Lutherans to Advocate Fair Trade, Human Rights at World Trade Conference

The Lutheran World Federation will advocate for fair trade policies and human rights as World Trade Organization members gather for their Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong next week.

According to a press release Thursday, an LWF staff will represent the global Christian body at the Dec. 13-18 gathering, and will keep LWF constituents updated on the developments at the conference.

The LWF, like many other global Christian bodies, have long held that trade-justice and equality have direct impact on human development around the world, and have advocated for international development policies that “uphold the objective of enhancing human well-being.”

Among critical development issues to be addressed at the WTO conference are agricultural subsidies, trade-related aspects of international property rights, and public health.

Meanwhile, as the WTO holds its gathering, LWF’s Office for International Affairs and Human Rights will also be holding a conference on how to analyze information on trade negotiations. LWF members will also participate in parallel events organized by civil society organizations and church bodies that tackle human rights, fair trade, globalization, food security and access to health.

The WTO gathering is held once every two years and is the highest decision making body of the international group.