Millennium Develpment Goals Webinar & World Fair Trade Day

Courtney Lang March 20, 2013
18 countries are participating!

18 countries are participating!

Join 18 countries in collecting signatures from elected officials for World Fair Trade Day!

The Millennium Development Goals come to an end in 2015.  Leaders of the world will come together at the next United Nations gathering in New York on September 23, 2013 to work on a new global development framework after 2015.  The Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Campaign is engaging town leaders and civil society organizations across the globe to call on world leaders to put in place a framework that supports fair trade as a best practice partnership for development.  We’re asking leaders of Fair Trade Town Campaigns to gather as many signatures from town leaders and civil society organizations for the Beyond 2015 Declaration.

This World Fair Trade Day we are emphasizing town organizers join the International Fair Trade Towns Movement by participating in the Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Campaign.  We kicked this off last week with our Fair Trade Towns & the UN Millennium Development Goals Webinar where we had guest speakers from the Fair Trade Advocacy Office talk about the objective and strategy for getting Fair Trade incorporated into the next development framework through this campaign.

What can you do leading up to and on World Fair Trade Day?FTAO-logo

  • Incorporate gathering signatures from elected officials and civil society organizations into existing World Fair Trade Day or Spring events.
  • Use strong relationships within your community to organize meetings with these officials
Please note:  You do not need to have physical signatures!  You can email this to elected officials and have them scan it or electronically commit (email verification).  In the resources section we have an excel sheet that shows you what information we need. 

Click here for the webinar recording,  campaign overview and all the resources you need to make it happen.

Resources from FTRN:

Fair Trade Resource Network is delighted to announce plans and resources for World Fair Trade Day in N. America, with events taking place May 4-19, 2013. Download the free World Fair Trade Day Activities Guide for tips, ideas, and resources! You can also order free WFTD promotional stickers and postcards, free Fair Trade products (sugar, spices, nut butters), 25 free kids books, a T-shirt, and lots of educational resources.  More at





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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.