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One month to go until the 2015 International Fair Trade Towns Conference

It’s one month to go until Bristol hosts the International Fair Trade Towns Conference! On the 4th and 5th of July, 300 delegates from 18 countries across the world will attend the 9th International Fair Trade Towns conference in Bristol to explore ‘Fair Trade for Sustainability’.

harbourAs part of the extended weekend programme, conference delegates and local Green Capital Partnership organisations are invited to attend a Green Capital Day – an exploration of the green city sites on foot, by boat and in conversation with Bristol’s City leaders. Enjoy a trip with Bristol Loves Tides, go behind the scenes at Triodos bank, and find out more about Bristol’s green roots and how Bristol became a European Green Capital. Green Capital Partnership organisations are also invited to book for the pre-conference local and Fairtrade meal on Friday evening at Create Centre to meet delegates and enjoy an evening of food, wine and music. Find full details of the extended weekend programme and book ticket here.

Over the weekend conference programme there will be a collection of inspiring talks and workshops that will provide new insights into how Fair Trade works to protect the environment; discussing a wide range of topics from sustainable food and Fairtrade gold to the impact of climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. These talks feature well-known speakers, including Harriet Lamb (CEO Fairtrade International), Eliza Anyangwe (The Guardian), Helen Browning (Soil Association) and Greg Valerio, a leading pioneer in Fair Trade Jewellery, as well as a Josephine Aguttu, a Fairtrade gold miner from Uganda.

The programme highlights many of the issues central to the 2015 European Year for Development, ‘Our World, our Dignity, Our Future’, which is designed to inspire more European citizens to get involved with international development.

Kathleen Christie, an international development specialist supporting the Conference, says: “2015 is a chance for people across Europe to understand that development starts within our own countries and within our own lives with fair trade.”

Bristol and South West Fairtrade Coordinator, Jenny Foster, said: “We are proud that Bristol is seen as a centre of excellence in both Fairtrade and Sustainability. Fair trade is vital to international development by directly addressing exploitative labour and global inequality. We look forward to exploring its’ benefits with our jam-packed weekend of talks, workshops and discussions.”

The wider population in Bristol can also engage with Fairtrade over the weekend at the Bristol 2015 Lab Space and at the Make Sunday Special and Fair Festival on Sunday 5th July in the old city.

Find out more about the European Year for Development.

View the full conference programme.

Book your place for the Green Capital Day.

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