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Conference to explore the role of cities in promoting Fair Trade movement

31 October 2012

The 6th International Fair Trade Towns Campaign Conference will take place in Poznan (Poland) from 10 - 11 November 2012, under the patronage of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Poland. More than 150 local authority representatives from cities such as Hanover (Germany), Litomierice (Czech-Republic), Kuamoto (Japan), and Pacos des Calades (Brazil), have already registered to attend, along with other Fair Trade actors.

As Fair Trade Towns develop in Asia and the Global South, this conference will explore how we can maximise the potential of Fair Trade Towns to promote Fair Trade and Trade Justice internationally. This year’s conference is of special importance for a young Fair Trade movement in Poland. At a formal ceremony on 10 November, in the presence of the mayor of Poznan, the city will be proclaimed the first Polish local authority having reached the “Fair Trade Town” status. In the meantime, the city of Gdansk is closely following and already working to gain “Fair Trade Town” status of its own.

This conference will also see the launch of the “Fair Trade beyond 2015” campaign, aimed at garnering support to multi-stakeholder partnerships for Fair Trade and Trade Justice in the post-2015 global development framework. Those interested in registering for the conference can do so online. For question on the conference, contact Tadeusz Makulski (tadeusz.makulski@sprawiedliwyhandel.pl) of the Polish Fair Trade Association.

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