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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The second of CI's regional meetings on A2K took place on 30 and 31 March in Santiago, Chile. The meeting was conducted in English and Spanish, through the use of simultaneous interpretation. Its participants included twenty representatives of CI members and like-minded NGOs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru, as well as a special guest from the UK.
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.
The project's governance structure incorporates three bodies: a Steering Committee, an Advisory Group of experts, and a Member Working Group, overseen and coordinated by the project secretariat:
The Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing the work of the project, including agreeing on an appropriate strategy and putting into place work plans to deliver the strategy and monitor the work of the working group and project secretariat.
|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|
Reports presented by:
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.