Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy, fifth session

05 - 06 juillet 2021
Room XVIII, Palais des Nations
Geneva and Online
, Switzerland
COVID-19 Advisory
The extent of physical and/or virtual participation will depend on the prevailing conditions at the time.

In line with the agreed conclusions adopted by the Eighth United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (TD/RBP/CONF.9/9), held on 19–23 October 2020, the deliberations at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts will focus on the following topics:

  1. Report on the implementation of the United Nations guidelines for consumer protection by member States and relevant stakeholders;
  2. Latest developments in legal and institutional frameworks: UNCTAD world consumer protection map;
  3. Report of the working groups on consumer product safety: modalities for the prevention of cross-border distribution of unsafe consumer products and on consumer protection in electronic commerce;
  4. Report of the working group on modalities of UNCTAD voluntary peer reviews of competition and consumer protection law and policy;
  5. Consumer protection needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers in connection with public utilities;
  6. Consumer law, policy and regulatory actions in response to and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  7. Voluntary peer review on consumer protection law and policy: Chile;
  8. Review of capacity-building on and technical assistance in consumer protection law and policy;
  9. Provisional agenda for the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy;
  10. Adoption of the report of the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy

Written contributions

In order to facilitate the deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and best practices on the topics to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat by Friday, 4 June 2021, to allow participants to prepare themselves for the meeting.


This meeting is open to all member States of UNCTAD. Other organizations, including specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in the general category may participate as observers.



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Competition and consumer protection



Communications concerning representation:
UNCTAD secretariat
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Palais des Nations
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Substantive and other inquiries:

Competition Law and Policy and Consumer Protection Branch
T.: + 41 22 917 18 78