That was the Fair Trade Fair 2022

Together for global responsibility: The SEZ trade fair team at Fair Trading 2022 / Ensemble pour une responsabilité global: the SEZ team at the Fair Trading 2022 (Photo: SEZ/Markus Karl).

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The Fair Trade 2022 trade fair attracted many visitors to Stuttgart and underlined the importance of development policy issues.

Over 80 visitors filled the halls of Messe Stuttgart from April 000 to 21, 24. The Stuttgart spring fairs took place there, which also include Fair Trade with its focus on globally responsible behavior and conscious consumption. After a two-year break due to the pandemic, over 2022 exhibitors showed trends and innovations relating to fair trade and conscious consumption from the areas of development cooperation and global partnerships, sustainable finance and tourism as well as future fashion and future fashion made in Africa. “We are pleased that so many people came to Fair Trade. Through their broad support of the idea of ​​fair trade, they have shown that, especially in times of crisis, it is important to build human bridges for our livable and peaceful world of tomorrow,” said Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

There were numerous activities at the Fair Trade stands that invited people to take part or try them out. In the special area of ​​Future Fashion you could give worn fashion a new shine in the upcycling workshop, for example the Burundian fashion designer Pierre Hardy MWETE with his art installation in the Future Fashion Made In Africa Corner Be. (as opposed to Not Be) or enjoy a cup of fair trade partnership coffee at the Burundi-Baden-Württemberg quiz at the Burundi Competence Center stand. The Mindchangers offered opportunities for young people to participate in rethinking migration and climate change. An attractive cultural supporting program with readings and talks offered some highlights, such as the Bahaga concert or the readings from “Barefoot in Germany” with Tete Loper and “Farman. When our roots catch up with us again” with Paruar Bako.

The political relevance of Fair Trade and its topics was underlined by the visits of several high-ranking politicians and by a multi-faceted offer for the development policy specialist audience. Dr. offered a moving introduction to the topic of global justice. Joy Alemazung, the mayor of the city of Heubach and expert in municipal development policy, who opened Fair Trade with a keynote speech. Thekla Walker, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Energy of the State of Baden-Württemberg, visited Fair Trade and opened it WIN forum. Cem Özdemir, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, spoke at the panel discussion “eco and fair for future” on the topics of nutrition and global justice and then attended the Future Fashion Forum. At the award ceremony for the Sindelfingen collegiate high school as a fair trade school, Sandra Boser, State Secretary in the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, emphasized the importance of fair trade in schools.

A special highlight was that Development policy state conference with the Mindchangers Summit, in which the focus was on young people with their ideas for shaping a just world and in exchange with State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet, who is responsible for development policy in the state government. Other political decision-makers, such as Sebastian Cuny, MdL and development policy spokesman for the SPD, Konrad Epple, MdL and board member of the SEZ, Josha Frey, MdL and development policy spokesperson for the Greens, Gisela Splett, State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Alena Trauschel, MdL and board member of the foundation board the SEZ, contributed their development policy expertise in various formats. The topic “Climate Justice in Burundi & Baden-Württemberg: One topic, two perspectives” was discussed at 40th Burundi Meeting The SEZ was brought into focus, among other things, through the input of Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze, climate protection activist and CEO of Greening Burundi. At the Municipal specialist conference The participants showed how municipalities can work even more successfully to implement the United Nations' sustainability goals.

The international trade and consumer trade fair Fair trade with a focus on fair trade and globally responsible action is a sales platform and at the same time an information and contact exchange for the industry, for the media, for decision-makers and consumers. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) organizes Fair Trade together with Messe Stuttgart as part of the spring trade fairs. The SEZ is the technical and intellectual sponsor of the event. The next Fair Trade is expected to take place from April 13th to 16th, 2023.

​C'était la foire Fair Trade 2022

The Fair Trade Fair 2022 is the name of the visitors*TRICES in Stuttgart and the importance of the themes of the political development.

Plus the 80 visitors*trices ont rempli les halls de la “Messe Stuttgart” du 000 au 21 avril 24. C'est là que se sont déroulées les foires de printemps de Stuttgart, dont fair trade fait partie avec son accent sur le commerce Globally responsible and conscientious consumption. After a break in the second half of the pandemic, plus 2022 exposants*tes on the presentation of trends and innovations in the autour du commerce équitable et de la consommation responsable dans les domaines de la coopération au développement et des partenariats mondiaux, de la finance et The tourism is durable and the future mode of Made In Africa. “Nous sommes ravis qu’autant de personnes soient venues au salon Fair action. Par leur large soutien à l'idée du commerce équitable, elles ont montré qu'il est important, surtout en period de crisis, de constructire des ponts humains pour notre monde de main, un monde où il fait bon vivre et où la paix règne ", declared Philipp Keil, general manager of the Fondation pour la coopération au développement du Bade-Wurtemberg (SEZ).

Les stands de fair trade proposiient de nombreuses actions inviting à participant or à déguster. Ainsi, in the space special de Future Fashion, on you can get a new éclat à la mode portée dans the atelier d'upcycling, on the coin Future Fashion Made In Africa, on you can, for example, fair the connaissance of the Burundian fashion designer Pierre Hardy MWETE avec son installation artistique Be. (as opposed to Not Be) or taste a cup of café de partenariat issu du commerce équitable au stand du center de compétence Burundi en participant au quiz Burundi-Baden-Württemberg. Chez les Mindchangers, de young participants ont proposé de repenser la migration et le changement climate. A cultural attraction program with lectures and debates offers a series of moments, including the Bahaga concert or the lectures on “Barefoot in Germany” (Pieds nus en Allemagne) avec Tete Loper et « Farman. When our roots catch up with us again » (Farman. Quand nos racines nous rattrapent) avec Paruar Bako.

The pertinence politique de fair action et de ses thèmes a été soulignée par la visite de plusieurs politiciens*nnes de haut rang et par une offre aux multiples facettes pour le public spécialisé dans la politique de développement. Joy Alemazung, mayor of the ville d'Heubach and expert in politique de développement municipale, a ouvert the salon fair action par an allocution émouvante sur the theme of world justice. Thekla Walker, Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy of the State of Bade-Wurtemberg, visited the Fair Trade Salon and opened the WIN forum. Cem Özdemir, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, expressed himself on the topics of food and global justice at the round table “eco and fair for the future” and an ensuite visit to Future Fashion Forum. Lors de la cérémonie de remise du label Fairtrade-School au Lycée de Sindelfingen, Sandra Boser, secretary d'État au ministère de la culture, de la youth et des sports du Bade-Wurtemberg, a souligné l'importance du commerce équitable dès l 'école.

The conference on the political development of the state, with the sommet of mind-changers, was a particulative moment: children and ideas for the creation of a world just outside the center of the debates and on the change of the secret 'État Rudi Hoogvliet, responsible for the political development of the Government of the State. D'autres décideurs*res politiques, like Sebastian Cuny, député et porte-parole du SPD pour la politique de développement, Konrad Epple, député et membre du conseil de fondation de la SEZ, Josha Frey, député et porte-parole des Verts pour la politique de développement, Gisela Splett, secretary d'État au ministère des finances and Alena Trauschel, députée and membre du conseil de fondation de la SEZ, ont également apporté leur expertise en matière de politique de développement dans différents formats. The theme “Justice climatique au Burundi & Bade-Wurtemberg: un subject, deux perspectives” a été mis en avant lors de la 40ème rencontre de la SEZ sur le Burundi, notamment par l'intervention d'Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze, activiste de la protection du climate and fondateur de Greening Burundi. Lors de la journée technique communale, les participants*tes ont montré comment les communes peuvent s'engager avec encore plus de succès dans la mise en œuvre des objectifs de durabilité des Nations Unies.

The International Salon of Professionals and Consommateurs*trices Fair trade, axé on le commerce équitable et le commerce globalement responsable, is à la fois une plate-forme de vente et une source d'informations et de contacts pour ledit secteur, les médias, les décideurs*res et les consommateurs*trices. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) organizes Fair Trade and collaboration with the Stuttgart Trade Fair in the cadre of print empties. The SEZ is the professional organization of this exposure. The Prochaine édition de Fair Trade is published from 13 to 16 April 2023.

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That was the Fair Trade Fair 2018

The Fair Trade Fair 2018 is behind us. We are looking forward to four intensive and successful days at the trade fair.

There were 180 exhibitors, influential speakers and over 80 events from the areas of fair trade, development cooperation, sustainable finance, sustainable tourism, CSR and the new Future Fashion movement for sustainable textiles and conscious consumer behavior. The SEZ team would like to thank everyone involved for their great commitment.

Impressions from the Fair Trade trade fair from April 5th to 8th, 2018 (Photographer: Markus Karl | FOTONOID)


Caroline Kiesewetter is in Stuttgart for Future Fashion

The actress and singer Caroline Kiesewetter will speak with author and journalist Wolfgang Niess and Philipp Keil from the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) about the Future Fashion movement on April 18, 2018 at 19.30:XNUMX p.m. in the Stuttgart Café Melva.

The Future Fashion movement initiated by the SEZ highlights social and ecological injustices in the textile value chain. Clothes swap parties, an exhibition, future fashion experts, city tours and the Fair Trade trade fair are intended to raise awareness, illustrate alternatives to fast fashion and show that everyone can change the world with their own consumer behavior.

The actress, singer and speaker Caroline Kiesewetter is a fan of the movement. As a public figure, she advocates for responsible fashion purchasing behavior. “Too few people know that fashion that is created through fair working conditions and treats the environment responsibly can still appear fashionable, cool, casual and suitable for everyday use. “These fashion labels are now available and at affordable prices,” says Kiesewetter.

Other dates: On Friday, April 20.04.2018, 19, Caroline Kiesewetter will give the jazz concert “Sometimes Loud, Sometimes Quietly” at Melva Mode | at 30:22 p.m Café in Stuttgart. Entry costs XNUMX euros.

Caroline Kiesewetter: Caroline Kiesewetter is a real Northern Lights. The Hamburg native was born into a family of artists. She was on stage as a child. Thanks to her acting and singing training at the “Rose Bruford College of Drama” in London, she is very broadly positioned as an actress, musician and singer. In recent years she has appeared on stage at the Stadttheater Lüneburg, the Schauspielbühnen Stuttgart, the Hamburger Kammerspiele and the St.Pauli Theater, among others.

She has also made a name for herself as a jazz singer for many years. Her German-language debut album was released in 2008. In 2017, her second CD “Mal loud, mal quiet” was released. Caroline Kiesewetter appeared in various film and television productions. In the ZDF series “The Rescue Pilots” as Mayor Anne Lichtenhagen, in the ARD series “Rote Rosen” and the children may know her as Caro from “Sesame Street”. 


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Economy and development cooperation

In which areas can Germany develop? This is how the discussion event “Economy and development cooperation – how does it fit together?” began, to which the SEZ invited people to the state fair in Stuttgart on April 10, 5 as part of the 2018th anniversary of its Fair Trade International Fair for Fair Trade and Globally Responsible Action.

Three scholarship holders from AFRIKA KOMMT! – Naseeba Bagalaaliwo, Augusta Muhimpundu and Yolanda Pitso – company spokesperson for the program Hartwig Löffler from Bosch GmbH and the Kenyan economist James Shikwati discussed under the moderation of Joyce M. Muvunyi. The panelists agreed that a shift away from 'help and support' towards real partnerships and real shared interests is needed.  

Naseeba Bagalaaliwo, lawyer and cultural coordinator from Uganda, emphasized that empowerment should focus on sharing power. In addition, she misses stories in development cooperation that sometimes report failure. This is the only way to develop further. James Shikwati underscored this by saying that "you don't have to 'help' anyone to remain significant." This is exactly where the difference would become clear for an actual mutual interest. 

Augusta Muhimpundu, a psychologist from Burundi, highlighted the psychological challenges on both sides of Europe-Africa relations and suggested the establishment of a new 'we' understanding. The most important tool for successful collaborations is therefore not talking, but listening, says Hartwig Löffler. Every strategy paper talks about the “development” of Africa, but it is far more important to talk about youth when it comes to the future and sustainability. “We have the software, we have the people,” says Yolanda Pitso, an engineer from Botswana. “Africa does not need money, but time, data and strong mindsets,” concludes James Shikwati.


We are at the Fair Trade fair

The SEZ team is at the Fair Trade trade fair and looks forward to your visit.

We'll be there until Sunday Hall 7 at stand G63. You can find our Burundi Corner in Hall 7 at stand 7E40. We are looking forward to all 180 exhibitors from the areas of fair trade, development cooperation, sustainable tourism, sustainable finance, CSR, to the stands of the Future Fashion movement and to over 80 events. And of course we look forward to your visit.

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The Fair Trade trade fair is open

The Fair Trade trade fair officially opened on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

In the welcome talk, State Secretary Theresa Schopper exchanged ideas with Philipp Keil (SEZ), Roland Bleinroth (Messe Stuttgart) and moderator Joyce M. Muvunyi about ten years of fair trade success stories at Messe Stuttgart. “Through its spectrum, a trade fair format like Fair Trade offers visitors numerous opportunities to find out about fair trade and sustainable consumption. “It is particularly pleasing that sustainable textiles are being presented as a new trade fair area with the “Future Fashion” initiative,” said State Secretary Theresa Schopper, who is responsible for development cooperation within the state government. “Since the trade fair appeals equally to the specialist audience and the end consumer, the idea of ​​conscious and fair consumption can be made concretely clear to many different actors. The Fair Trade trade fair is increasingly becoming a visitor magnet thanks to its varied offerings.”

The welcoming speech was given by Ulrich Commercon MdL, Minister for Education and Culture of Saarland. The keynote speech came from Kenyan economic expert James Shikwati. The official starting signal was then given by Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Until Sunday, April 8, 2018, the Fair Trade fair shows that the consumption of fairly traded products has a positive influence on the lives of many people worldwide and what everyone can do for a fairer world.

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Get in touch and subscribe to the SEZ newsletter!

Register for the SEZletter between April 05th and 08th, 2018 and the SEZ will donate one euro per registration to a project in Burundi.

Anyone who registers for the SEZletter during the Fair Trading trade fair, from April 05th to 08th, 2018, will receive it twice a year. And with it exciting stories from the partnerships between people in Baden-Württemberg and people in the Global South, interviews with experts, and all important information about the foundation's activities. The first SEZletter appears in April. He will be full of impressions of the Fair Trade fair and the Future Fashion area and will deal with the topic of “consumption”.

At the same time, the SEZ will donate one euro for every registration during this period to a partnership project with Burundi. Information about the Afrokids eV project can be found here:…


The Fair Trade trade fair starts today

The Fair Trade trade fair starts today, Thursday, April 05th. And the Future Fashion movement is there.

This year, 180 exhibitors and 80 events are part of Fair Trade. “With the many products that will be shown at Fair Trade and with the supporting program, we as the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) want to raise awareness of global connections. We want to show how everyone can do something for a fairer world in everyday life,” says Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ. Fair Handel has been part of Messe Stuttgart's spring trade fairs for ten years. The SEZ team can be found in Hall 7 at stand G63 from Thursday to Sunday. The Burundi Corner is at the stand opposite. She introduces Burundi as a partner country of Baden-Württemberg and three Burundian female entrepreneurs.

That is new: For the first time, the Future Fashion movement initiated by the SEZ is taking up a large area of ​​fair trade. In Hall 7 from April 05th to 08th, 2018 there will be around 30 exhibitors from the sustainable fashion world, exciting speakers, participation offers and a lounge with a DJ. Who speaks and what happens is on the page Future Fashion stand is number 7F13. On Thursday and Friday you can dress up T-shirts you brought with you at the Friends' Circle stand 7G35, and exciting speakers on the topic of future fashion will speak at the Future Fashion Forum 7G31 on all four days of the trade fair. You can also bring old clothes with you and you will receive an 8 euro discount voucher that can be redeemed at participating Future Fashion exhibitors at Fair Trade. Marie Wuttke from Messe Stuttgart explains exactly how this works in this video: Explanatory video

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