East Dunbartonshire signs up for fair trade Declaration

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East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie joined civic leaders from across the globe in signing a declaration of Fair Trade Beyond 2015.

The campaign calls on world leaders to put in place a new global development framework that protects human rights and fights poverty by putting trade justice on the agenda.

It aims to pick up where the United Nations Millennium Development Goals leave off.

These eight goals resulted from a pledge, made in 2000 by 189 nations, to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations by 2015.

The Declaration will be sent, together with the list of signatories, to world leaders participating at a United Nations meeting of the General Assembly in New York in September.

Councillor Geekie said: “Already, East Dunbartonshire leads the way in fair trade, and I am delighted that we have the opportunity to extend our support of the movement in this way.”

The Declaration has been signed by mayors and town leaders from 214 towns globally including Milan, Seoul, Rio de Janiero, and by many civil society organisations.

Fair trade offers producers in developing countries a fair and guaranteed price for their produce and provides them with additional support to improve community facilities such as health care.

Councillor Geekie was joined by Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, along with Malawian rice producers Howard Msukwa and Susan Ntende and children from nurseries across East

Dunbartonshire, in celebrating the signing of the Declaration.