The list below specifies the international organisations to which CI has had accreditation/representation.

Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) including CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

CI is accredited to Codex and FAO via our general consultative status to the UN and can make interventions/lobby at meetings/negotiations.


The Financial Stability Board (FSB)

The FSB coordinates at the international level the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies to develop and promote the implementation of effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies. It brings together national authorities responsible for financial stability in significant international financial centres, international financial institutions, sector-specific international groupings of regulators and supervisors, and committees of central bank experts.

The FSB has only recently come onto CI's radar as a result of the financial services campaign. It does not have an accreditation system, however CI will be seeking significant involvement in the process requested by the G20 and led by the FSB on 'enhancing consumer protection.'



The G20 is comprised of twenty economies (19 countries pus the EU) that together comprise 85% of the world's GDP, 80% of world trade and two thirds of the world's population. Initially a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors, following the financial crisis the G20 heads of government started meeting in 2008. It has now replaced the G8 as the main economic council of wealthy nations. It does not have a secretariat.

CI engaged with the G20 for the first time in 2010 as a result of the financial services campaign. It does not have an accreditation system.


International Standards Organization (ISO)

CI has liaison status and can propose New Work Items (via COPOLCO) and are part of the negotiations when specific standards are being negotiated.


Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

CI is a non-voting member of the OECD Consumer Policy Committee and has special recognition/consultative status to the OECD in general. Direct interventions along with national states, but access can be limited depending on the sensitivity of a given committee.


United Nations (UN)

CI has had 'general consultative status' to the UN since 1977 - the highest level of access for civil society. It gives access across UN bodies and issues (as opposed to issue consultative status)

CI has access to UN HQ (New York) negotiations but interventions can only be made via 'major groups'.  CI isa  major group coordinator to the UN CSD and can make interventions at UN CSD Council negotiations.

Below is a select number of UN bodies that deals with consumer issues:


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

UN body dealing with the UN guidelines for Consumer Protection. Access via CI UN 'General Consultative Status'


United Nations Environment Programme

UN body dealing with Sustainable Consumption. Access via CI UN 'General Consultative Status'


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UN body dealing with Education. Access via CI UN 'General Consultative Status


United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

UN body dealing with development and Consumer Protection Legislation. Access via CI UN 'General Consultative Status'.


The UN Marrakesh Process

Intergovernmental UN process dealing with sustainable consumption. Negotiations to conclude in May 2011. CI staff appointed to the UN board of the process and as such direct drafting input to the government. CI represents the global NGO community to the process


UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD)

Intergovernmental UN conference/board managing a range of UN issues including World Summits. Access via CI UN 'General Consultative Status'.


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UN body dealing with Climate Change. Access via CI UN 'General Consultative Status'.


Trans Atlantic Economic Council (TEC)

The Transatlantic Economic Council, or commonly called TEC, is a body set up between the United States and European Union to direct economic co-operation between the two economies.

It was established by an agreement signed on 30 April 2007 at the White House by US President George W. Bush, EU Council President Angela Merkel (also German Chancellor) and EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

CI's TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is on the TEC advisory board and as such has direct access to the deliberations in the TEC process as well as to the co-chairs.


World Bank Group (WBG)

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

It is not a bank in the common sense but made up of two unique development institutions owned by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

CI does not have accreditation per se (there is no accreditation system to the World Bank) but has very good relations with the part of the bank dealing with consumer protection. Access depends on relations and CI is seen as a legitimate international NGO (as opposed to national NGO with vested national interests)


World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organisation incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation.

Known for its influential 'Davos' meetings. Increasingly setting the global agenda on select issues. Access 'per invitation only' but CI has standing invitation. CI staff appointed to WEF global agenda council/board for consumer industries.


UN World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Influential UN body dealing with a range of CI key issues and food safety and health. Access and interventions via CI UN 'General Consultative Status' Note: WHO has initiated a new accreditation system where an requirement for relations is a 'joint work progamme' between the NGO and the WHO.


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.


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