Consumer Law and Sustainability: The Work of the United Nations

  • Ana Cândida Muniz Cipriano


The topic of sustainable consumption was discussed during the second reform of the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection in the 1980s. This reform and the inclusion of the theme of ecology and sustainable development in the UN Guidelines were probably a consequence of the discussions in the 1970s about the importance of protecting the environment and the future of the planet (Conference of Stockholm). Today, the technological developments have so expanded the scope of consumer choice that even the means to contract services and buy products has changed dramatically. Beyond contractual issues, consumers nowadays face other complex challenges: consuming sustainably, addressing the different types of waste, waste production and environmental impact. In view of the need to consider and practice sustainable consumption in our lives, what future actions in the field of consumer protection and sustainability through the work of the United Nations can we expect?


Sustainability Consumer protection Consumer Law United Nations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Cândida Muniz Cipriano
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  1. 1.UNCTAD, United Nations Conference for Trade and DevelopmentGenevaSwitzerland

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