World Fair Trade Day is coming up on the 14th May. Whilst Fairtrade Fortnight offers the opportunity to celebrate all the certified FAIRTRADE commodities and the impact they have on farmers across the global, World Fair Trade Day offers an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the wider Fair Trade movement, including craftspeople as well as farmers – creating and trading goods through ethical systems right across the globe.
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, along with the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition have sent their best wishes to the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) secretariat and team to share in this years celebrations. The message reads:
The city of Oxford and the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition sends its best wishes to the World Fair Trade Organisation on World Fair Trade Day 2011. We believe that Fair Trade contributes to a just and sustainable economy locally and globally. We support all those WFTO activities which help reduce poor people’s vulnerability and increase their security and wellbeing.
The theme of connecting local and global economic sustainability and wellbeing is one we will be exploring when Oxford hosts visitors from a number of European Cities later this year, coming together as part of a project to find how local government and local communities can contribute to the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals.