As the 25th of September 2018 coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the declaration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Fair Trade movement launched its Fair Trade Charter to highlight “How the Global Fair Trade Movement works to transform trade in order to achieve justice, equity and sustainability for people and planet”. Fair Trade Lebanon took part in this international event and organized a conference at the American University of Beirut (AUB) for the launching of the Fair Trade Charter in Lebanon.
During the event, Dr. Rabi Mohtar, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in AUB focused on the role of its faculty in promoting the SDGs to its students and implementing them in the fields of agriculture and food sciences. Mr. Samir Abdelmalak, president of Fair Trade Lebanon, highlighted the role that Fair Trade plays as a support base for the implementation of the SDGs. H.E. Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine stressed on the role that the government plays as a means to support the civil society in its endeavors and its initiatives.
Through three specialized panels, this event has exposed the challenges and suggested solutions related to the Lebanese system in order to achieve justice, equity and sustainability and measure the reach of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event solicited successful examples on how small initiatives contribute in transforming people’s lives, achieving social justice, preserving the environment, and basically respecting the Fair Trade principles. In addition, these panels demonstrated how the government and local authorities can embed fairness in national strategies and plans. Last but not least, consumers were mobilized and encouraged to become “citizen-consumers” for a fairer society.