世界のフェアトレードタウン2000に到達(2017年10月2日)

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 世界のフェアトレードタウンの数が、先月とうとう2000に到達しました。1000に到達するまでは11年を要しましたが、それから6年で2000に達したことになります。フェアトレードタウンが存在するのは6つの途上国を含む29か国で、それ以外にも約20の国でフェアトレードタウン運動が展開されています。今月には、韓国とインドでフェアトレードタウンが誕生する見込みですし、台湾の台北市も間もなく仲間入りする見込みです。
 この「歴史的快挙」を受けて、フェアトレードタウン国際推進委員会は今日プレスリリースを出しました。添付の文書をご覧ください。
 2000への到達は、先月14―17日にドイツのザールブリュッケン市で開催された第11回フェアトレードタウン国際会議の場で、各国からの報告を積算して分かったのですが、出席していない国もあったため確認作業を続け、昨日確定した次第です。その作業中にさらに6都市がフェアトレードタウンになったことが確認され、国際推進委員会のホームページ上では、総計2006という数字が表示されています。

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October 2, 2017

Fair trade towns reaches milestone

2,000 Fair Trade Towns Span the Globe

[Your City & Country here], October 2, 2017

Fair Trade Towns, an international, grassroots campaign to build solidarity between consumers and producers, raise awareness of Fair Trade, and drive institutional commitment to Fair Trade products, has reached a major milestone as there are now over 2,000 Fair Trade Towns in 29 countries on 6 continents. Starting in 2000 in Garstang, U.K., the grassroots campaign swept across Europe in the early 2000’s and then grew to many other countries including Costa Rica, the U.S., Ghana, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil and many, many others. The most recent Fair Trade Towns were declared in Finland, Germany and Canada.

“The Fair Trade Towns movement is vital, and is making a huge difference. It is a grassroots social movement and together with the producer forms the beating heart of changing the world trading system.” – Harriet Lamb, Executive Director, Fairtrade Foundation 2006

Led by various organizations at the regional and national level, the Fair Trade Towns movement recently held its 11th annual international conference in Saarbrucken, Germany where a new tally was taken and the milestone recognized. The U.K. and Germany are the countries with the most Fair Trade Towns – 631 and 500 respectively. In the last few years the movement has seen growth in new countries and regions with efforts in Ecuador, Honduras, Lebanon, Cameroon, and Switzerland. The growth of the movement continues to escalate. It took 11 years to reach the first 1,000 Fair Trade Towns and just 6 more to reach the next 1,000. With towns that have met the goals necessary to earn the title, Fair Trade Town in 29 countries, and active efforts in 7 more, the Fair Trade Towns movement has also expanded to include Fair Trade University, Fair Trade School and Fair Trade Places of Worship efforts. These collectively make up one of the largest international grassroots campaigns in the world.

“It was a pleasure to participate in the Saarbrücken conference and meet so many different people from all over the world committed to a better world, a more just, and equitable world. People that work every day to defend Fair Trade and a decent life. The Fair Trade Towns campaign now has more than two thousand towns, thanks to the perseverance of consumers, activists, traders, producers, and volunteers, working for a common goal. We all walk together for dignity, leaving behind our differences”. – Rosa Guamán, small-scale fruits and herbs producer, President of the Small Producers Symbol (SPP) and member of the Local Fair Trade Town Committee in Riobamba, Ecuador. 

 

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