CI50 highlights

This section highlights how our members celebrated 50 years of Consumers International and the worldwide consumer movement in all its diversity.

Transatlantic celebrations mark CI 50 in Washington DC

JoostRhodaJimDate: 27 April

Organised by: Consumers Union and TACD

Nearly 20 US and 15 EU consumer and public interest groups attended the CI50 event at the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) annual meeting. EU and US government officials were also present, including Julie Brill, the recently appointed Commissioner at the US Federal Trade Commission.

James Guest, President of Consumers Union and Vice President of Consumers International took the occasion to congratulate CI on its 50th anniversary and say a few words about the important work that it continues to do to ensure a truly cohesive consumer voice at the international level. He pointed in particular to the key objective of assuring basic needs for the world's consumers and working to raise global standards of consumer protection.

Joost Martens , CI's Director General highlighted some of the organisation's key achievements over the years including its work on the UN consumer guidelines and the establishment of World Consumer Rights Day. He also pointed to the important work that lies ahead, including core campaigns on improving access to knowledge, ensuring healthier food for children and the restriction of the marketing of junk food to children, climate change and energy and sustainable consumption more broadly.

CI regional meeting in Malaysia celebrates in style

cakecuttingDate: 20 April

Organised by: CI's Kuala Lumpur Office

The meeting was attended by Samuel Ochieng - CI President and many CI Council Members, including Beatriz Buitrago from Consumidores Argentina, Connie Lau from Hong Kong Consumer Council, Kim Jai Ok from Consumers Korea and Marimuthu Nadason from FOMCA.

To commemorate this momentous event, former CI President, Prof Dr Anwar Fazal launched his book "Consumer Power". CI KL organised an exhibit capturing CI's work in the region, and share the symbolical CI's official toast and cake cutting ceremony; with CI President Samuel Ochieng and several Council Members.

CI 50 celebrations in Fiji

cakeDate: 31st March - 1 April 2010

Organised by: Consumer Council of Fiji (CCOF) and Commerce Commission

CCOF proudly celebrated CI's 50th anniversary in the presence of Dato Indrani Thuraisingham, Head of Cl-KL Office for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Also present were Datuk Marimuthu Nadason, President of FOMCA and President of the Malaysian Association of Standard Users, including the Head of Delegation of European Union based in Fiji invited as the chief guest.

A small event was organised within the Symposium on Consumerism whereby Dato Indrani gave a presentation on CI's struggles and achievements in the past 50 years, followed by a cake cutting ceremony and hand-over of CI's booklet to the chief guest and other participants. EU's Head, H.E. Mr Wiepke Van Der Goot delivered a compelling speech honouring the consumer movement in Fiji and indeed the global initiative driven by CI to enhance and strengthen consumer rights across the world.

Association of Consumers of Armenia (ANAC) celebrates CI50 with the 'Behind Canteen Doors' project

A group of specialists (hygienists, designers and architects) visited different school canteens to check the building codes, sanitary-hygienic conditions, and menus with the purpose to find the best school canteen. After the discussion of the received results the best school canteen was chosen and a special certificate was awarded by ANAC. A special seminar on consumer rights was organized for the schoolchildren and balloons with the ANAC logo and text displaying '15th March is the World Consumer Rights Day' and 'CI50' were distributed.

Melita Hakobyan, President of the National Association of Consumers, together with several other members of the organization participated in several  TV and radio programmes and debates to discuss current consumer issues in Armenia as well as to celebrate CI50.


Hong Kong Consumer Council revamps its website to commemorate the 50th anniversary of CI

Have a look!  Chinese version. English version.


Read about CI50 from Sveriges Consumeters

CI50 celebrations on their website at and in the newsletter they send to their members (in Swedish).


CECU issues press release on CI50

Read CECU press release here and have a look at their April newsletter with a feature on CI50. CECU press release. CECU numero 17 abr10


CI50 featured in Serbia

The Association of Serbian Consumers (APOS) highlight CI 50th Anniversary in the March issue of its monthly consumer magazine.

Read the full article (in Serbian pdf)


CI50 in Vietnam - Raising the Efficiency of Consumer Protection Activities and Pushing Forward Organisation Development

VINASTAS speaker

Date: 17/3/2010
Organised by: Vietnam Standard and Consumers Association (VINASTAS)
Venue and address: Ngan Ha Hotel, Ha Tinh City, Vietnam

VINASTAS highlighted CI's history, how consumer rights were formulated, the main milestones of CI, CI policy and activities and World Consumer Rights Day 2010. Contributions and comments by VINASTAS and its member associations to the draft Law on Consumer Protection will soon be submitted to the Vietnam National Congress (Parliament) for examination and approval.

Read more about the event :


CI50 member packs

11-12 February CI50 pack sent out to members.

CI50 member pack boxesCI50 member pack booklet and CD

With their annual member pack, CI Members received a CI50 resource pack which included a soft copy of the CI50 booklet, CI50 stickers, a CI50 CD with logos, a model press statement, and a CI50 power point to help organise CI50 events. We will be featuring member events here, so keep an eye on this space!


ConSuAcción Network celebrates in El Salvador

CI ConSuAccion Juan LaptopOrganisers: CI Santiago CDC (El Salvador)Date: Thursday, 14 January, 2010
Place: Auditorium of the Center for Consumer Defence of El Salvador
Audience: 60 people

Organisations and Institutions involved

  • Members of Consumidores en Acción de Centroamérica y El Caribe Network (ConSuAcción)
  • Center for Consumer Defence (CDC) and Enlaces Network (El Salvador)
  • LIDECONIC and Consumer National Network (Nicaragua)
  • AMBIO (Costa Rica)
  • CODECOH (Honduras)
  • LIDECON (Guatemala)
  • IPADECU and UNCUREPA (Panama)
  • FUNDECOM (Dominican Republic).

Government Agencies

  • Defensor for Consumer Protection , Ministry of Environment, Women's Institute.
  • Cooperation Agencies: Engineers Without Borders, OXFAM, Diakonia
  • Academic sector: Professors and Researchers from the Central American University (UCA).


  • Two TV channels and 3 radio stations.

CI ConSuAccion standingBrief account of the activities

The celebration, held within the framework of the annual meeting of ConSuAcción Network, was presented as a conversation among participants.

It began with a presentation made by Juan Trimboli on the achievements and challenges of Consumers International at the global and regional level.

CI ConSuAccion circle

Then 15 people gave their opinions about the role of CI and expressed their expectations of the development of the consumer movement in Central America.

During the celebration, the Center for Consumer Defence and ConSuAcción Network presented to Juan Trimboli 50th Anniversary commemorative plates.

The celebration culminated with a cocktail that CI and CDC offered to all participants.
CI-Santiago gave CD to all the paticipants, which included:

  • CI50 Brochure published by CI London office
  • Documents on World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD)
  • Powerpoint called CI and Climate Change made by Bjarne Pederson and presented to CI-Santiago staff.  CI Policy on Climate Change and Energy Charter


Consumer NZ's Consumer magazine turns 50

It's not just Consumers International that is celebrating 50 years as a consumer watchdog. This month Consumer magazine is also looking back over the first 50 years of fighting for consumers in New Zealand.

Achievements: In their December 2009/January 2010 issue, Consumer highlights its work and shows how New Zealand would have been a poorer place without it. The central pillars of the country's consumer law are the Consumer Guarantees Act and the Fair Trading Act - both of which were campaigned for and developed by Consumer.


CI-50-logo---goldCI is 50
Consumers International marks 50 years of the global consumer movement in 2010.
Celebrate with us as we continue to support, promote and protect consumer rights around the world.

comments powered by Disqus
We support & represent
over 250 organisations all around the world
GoView more options