MPs urge government action on Global Goals

Cocoa farmers

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes a report by MPs urging the UK Government to take a leading role in implementing the UN's new Global Goals which aim to tackle poverty. 

Today, Wednesday 8 June 2016, the Fairtrade Foundation welcomed a new Parliamentary report calling for stronger leadership from the Prime Minister and across the Government to realise the UN’s Global Goals, which set the international agenda for tackling poverty.

The International Development Select Committee report, ‘UK implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’, references the Fairtrade Foundation’s recommendation for different government departments to work together towards meeting the goals’ ambitious targets to end poverty, tackle climate change and improve human rights.

Michael Gidney, Chief Executive, Fairtrade Foundation, said:

“The Global Goals offer a once in a generation opportunity to address the deep-rooted causes of poverty. However, the scale of this challenge is immense and will demand commitment and coherence from the whole of Government. 

“Too often, decisions on trade or agriculture made by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, or the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs can have unintended consequences for farming communities in poor countries, undermining efforts to support them by the Department for International Development.  Recent changes to sugar quotas are a case in point: what might sound like a simplification of the trade system has taken away markets from cane sugar farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, pushing many thousands of people back into poverty.

"Therefore we welcome and support this call for stronger, joined-up decision-making that considers the impact on people in the world’s poorest countries, and hope the Government responds positively.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

The report sets out MPs’ detailed recommendations for the Government to work together to meet the ambitious targets set out by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or ‘Global Goals’. For a copy of the report or further information contact the International Development Committee at: indcom@parliament.uk

The Fairtrade Foundation’s submission, which is referenced on p37 of the report ‘UK implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’, our recommendation on policy coherence said: “DFID should review the effectiveness of measures for policy coherence for development (PCD) across government, and consider ways to strengthen PCD. This could include an annual report on PCD, as undertake by the European Commission, and regular independent review of government performance in this area.”

Read the submission in full via: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/international-development-committee/uk-implementation-of-the-sustainable-development-goals/written/21113.pdf

For more information contact:

Susannah Henty
Media and PR Manager
020 7440 8597
susannah.henty@fairtrade.org.uk

 

About the Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.65 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

Over 5,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts, wines, ales, rum, confectionery, muesli, cereal bars, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.

Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high in 2014, at a level of 78%. Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2015 exceeded £1.6 billion.