Consumers International (CI)

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1960-04-01 The Hague Netherlands


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; Jul 1984. Registered in accordance with Dutch law.


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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General Assembly, consisting of one voting delegate from each full member, elects Council, comprising 20 full members. Executive Committee. Regional Offices (4): Accra (Ghana); Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Santiago (Chile); London (UK).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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