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 , including the elaboration of the Civil Society Mechanism to the reformed Committee on World Food Security, and to the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition. 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 , 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. global campaign for the ratification of the ICESCR Optional Protocol