Consumers International and its members have worked hard and consulted widely to produce a proposal for amendments to the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection. But what needs to be done to ensure that the proposal is reflected in the final revised text of the Guidelines? The Resource Manual to Support Revisions to the UN Guidelines For Consumer Protection provides answers to that question.
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Consumers International's African regional meeting on A2K was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 April. It was attended by sixteen African members and partners, including the President of CI, Samuel Ochieng, all of whom participated actively. The meeting succeeded in raising important issues for consumers that even the previous two regional meetings had not covered. These will be consolidated with ideas raised at the previous two regional meetings in CI's strategic plan on IP and A2K for the global consumer movement, to be presented at CI's Council meeting in June.
The first of Consumers International's regional meetings on Access to Knowledge, held this week in Kuala Lumpur, was a considerable success in establishing the programme of the global consumer movement for its work on intellectual property and A2K over the next few years. In addition, the meeting served a valuable regional capacity building function, with over forty participants attending, thirteen of them giving presentations on the issues for consumers in their country around Access to Knowledge, communications rights and access to the Internet.
|09:30:00||Welcome and introductions|
|10:00:00||Presentation on "Intellectual Property as a Consumer Issue" by Jeremy Malcolm|
|11:00:00||Presentation of country reports on IP and communications rights|
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The intellectual property system is often portrayed as a battleground in which the creators of content are pitted against lawless "counterfeiters" and "pirates". Multinational media companies have relied on this perception in order to push governments for stronger and yet stronger intellectual property (or IP) protection in both domestic and international law - a trend which shows no signs of abating.