The The Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy, at its sixth session, held from 18 and 19 July 2022 reaffirmed the fundamental role that consumer protection law and policy plays in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by ensuring access by consumers to essential goods and services, empowering consumers and protecting them from fraudulent and deceptive commercial practices and boosting consumer education to ensure more informed choices.
The IGE also welcomed the initiatives carried out by individual member States, UNCTAD and other organizations and networks in building capacity and strengthening institutions in the area of consumer protection; and calls upon all interested parties to work together and identify and strengthen synergies.
It requested the UNCTAD secretariat to convene a working group on consumer protection and gender, to highlight best practices and to facilitate information exchanges and consultations, led and integrated by member States on a voluntary basis, without financial implications for the regular budget of the United Nations, and to report to the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy.
The Working Group will meet regularly and informally through teleconferences. It is open to: Government representatives, with relevant expertise; interested international organizations and networks; and relevant stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and academia.