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UNCTAD Opens the G20 Consumer Summit Speaking at the High-Level Panel on Vulnerability in a Digital World
15 - 16 May 2018
Ministry of Production
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Key Issues

​Under the Argentinian Presidency of the G20, the National Directorate for Consumer Protection will host the second G20 Consumer Summit in Buenos Aires on 15 and 16 May 2018.

The G20 Consumer Summit will gather high level government officials from G20 member countries and international organizations including UNCTAD, the OECD, and OAS, as well as other relevant stakeholders such as consumer groups, businesses and academia.

High level session 1 on vulnerability in a digital world will consider the question of vulnerability in the digital age and what can be done to protect and empower consumers. Digital technology has transformed consumers’ experiences, bringing advantages such as access to services, social connections, convenience and choice.
 
However, as with any new development it has also introduced new types of risks and amplified others, so it is important that consumer protection authorities, business and civil society can act to minimize negative impacts. This is important not just for individual consumers’ welfare but also for the future of the digital economy which is largely driven by consumers. For growth and participation to continue, trust needs to be earnt and maintained.
The session on product safety, alerts systems worldwide will answer the adagio: “know the risk: spread the news.” Alert systems are an important tool to help countries respond to product safety challenges in international markets. They have the potential to share information quickly between countries so that all actors are informed and can act appropriately. Join us in a debate with multilateral organizations, agencies and local governments from G20 countries to understand what can be done to make our alert systems more effective.
 
The G20 Consumer Summit will issue a declaration for the consideration of the G20 Digital Ministers Meeting. It will also gather many Latin American authorities, which will discuss UNCTAD COMPAL’s remaining activities for 2018 on consumer protection.

Programme

Co-organized with:Argentina National Directorate for Consumer Protection
Sponsor / funding:Argentina, COMPAL Programme
Language(s):Spanish; English;
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