrade Fortnight!

We put in our application just before Christmas, and earlier this week heard that the Fairtrade Foundation were delighted with our progress since first gaining Fairtrade City Status in 2004.

You can read what the Fairtrade Foundation had to say about our renewal here – and you can read the full application which we submitted here.

We will be celebrating with a special reception at Oxford Town Hall on the 23rd February, where Harriet Lamb from the Fairtrade Foundation will present us with our re-certification. If you’ve been involved in making Oxford a Fairtrade City, as a campaigner, a community group or a local business we would love you invite you along. Drop an e-mail to fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk and we’ll get an invite winging it’s way to you

You can find out more about the Fairtrade Towns initiative here.