14th WFTO Biennial Conference
9-13 November 2017, New Delhi (India)
The WFTO Biennial Conference is the largest global gathering of organisations representing the Fair Trade supply chain, from producers to wholesalers and resellers. Taking place every two years, it is the only international event that brings all actors of the Fair Trade movement in one place.
Where Fair Trade meets Organic movement. The 14th edition of the conference will be held in New Delhi, India, from 9 to 13 November 2017, which coincides with the 2017 Organic World Congress (OWC), also in Delhi. We are expecting over 250 participants from different organisations and businesses around the world, as well as decision makers, academics, students and other civil society representatives.
The programme includes plenaries, workshops and informal networking on exciting topics that demonstrate Fair Trade as a path to trade justice, equity and sustainable development. Workshop sessions will focus on the responses of the Fair Trade movement to the changing market environment and its contributions towards the realisation of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, an entire day will be devoted to workshops and activities bringing together the Fair Trade and Organic movements, a unique chance to share knowledge, experiences and build synergies. Conference participants will attend the ‘Marketing and Quality Assurance’ track of the OWC2017, co-organised by IFOAM and WFTO.
Other topics in the programme will include the next Fair Trade Charter, and key internal topics (such as living wages, WFTO’s strategy for the next years and its governance structure, GS training workshops, and others).
Prominent speakers and workshop leaders/presenters have been invited to bring in expert opinion and contribute to discussions. Confirmed keynote speakers include Nicolette Naumann, Vice-President of Messe Frankfurt/Ambiente.
Leaders and representatives from WFTO members and other organisations will take an active role in workshops and other informal sessions, where the main goal will be to share experiences and learn from each other.
Day 1 (9 Nov, afternoon): Arrival of participants and Opening Ceremony with keynote speaker.
Day 2 (10 Nov): Marketing and Quality Assurance: Fair & Organic Production [at the OWC 2017].
Day 3 (11 Nov): Fair Trade Responses to a Changing Market environment.
Day 4 (12 Nov): Trading your way to Sustainable Development.
Day 5 (13 Nov): Member’s meetings (AGM); parallel activities for non-members; Closing Ceremony.
Day 6 (14 Nov, morning): Departure; transfer to other WFTWeek events.
Join us! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best practices of others and be part of the forum where key decisions are made!
Venue: Crowne Plaza Okhla (New Delhi).
Registrations foreseen to open in March/April 2017. The Conference package will include the conference registration and accommodation for 5 nights (from 9-14 November 2017, check-in/check-out dates). It will not include transportation to New Delhi or hotel transfers, among others.