15 Mar, 2021

World Consumer Rights Day

Every March 15, the international community celebrates World Consumer Rights Day, or World Consumer Rights Day, which is held by a UN decision to coincide with the anniversary of the speech of US President John F Kennedy in Congress in 1962.

Then, in the president’s speech, four basic consumer rights were formulated:

– the right to safety,
– the right to information,
– the right to choose and
– the right to be heard.

Later, four more were added to them:

– the right to compensation for damage,
– the right to consumer education,
– the right to basic needs and
– the right to a healthy environment.

The Day was first celebrated on March 15, 1983, when it was enshrined in the international calendar of holidays as World Consumer Rights Day, and has been held annually since then. Moreover, the events of the Day each year are devoted to a specific topic, which is determined by the World Organization of Consumer Unions.

The World Organization of Consumer Unions (Consumer International, CI) is an independent non-profit organization that dates back to 1961 and unites more than 200 public and state organizations dealing with consumer protection issues from 72 countries. It protects the interests of consumers around the world, contributes to the development of the public consumer movement and the consumer protection system in general. Represents the interests of consumers in UNESCO, UN structures, in a number of other international organizations of economic and social orientation, and also assists its members in training specialists, providing information in the field of consumer protection.