Consumers International (CI)

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History

Founded 1 Apr 1960, The Hague (Netherlands), as International Office of Consumers Unions. Name subsequently changed to International Organization of Consumers Unions (IOCU) -- Organisation internationale des unions de consommateurs -- Organización Internacional de Asociaciones de Consumidores. Present name adopted Jan 1995. Constitution amended: Mar 1975; July 1984. Registered in accordance with Dutch law.

Aims

Promote a fairer society by defending rights of all consumers, especially the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged; support and strengthen members and the consumer movement in general; campaign at international level for policies that respect consumer concerns, focusing on specific areas such as food, standards and trade; seek full incorporation of consumer policy into trade and development agreements negotiated at international and regional levels. Promote basic consumer rights to: basic needs; safety; information; choice; representation; redress; education; a healthy environment.

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Activities

Works with consumer organizations at national, regional and international levels; carries out research, facilitates partnerships and exchange of information and provides information, education, training, technical assistance, community development, seed grants and support in policy development. Main areas of concern: trade; food/nutrition; regional development (Agenda 21). Specific working fields: trade and economics; food; technical standard; utilities; environment; health. Regional offices develop and implement programmes and activities in: trade and economics; food safety and security; sustainable consumption and production; health; product safety; issues related to consumer education, information and legislation. Current programmes include: Unethical Marketing; Food Safety; Sustainable Consumption; Consumer Protection.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 16 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 37 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 170 countries
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UIA Org ID

B2321

Last News Received

2016
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