Town sends fair message to politicians at UN

PLEDGE Councillor Richard Dickson
PLEDGE Councillor Richard Dickson

Pupils in Fareham and Gosport to create posters to promote improving air quality

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GOSPORT’S mayor has sent a clear message that farmers and producers across the globe should get a fair deal.

Councillor Richard Dickson signed a declaration that will be sent to world leaders in New York in September 2013 at the United Nations General Assembly.

They will discuss updates to a development policy.

Gosport is one of 1,250 Fairtrade towns across the country.

Together with Gosport Fairtrade Action, Cllr Dickson’s declaration is calling for a sustainable world to allow people to fulfil their potential and not in poverty.

Cllr Dickson said: ‘I’m delighted to sign the declaration on behalf of Gosport and to support the Fair Trade campaign.’

He added: ‘Fair Trade is an important way of showing we care that people are treated fairly.’

Sarah Hirom, the co-ordinator for GFA, said: ‘Our experience shows that Fairtrade can transform the lives of some of the poorest producers while safeguarding the environment.

‘This people-focussed business model needs to be extended to trade and business everywhere, if we are to enjoy a word free from hunger and conflict.’

Fairtrade towns want trade rules and practices to stop inequality and get small producers in developing countries out of poverty.

The organisation also wants to phase out child labour and encourage environmentally-sustainable farming.