Consumer protection around the world
The OECD mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change.
The OECD addresses a wide range of issues relevant for consumers, in particular through its Committee on Consumer Policy (CCP).
The OECD is a member organisation of ICPEN.
UNCTAD's overall objective of its programmes is to promote inclusive and sustainable development through international trade.
It offers analysis and advice and seeks to build consensus, strengthen capacity and promote partnerships for trade policy, trade negotiations, trade in goods and services, competition law and consumer protection, and managing issues arising at the intersection of trade, the environment and climate change
The objective of UNCTAD's work on competition and consumer policies is to ensure that partner countries enjoy the benefits of increased competition, open and contestable markets, private sector investment in key sectors and ultimately that consumers achieve improved welfare.
The UNCTAD is a member organisation of ICPEN.
The CPC is the grouping of national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws across the European Union (EU), Iceland and Norway assist each other in exchanging information and investigating possible breaches of consumer law to protect the collective interest of consumers.
The legal basis for the Network is Regulation 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws (the Regulation on Consumer Protection Cooperation).
ECC-Net is a network of 30 offices in the 28 EU Member States, Norway and Iceland.
ECC's are co-financed by the European Commission and national governments, as part of the European policy to assist every citizen in Europe to take advantage of the single market.
The aim of the network is to provide free of charge help and advice to consumers on their cross-border purchases, whether online or on the spot within these 30 countries.
The EC is a member organisation of ICPEN.
The AECSG promotes the development and use of electronic commerce by supporting the creation of legal, regulatory and policy environments in the APEC region that are predictable, transparent and consistent. The AECSG’s work is geared toward enabling economies across all levels of development to be able to utilise Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to drive economic growth and social development. It performs a coordinating role for APEC e-commerce activities, based on the principles set out in the 1998 APEC Blueprint for Action on Electronic Commerce.
The AECSG is not currently a member organisation of ICPEN.
FIAGC is a multilateral forum devoted to the analysis and discussion of the public policy of consumer protection, formed by the governmental agencies of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. The objective of FIAGC is to promote the cooperation among members, through the exchange of information and experiences in all those topics of common interest to perform with efficiency when developing and applying public policies for consumer protection.
The FIAGC is a member organisation of ICPEN.
The ACCCP promotes consumer protection in Southeast Asia. Among the initiative’s objective are:
- providing consumers with proper information and redress;
- stopping rogue traders and unfair commercial practices;
- ensuring that only safe products are placed in the market.
The goal of consumer protection against substandard products and unethical and unfair trading is achieved by networking and information-sharing by representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. These participants seek to create a cross-border redress system to advise and assist with the resolution of consumer claims, and a rapid alert system on hazardous consumer products to inform member states of banned, restricted, or recalled goods
The ACCCP is not currently a member organisation of ICPEN.
UCENet formerly known as the London Action Plan (LAP) is an informal network of government and non-government organisations collaborating on global unsolicited communications enforcement.
UCENet is not currently a member organisation of ICPEN.
GPEN was formed in June 2007, when OECD governments adopted a Recommendation on Cross-border Cooperation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy. The Recommendation called for member countries to foster the establishment of an informal network of Privacy Enforcement Authorities. It further specified a number of tasks for the network:
- Discuss the practical aspects of privacy law enforcement co-operation;
- Share best practices in addressing cross-border challenges;
- Work to develop shared enforcement priorities; and
- Support joint enforcement initiatives and awareness campaigns.
In the summer of 2008, privacy authorities began to exchange experiences and discuss the practical aspects of enforcement cooperation via a Web utility.
GPEN is a member organisation of ICPEN.
Consumers International is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation. Consumers International works with its members and partners globally, to empower and champion the rights of consumers, and ensure they are treated safely, fairly and honestly.
Founded in 1960, Consumers International advocates for a fair, safe and sustainable future for all consumers in a global marketplace increasingly dominated by international corporations. With over 200 member organisations in 100 countries, Consumers International is building a powerful international movement to help protect and empower consumers everywhere.
Consumers International is not currently a member organisation of ICPEN.