What Is World Fair Trade Day?
World Fair Trade Day is an international celebration of Fair Trade internationally, with events organised worldwide. World Fair Trade Day falls on the first Saturday of Fair Trade Fortnight in Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, World Fair Trade Day is Saturday May 11.
AusAID is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest.
AusAID recognises the importance of educating Australia about the impact Fair Trade and Fairtrade Labelling is having in reducing poverty and empowering producers and communities in developing countries. To this end, AusAID supports Fairtrade Labelling in Australia with regard to a range of campaigns and activities including Fair Trade Fortnight, Fairtrade's Easter and "$2 a Day" campaigns and the Fair Trade Communities Initiative. For more information on AusAID visit their website.
NZAID is the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development agency. The agency is responsible for delivering New Zealand’s Official Development Assistance and for advising Ministers on development assistance policy and operations.
NZAID recognises the importance of building consumer awareness of fair trade and by promoting fair trade, the Trade and Development Programme focuses on increasing awareness in New Zealand, thus providing a more lucrative market for fair trade products. Amongst other projects, this is achieved through promoting Fairtrade Labelling. For more information on NZAID and the projects they are involved with plus lots of information on international trade, visit their website.
Oxfam is working to raise public awareness about Fair Trade products, challenging businesses that practice unfair trade and helping producer groups in Asia Pacific to access the Fair Trade market. Oxfam is also working to change the rules governing international trade, so that trade becomes part of the solution to poverty, not part of the problem.
Trade Aid (New Zealand) is a not-for-profit, fair trade organisation working to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of disadvantaged producers, seeking greater justice in world trade. Trade Aid supports Fair Trade Fortnight and World Fair Trade Day through their 30 retail stores across New Zealand.
Christian World Service is the Development, Justice and Aid Agency of New Zealand Churches. It is a wholly New Zealand organisation established in 1945 and is accountable to supporting churches.
CWS works with some of the poorest communities worldwide, regardless of race or religion. Inspired by our faith, they believe the provision and enjoyment of the basic necessities for living a decent, just and humane life is the will of God for all humankind.
They support poor and marginalised communities in their own efforts to tackle poverty and build self-sufficiency and respond quickly to help people in need when disaster strikes. Standing with the poor, they campaign on the issues that cause poverty and injustice. CWS is committed to working for justice in Aotearoa New Zealand, in partnership with Maori, and honouring the Treaty of Waitangi.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Motivated by their faith in Jesus Christ, they serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God's unconditional love for all people.
World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. World Vision New Zealand currently supports more than 70 projects in 18 countries.
World Vision works in three different areas: Emergency Relief, Community Development and Advocacy. World Vision helps transform the lives of children and families in need around the world, without regard to religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background. It gives an opportunity to every New Zealand household to be involved in a child-focused work that touches millions of people each year in its quest to end poverty, fight hunger and transform lives.