Global Governance

Land grabbing protests - CFS 2010
At first glance, the question "who decides about food and nutrition?" seems to be a rhetorical one.  It would seem natural that the people themselves make decisions about their own nutrition. The right to decide and to control one’s own food is inherent to the human right to adequate food.  This decision is to be made by the rights-holders themselves.  However, in reality, hundreds of millions of people on this planet, especially those most affected by hunger and malnutrition, have lost the power to make these decisions, at least in part.

The power of decision making

The human rights approach, as outlined in the     Right to Food Guidelines,  "includes certain key principles: the need to enable individuals to realize the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs, the right to freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and impart information, including in relation to decision making about policies on realizing the right to adequate food."

As a result, based on the principles of universality, interdependency, indivisibility and the interrelation of all human rights, people are fully entitled to enjoy the rights to information and participation in decision making on food and nutrition issues, and to hold duty bearers accountable.

There is a growing international consensus on the need for governance reform.  Emphasis was placed on the reform of the     Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which was successfully adopted in October 2009.

FIAN's Work

FIAN, together with others within the     International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism, works towards a human rights based     Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition.

The     Right to Food and Nutrition Watch has published several articles on the questions of Global Governance.


Latest News

Statement | 30-01-2015
Monitoring and AccountabilityNutritionGlobal Governance

Concerns arise regarding the implementation of ICN2 outcomes

FIAN International joins with concern International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) member organizations in two statements with respect to the next steps for the implementation of the ICN2 outcomes    Read more

News | 19-12-2014
Global GovernanceExtraterritorial ObligationsMonitoring and AccountabilityTrade

World Bank to recognize central importance of human rights in its environmental and social policies

FIAN International welcomes the recent statement by 28 UN human rights experts on the retrogressive measures promoted inside the World Bank in the context of its safeguards review.    Read more

Statement | 21-11-2014
NutritionGlobal Governance

Civil Society and Social Movements present their final declaration at the ICN2

Public interest Civil Society Organizations and social movmemets will read today during the plenary of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) their final declaration    Read more

Statement | 18-10-2014
Land GrabbingGlobal GovernanceMonitoring and Accountability

World Bank to stop abusing the right to land

A collective statement by civil society and peoples' movements demands the World Bank to stop abusing the right to land and abide by the Tenure Guidelines    Read more

Statement | 16-10-2014
BrazilGlobal GovernanceIndigenous Peoples

No Compromise on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!

A collective statement demanded the protection of indigenous peoples' right of a Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).    Read more

Statement | 14-10-2014
Global GovernanceIncome and Social SecurityNutritionMonitoring and Accountability

CSOs urge policies coherent with the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition

A statement by the CSO Delegation to the Open-Ended Working Group of the International Conference On Nutrition 2 (ICN2) expresses disappointment of negotiations on nutrition    Read more

Press Release | 24-09-2014
NutritionGlobal Governance

Tackling the root causes of malnutrition, the needed step to secure the right to adequate food for all

Geneva, 24 September 2014 - Member States gathered in Geneva on 22 and 23 September for an Open-Ended Working Group organised by WHO and FAO with the aim of finding an agreement on the Political Declaration for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), which will be held in Rome from 19 to 21 November.    Read more

News | 12-09-2014
CambodiaExtraterritorial ObligationsGlobal GovernanceNatural Resources

Communities in Cambodia lack access to their natural resources

A latest publication by FIAN Germany for Hands Off the Land Alliance questions the impact of the sugar industry and the EU trade initiative in Cambodia    Read more

Report | 12-09-2014
CambodiaExtraterritorial ObligationsGlobal GovernanceMonitoring and Accountability

Case Dossier: Cambodia

Sugar cane plantations, human rights violations and EU’s “Everything But Arms” initiative    Read more

Statement | 31-07-2014
TradeExtraterritorial ObligationsGlobal Governance

World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

Statement by civil society requires major revisions to World Bank’s Draft Safeguards    Read more