Our activities for World Consumer Rights Day 2015 focused on our call on the World Health Organization (WHO) for an International Convention to Protect and Promote Healthy Diets – using a similar mechanism to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, which undoubtedly helped reduce smoking deaths and disease.
At the World Health Assembly in May 2014, we launched our call for a Global Convention on healthy diet and published a set of recommendations (eng) for member states to consider. In November 2014 we co-authored an open letter (eng) to the heads of WHO and Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) calling for a Global Convention.
To mark the day, our members around the world staged campaign actions to draw attention to the difficulties faced by consumers in choosing healthy diets.
Our campaign message achieved Consumer International’s highest ever reach on social media. The message, “I want a world where consumers have the right to healthy food #WHO must take action #FoodTreatyNow” reached more than 2.8 million social media users.
National activities to mark the day were held by 110 Consumers International members in 84 countries. All of these, along with news reports, health indicator data and policy information, are displayed in full on an interactive World Consumer Rights Day map above. Below is a snapshot of some the day's events from across the globe.