Why it's important
More than thirty years ago, Consumers International started to mark 15 March as World Consumer Rights Day, and since then the date is celebrated throughout the world as a reminder for countries to observe and enforce consumer rights and needs.
We’re calling now for World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) to be formally recognised by the UN as an international day within the UN calendar. Doing so would be an important step towards meeting the challenge that President Kennedy set out more than 50 years ago.
Many consumers still face real challenges in their everyday lives, including a lack of access or unsafe goods and services, and unfair practices. Raising awareness of consumer rights amongst consumers, businesses and governments is an important step in helping to put consumer protection in place.
We believe that official UN recognition of World Consumer Rights Day can play a crucial part in this, helping to put consumer rights on the map of even more organisations, governments, companies and media outlets. It will help to raise awareness by engaging more people, in more activities, in more countries.