Fair Trade Petition Presented to the EU
Brussels, December 5, 2005
Watch video of the petition handover here
or listen to the audio of the press briefing here
Actor Colin Firth has urged European
Commissioner Peter Mandelson to deliver a trade deal to help the
world's developing nations.
Firth said: "I feel
honoured to act as a voice on behalf of the 10
million people who have signed the Big Noise petition to Make Trade
|"People have added
their names from around the world, including farmers
in Zambia, garment workers in Bangladesh and concert-goers in Europe
and America - it is a unifying plea. We offer this as a counter to the
corporate voices of opportunism - this is a mandate to Mr Mandelson and
all WTO delegates to make trade rules work for the poor."
Mr Mandelson said his job was to find a balance between the trade interests of all concerned in the WTO negotiations. "I welcome this petition and I urge people to keep giving us their views on this. Our job is put trade at the service of development," he said.
The "Big Noise" petition is being presented to political leaders around the world in the run-up to the Hong Kong talks. (Press Association)
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