Before reading the program, you should know that it will rock!

Gather your energy and bring it to the conference for 4 dynamite days, destined to an explosion of exchanges and ideas. Objective: to contaminate each other even more with the fair trade virus and spread the fair trade right up to the tiniest corner on Mars (action plan 2100 for the first colony on Mars).

Long live Fair Trade! Long live all of us, who are committed to this economic model that smiles to Humans and to the Earth!

Day 1 (14.09): German with translation in English and French
Other Days (15.-17.09): English with translation in French and Spanish

DAY 1: THURSDAY - 14.09.17 (Saarbrücken, city centre)

Ceremony of German Award “Fair Trade Capital”

11.30 - 12.30 Light Lunch
12.30 - 15.30 Ceremony
Engagement Global, Servicestelle für Kommunen in der Einen Welt (SKEW)
15.30 - 17.30 Guided tour along touristic and Fair Trade highlights of Saarbrücken
17.30 - 18.30 Reception at Town Hall with Mayor Charlotte Britz
19.00 Cultural Show and Dinner at Congress-Center
In cooperation with Engagement Global
Welcome - Ulrich Commerçon, Saar-Minister for Education and Culture

DAY 2: FRIDAY - 15.09.17 (Saarbrücken, campus)

08.00 - 09.00 Registration & Coffee
09.00 - 10.00 Identity card for a cross-border cooperation
Prof. Dr. Claudia Polzin-Haumann, Vice-President for Europe and International
Saar-University, First Fairtrade-University in Germany

Highlights from three national neighbouring campaigns
• Dieter Overath, Fairtrade Germany
• Estelle Dubreuil, FAIR(e) un Monde Équitable, France
• Jean-Louis Zeien, Fairtrade Letzeburg

Welcome QuattroPole and QuattroFair
• Charlotte Britz, Director Board QuattroPole / Mayor Saarbrücken
• André Sobczak, Vice-President Nantes MétroPole
• Fleurance Laroppe, Speaker QuattroFair
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee-Break
10.30 - 12.00 Public debate on the role of the European Union in promoting Fair Trade
• Sandra Gallina, Director for i.a. Trade and Sustainable Development (European Commission)

Keynote-Speech and announcement of European Fair Trade City Award
• Jean Feyder, Ambassador of Luxembourg at the UN
• Debate with Members of the European Parliament and the Public
12.00 - 12.15 Speech: EU and Fair Trade: Fair Trade movement vision and call for coordinated Fair Trade movement action
Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO)
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch in the Mensa – including Networking Tables
13.30 - 15.00 Workshops, Choose the first one!
(Please find below the details of the workshops. )
15.00 - 16.30 FIT for FAIR
16.30 - 18.00 Workshops, Choose the second one!
(Please find below the details of the workshops. )
18.00 - 19.30 Workshops, Choose the third one!
(Please find below the details of the workshops. )
19.30 - 24.00 Evening meal and Party

DAY 3: SATURDAY - 16.09.17 (Saarbrücken & QuattroFair-Towns)

09.00 - 09.30 Coffee
09.30 - 11.00 International stakeholders in dialogue – latest developments and further visions
• Darío Soto Abril, Fairtrade International (FI-CEO)
• Rudi Dalvai, World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO-President)
• Billy Linstead-Goldsmith and Tadeusz Makulski, International Fair Trade Towns Campaign (Steering Committee)
• Moderator - Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO-CEO)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee-Break
11.30 - 12.30 Panel: Portrait of three successful tiny countries:
• Rosa Guamán, Fuerzas Unidas por el Comercio Justo en Ecuador
• Benoît Berger & Elie Karam, Le Liban engagé équitablement
• Sophie Duponcheel & Lothar Boeyken, Fair Trade Campaigns in Belgium

Moderator - Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO-CEO)
12.30 - 13.00 Lunch: Sandwiches
13.00 - 14.30 Not FAR from FAIRy-SAARBRÜCKEN!
Bus transfer to one of the selected twin towns (three groups)
14.30 - 21.00
Quick overview:
• Welcome from local Mayor & QuattroPole Correspondant
• Special fair highlights combined with a producer’s presentation
     Luxembourg: Public Procurement & Textiles
      Metz: Fair Trade Made in France
      Trier: Partnerships and Networking

• Tourism-Discovery
• Fairy evening meal
PROGRAMME LUXEMBOURG 14:30 - 15:30: Reception in the Tun Deutsch des Casemates du Bock
Exhibition of Fair Trade workwear

15:30 - 17:00: Welcome at the Town Hall – Mayor Lydie Polfer

Conference and Debate :
• Anjali Schiavina, Fair Trade Initiative Pondicherry – Production of Fair Trade textiles in India
• Fairtrade Letzeburg – The new Fairtrade Textiles Standards
• M. Wolf, City of Luxemburg – Procurement Policy

17:00 – 19.30: Fairtrade Rally and Sightseeing tour et découverte de la Ville, collation

20.00 – 21.30: Buffet « Fair & Bio & Regional »
PROGRAMME METZ 14h30 – 15.00: Welcome at the Town Hall – Mayor Dominique Gros

15h00 – 17.00: Conference and Debate « Fair Trade Made in France »,
“THE” Fair Trade topic in France
• Marc Dufumier, President of the French national Fair Trade Network « Plate-Forme du Com-merce Equitable » (PFCE)
• Gérald Godreuil, Director of the French national Worldshops Network « Fédération Artisans du Monde »
• Jérôme Olivier Onguene Ntonga, Communauté Urbaine d'Ebolowa, Cameroon

17h00 – 18.00: Discovering the Green City Metz along touristic and Fair Trade highlights

18h00 – 19.00: Free visit

19h30 – 21.30: Buffet « Fair & Bio & Regional »
PROGRAMME TRIER 14.30 – 17.00: Welcome at the University at Irminenfreihof - President Michael Jäckel

Conference and debate:
• Annette Fehrholz, promotor for sustainable procurement – Presentation of the Trier process after achieving 2010 the status „Fairtrade-Town“ and of the national promotor program “coordination for municipal international solidarity
• Guests from Trier and Bolivia – Common projects in climate change and clothe-collecting
• Open Market of the Possibilities

17.00 – 19.00: Tour along touristic and alternative highlights

19.00 – 21.00: Welcome – Mayor Wolfram Leibe and FairTrade steering group
Buffet – University Catering Service
22.30 FUN for FAIR:
Back to Saarbrücken: Saturday Night Fever !!!

DAY 4: SUNDAY - 17.09.17 (Saarbrücken, campus)

09.00 - 10.30 Workshops, Choose the fourth one!
(Please find below the details of the workshops. )
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 13.00 Plenary Session
• Celebration of cross-border stakeholders achieving status
• Workshops Evaluation
• Resolution, Where and What next, "Finissage" of the conference
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 FANS for FAIR - Not included in the official program, but highly recommended!
14.00 - 16.00 Country coordinators meeting (closed to the public)
16.00 - 18.00 Guided Tour along touristic and Fair Trade highlights of Saarbrücken
20.00 - 21.30 Film "La Finca Humana", about the FairTrade-Kooperative COMSA in Honduras
Film from Brian Olson,
Introduction and ensuing discussion with Miriam Elizabeth Perez Zelaya (COMSA), Honduras.
Location: Kino Achteinhalb, Nauwieserstr. 19, 66111 Saarbrücken
21.30 - open end Happy End -just relax enjoying a local beer!

During the whole conference: MARKET with different booths!


Quite thrilling topics - aren't they? ... Just have a look!

1. Producer voice in a certification scheme – 50/50 in the Fairtrade system


  • Gudrun Schlöpker, Fairtrade Germany
  • Sol Maria Torres, CLAC - Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores y Trabajadores de Comercio Justo
  • Sandra Palacio Martínez, Coffee Cooperative COOAGRONEVADA, Colombia

Abstract: The Fairtrade certification system has made a major move when all members decided 5 years ago that Fairtrade should be 50% producer owned and that the services for producer organizations would be provided by producer networks. How does the co-ownership work? What does it mean in practice for small producer organizations, country networks and other local structures of producer self-organization? And how do the continental  Fairtrade Producer Networks organize themselves to reach out to their members all over their continent in order to collect, bundle and represent their views effectively?
Objective: Participants will get an understanding of these issues, guided by a Producer Network colleague from Latin America, a Small Producer Organization leader from Colombia and a representative from German Fairtrade Organization TransFair.

2. Fair Trade Guarantee System for producers and organizations by WFTO


  • Tamara Cotbussen, WFTO Global
  • Lorena Vergara, WFTO Latin America & Campaigner Fair Trade Towns Chile

Abstract: WFTO is since 1989 the global network of Fair Trade Organizations with members in 75 countries around the world. Two thirds of the members are producer organizations in Africa, Latin America and Asia.  In 2013, the WFTO Guarantee System was introduced in order to guarantee that a Fair Trade producer- or trading organization is working according to the global Fair Trade Standards.  More and more organizations now reach Fair Trade guaranteed status every week. As they do, more products produced and traded according to WFTO requirements reach the market. That in turn makes it important to include the WFTO Guarantee System in the Fair Trade Towns policies. This workshop will provide an introduction to the WFTO Guarantee System and explain more about its focus on the Fair Trade Organisation and its Fair Trade practices.

3. Developing a model for Fair Trade Nations and Regions


  • Henk Zandvliet, Fair Trade Holland
  • Martin Rhodes, Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Abstract: The workshop is aimed at those who are already engaged with idea of Fair Trade Nations and Regions as well as those who are looking to explore the concept for the first time. What is a Fair Trade Nation or Region? How can we bring together our understanding of the model and develop it for the best advantage of Fair Trade? What is the value of Fair Trade Nations and Regions? How do national and regional campaigns work with Fair Trade towns? The workshop will look at the Memorandum of Understanding, already signed by 7 national/regional campaigns, and discuss how to gain broader support for it.”

4. Emerging Fair Trade Towns Campaigns


  • Tatsuya Watanabe, Fair Trade Towns Japan
  • Anjali Schiavina, Fair Trade Town Initiative Pondicherry, India

Abstract: Sharing experience (achievements, challenges, etc) of new Fair Trade Towns initiatives and discussing, among others, the ways of building a "Big Tent” (non-partisan broad-based) national campaign. Presentation of the best practices of collaboration of different stakeholders in the specific countries.

5. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Fair Trade

  • Lothar Boeykens, Fairtrade Gemeente, Belgium-Flanders
Abstract: Let’s explore the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a common opportunity for Fair Trade and let’s create an information and best practice sharing group around three topics:
- Universality of SDG and Fair Trade (including the Northern producers)
- The SDGs and Peace (SDG 16)
- Fair Trade and Sustainability in terms of a revolutionary process

6. EU new sugar-policy and its impact on Southern producers


  • Rudi Dalvai, WFTO Global
  • Ruth Salditos, Panay Fair Trade Center ,Philippines

Abstract: Sugar is between one of the most important commodities in international trade. It is also an good example of an important commodity of the colonial eras and also an excellent example for market protectionism in post-colonial eras. Ruth Salditos will present the story of sugar production in Panay, Philippines starting from the colonial period of the Spanish where hundreds of small Mascobado mills has been installed, the impact of the big sugar mill build second part of last century which has led to the drastically declined  of the number of Mascobado sugar mills and the start of the success story of Fair Trade Macobado sugar production in Panay. Rudi Dalvai will give an overview of global production, trade  and consumption of sugar with some figures and stories of protectionism, the new EU sugar policy seen in this context,  and inform about who controls the sugar world market of today.

7. Mobilizing for the new European Award for Fair and Ethical Trade


  • Fabio De Franceschi, European Commission, Directorate General for Trade
  • Joseph Wozniak, International Trade Centre (ITC), Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD
Abstract: How to support the step forward done by the EU to support Fair Trade?
Let’s check how to contribute to a good understanding and dissemination of the new Award, and try that a considerable amount of cities apply, in order to secure a continuous edition of the Award.

8.How does Fair Trade change our Northern and Southern societies


  • Stefan Silvestrini, Center for Evalutation - CeVAL, Germany
Abstract: Presentation of the main results out of two studies executed by Center of Evaluation, Saarbrücken and discussion: Trend- and Impact Study about Fair Trade in Germany (2017)
Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction through Rural Development (2014)

9. Change us to change them?


  • Giorgio Dal Fiume, Atromercato Italy
  • Marco Coscione, CLAC - Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores y Trabajadores de Comercio Justo
Abstract: Is the Fair Trade message still actual or outdated? How to have a social impact in a world changed compared to the beginning of Fair Trade?
For Fair Trade it’s mandatory to assess if and how its activities create positive impact at social level, not only for wages of the people and organizations directly involved in Fair Trade, but also for local communities and global issues.
The world has been changing compared to the challenges faced by Fair Trade pioneers: social priorities are different, environmental issues acquire a bigger relevance, globalization increases inequalities, Fair Trade products are in mainstream, the solidarity feeling towards poor Southern people turned into fear and aggressive approach towards migrants. How this scenario challenges the Fair Trade practice? The workshop’s aim is to exchange opinion to possibly innovate Fair Trade mottos, tools and approaches to strengthen its social impact and visibility.

10. Can Fair Trade be applied in conflictual zones?


  • Andrea Monti, Altromercato Italy
  • Elie Karam, Association Baskinta Baytouna, Lebanon
  • Benoît Berger, Fair Trade Lebanon
Abstract: In some conflict-ravaged zones like Middle-East, South-Italy, Colombia experiences have been successfully carried out, showing that Fair Trade - projects can help recover social life and agriculture.

11. Fair Trade and Sustainable Tourism


  • Herbert Hamele, ECOTRANS, Germany

Abstract: Many businesses and tour operators in the global tourism sector are committed to make their offer and services more sustainable, including the use of fair trade products. More than 170 labels on sustainable tourism are operating worldwide!
This workshop presents in one hand how this can be realized through collaboration and through commonly using the Tourism 2030 – DestiNet Services designed for this: presentation of labels, the global map of eco-certified tourism businesses and destinations, examples for the promotion of the “green travel maps” to the tour operators and tourists. In the other hand it will be shown best practice examples from Saarbrücken, Quattropole and from producer countries in the Global South. Finally it will be covered how fair trade is related to tourism and how to enhance the visibility of the fair and sustainable committed businesses in your town and thus gain arguments towards the tourist sector to commit on fair and sustainable practices.

12. Fair and Sustainable Public Procurement – Framework and Best Practice


  • Ann-Kathrin Voge, Engagement Global, Germany
  • Elen Jones, Fair Trade Nation Wales
Abstract: How can Fair Trade Towns implement their aims on Fair Trade and Sustainability into their purchasing practices? What do European, national and regional legal frameworks allow for and how are European cities already using their market power? In this workshop you will get an insight into regulations, strategies and best practices from Germany and Wales.

13. City Marketing for Fair Trade Towns


  • Catja Caloudis, Fairtrade Sweeden
  • Lisa Herrmann, Fairtrade Germany
Abstract: The objective of this workshop is to exchange “best practices” and learn from each other on how to make the commitment as Fairtrade-Town more visible. From City Lights advertisement to smartly integrating fair trade in huge local events – there are many ways to highlight your Fairtrade-Town with low budget and creative ideas.

14. Social media ideas for Fair Trade Towns


  • Daniel Caspari, Fairtrade Germany
  • Suzi Hiza, Fair Trade Communities, USA
  • Laura Perona, Fairtrade Iberica, Spain
Abstract: Confused by Facebook? Twitter got you in a twist? Then don’t switch off but come to our workshop!  The objective of this workshop is to present some outstanding social media campaigns of Fair Trade Towns acivists from different countries, help you out with some guidance on how to use Social Media for your engagement and work together on new and concrete campaigns.

15. Fair Trade Universities “Be the change you want to see in the world!”


  • Diego Núñez, Action Group Faire Uni Saar – First Fairtrade-University in Germany
  • Adriana Isabel Ruíz Lopez, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
Abstract: Universities are producing professionals but not citizens. Therefore there is an urgent need to make the decision makers of tomorrow aware of Fair Trade and benefit of the enormous commitment’s potential that students have as agents of change.
We propose a workshop in which we will see why is it important for your town to start a Fair Trade University’s campaign, share best practice examples on how to manage a successful campaign based on experiences from universities in the global south and north and finally network yourself with this movement of more than 200 universities worldwide.

16. Teaching and Learning through Fair Trade


  • Maike Schliebs, Fairtrade Germany, Campaign Fairtrade Schools
  • Florian Ablöscher, Fairtrade Austria
Abstract: The objective of this workshop is to exchange on “good practices” and learn from each other on different modalities of how Fair Trade can be explored in schools. This includes teaching resources, activities and cooperations. In addition, participants will learn about the campaign “Fairtrade-Schools”. Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world. Different partners will share their experiences on how to bring fair trade to schools and their environment.

17. Strategies to keep steering groups going


  • Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundation, UK

18. Networking experiences


  • Claire Fischer, Swiss Fair Trade
  • Representant Faire Metropole Ruhr, Germany


Special Workshops


SPECIAL WORKSHOPS to be held by Southern guests
- for schools on Friday 15th in the morning

Updated 12.08.17 - Subject to modifications

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