Cities link up to launch Fairtrade Fortnight

Edinburgh will celebrate ten years of Fairtrade status today by linking live to fellow Fairtrade City, Cardiff.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson and Councillor Derrick Morgan, Lord Mayor of Cardiff will share a cup of fair trade tea via video link-up on Friday 21 February, before wishing one another a happy anniversary in Welsh and Gaelic.

Both capitals are marking a decade since they were recognised as Fairtrade Cities, acknowledging the support of organisations, faith groups, businesses, schools and individuals for Fairtrade and using products with the FAIRTRADE Mark. They will also toast achievement of Fair Trade Nation for Scotland and Wales.

The event will launch this year’s national Fairtrade Fortnight, which will see a series of fair trade-themed events across Edinburgh, including coffee mornings, a fashion show, tastings and presentations by fair trade producers.

The fortnight’s festivities will be kicked off by the Lord Provost’s Fairtrade Awards and 10th Anniversary of Edinburgh Fairtrade City on Monday, where businesses, organisations, individuals and schools are recognised for their commitment to fair trade.

A special Edinburgh Fairtrade City Family Fair and Bruncheon will be held on Saturday 1 March at Out of the Blue Drill Hall to celebrate Edinburgh’s anniversary, where fair trade producers from Kathmandu, Nepal will be speaking.  

Lord Provost, Councillor Donald Wilson, said: “Fair trade is so important as it shines a beacon of hope in our world. Encouraging everyone to purchase an everyday fair trade item such as tea, coffee, bananas or a craft product has helped to improve the lives of thousands of people in the developing world and we must continue to support it.

“We are delighted to be celebrating ten years as a Fairtrade city, which is testament to the dedication of countless volunteers, groups, businesses and individuals across the city. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next ten years of Fairtrade status can bring.”

Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Derrick Morgan, added: "Without so many people getting involved from shops and businesses we would not have made such progress and brought positive change to people experiencing desperate levels of poverty in countries across the world.”

Running from Saturday 22 February to Saturday 8 March, Fairtrade Fortnight brings together consumers, retailers, licensees, businesses, producers and campaigners nationwide to promote awareness and sales of fair trade products and to campaign on issues of trade justice.

Year-round the Edinburgh Fairtrade Steering Group meets monthly to progress fair trade issues in the City.  Members of the steering group include a wide variety of partners from a number of different sectors who work together to promote fair trade in Edinburgh.

For more information on Edinburgh's Fairtrade Fortnight events, visit the Council website.

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