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. 

News | 09-08-2018
Justiciability Peasants' Rights Paraguay

Paraguay: Freedom for the 11 peasants of Curuguaty

On July 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of Paraguay acquitted the eleven peasants accused in the so called Curuguaty Case, and ordered the release of the four peasants who remained in prison.

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Press Release | 11-07-2018
Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability

Burying human rights violations in big data

With the High Level Political Forum praising quantitative data as the pathway to achieving the SDGs, human rights violations could easily be silenced by numbers.

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News | 11-07-2018
Global Governance Nutrition

Exploring new policy pathways

The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes, the Spotlight Report 2018 says

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Press Release | 21-06-2018
Global Governance USA

USA pulls out from HRC while smashing human rights within borders

USA announcement takes place against a backdrop of violence against migrant families and a neglect of an increasingly food insecure population in its own country.

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News | 09-05-2018
Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability

Urban policy for food sovereignty

The third issue of the ‘Think Piece Series Food for Thought’ comes out exploring what booming cities and urban processes mean for the future of food systems.

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News | 10-04-2018
Global Governance Natural Resources

Policy dialogue spaces and multi-actor platforms

In collaboration with UN FAO, FIAN International launches a paper analyzing the potential and challenges of policy dialogue spaces, such as multi-actor platforms, to advance human rights-based governance of tenure.

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Press Release | 28-03-2018
Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability Natural Resources Peasants' Rights

Public policies for food sovereignty

The first issue of the ‘Think Piece Series Food for Thought’ comes out looking into the political significance of leveraging public policies in support of food sovereignty.

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Press Release | 08-03-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Gender Global Governance

Slamming corporate abuse of women’s rights

The chance to fill the regulatory gaps that would stop the abuse and impunity of corporations over women’s lives and bodies cannot be shut down.

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Press Release | 06-03-2018
Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition

An appetite for feminism

No root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition will ever be resolved if gender inequality persists.

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News | 02-03-2018
Monitoring and Accountability Natural Resources Honduras

Justice for Berta Cáceres, protection for the defense of human rights

Organizations across Europe demand justice, remembrance and the guarantee of non-repetition for Berta Cáceres, as well as for the defense of human rights in Honduras and throughout Latin America.

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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.