International Advocacy

FIAN was granted consultative status to the United Nations in 1989. This has enabled the organization to influence the human rights protection system in favor of marginalized groups.



FIAN has an active presence at various United Nations institutions in Rome and Geneva, as well as within regional Human Rights mechanisms.  At the Rome based UN Organizations on Food and Agriculture, FIAN is involved in the work of the     Civil Society Mechanism to the reformed Committee on World Food Security, including the elaboration of the     Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition, and to the     Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.

At the UN Human Rights System in Geneva, the FIAN International secretariat office in Geneva promotes the application of the Maastricht Principles on extraterritorial human rights obligations, a fundamental tool to make international policies compliant with human rights and to regulate transnational business activities accordingly. 

It continues to participate in the     global campaign for the ratification of the ICESCR Optional Protocol, and maintain its support towards the elaboration of a Convention of Peasants┬┤ Rights in the Human Rights Council. In all these achievements and processes, FIAN works closely with social movements and other non-government organizations (NGOs), and in doing so has expanded spaces for civil society at different levels. 

Monitoring and Accountability

Close monitoring of (inter-) governmental policies is essential to hold governments and the international community accountable.

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Global Governance

Who decides about food and nutrition? The right to decide and to control which food to have is inherent to the human right to adequate food.     Read more.

Extraterritorial Obligations

Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) have gained importance - in the fields of development assistance, trade and investment, and the regulation of transnational corporations.

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The right to food is justiciable, when victims not only claim their rights politically, but also have the opportunity to go before a court....      Read more.