World Congress 2015 Highlights
The 20th Consumers International (CI) World Congress took place in Brasilia, Brazil from 18-21 November 2015 under the theme 'Unlocking Consumer Power: A new vision for the global marketplace'.
In a World Congress first, the event was opened by Her Excellency, Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil who warmly greeted over 700 delegates from all over the world. She was joined by CI Director General Amanda Long, Brazil’s Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo; Juliana Pereira da Silva the National Secretary of Consumers for the Ministry of Justice in Brazil and Guillermo Valles, Director of the Division for International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD who delivered a message from UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon.
Amanda Long's opening speech called on the CI membership to work together to be more impactful in our fast changing world:
"If CI and its Members can collaborate more effectively; if we can better coordinate our campaigning activities; if we can be a federation in deed as well as in name, then we too will be multinational in our reach and see our influence and impact multiply."
Read Amanda's opening speech in full.
The event was packed full of exciting and interesting panel sessions and interactive discussions across a range of important consumer issues, all featuring experts from across the consumer movement, wider civil society organisations, government and the private sector and live Q&As from the audience. Delegates, including the CI membership shared ideas and discussed new ways to operate going forward, inspiring each other to work together for greater global impact. Members from across the world also shared their amazing campaign success stories.
World Congress was also an opportunity to launch partnerships, campaigns and continue advocacy work with Members. There were important meetings held on car safety; a new partnership between CI and the World Wide Web Foundation to launch a People’s Charter for the Internet in the near future; and a new global campaign announced to get #AntibioticsOfftheMenu, cutting antibiotics from the global meat supply.
On the final day CI Presidential and Council elections also took place, alongside a standing ovation for outgoing Council members and former CI President Jim Guest.
Visit our Google docs site for all your Congress resources including speaker presentations, speeches and photos from the event: http://consint.info/CICongressResources
A full list of CI Members present at this year's World Congress can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
CI Director General Amanda Long delivers her opening keynote speech on the first day of World Congress 2015 with former CI President Jim Guest, Brazil’s Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo; Juliana Pereira da Silva the National Secretary of Consumers for the Ministry of Justice in Brazil and Guillermo Valles, Director of the Division for International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities from UNCTAD.
World Congress moderator Nisha Pillai takes questions from the floor during the live Q&As.
Latin American delegates at CI World Congress celebrating the event coming to the region.
CI Members from the Asia Pacific region gather together at the Gala Dinner.
The African delegation during the #CICongress General Assembly. Great to see such a huge turnout!
Newly elected CI President Bart Combée.
Outgoing CI President Jim Guest receives a standing ovation farewell from the audience on the last day of CI World Congress.
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