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. 

Press Release | 25-10-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Gender Global Governance

Treaty on TNCs and human rights:the next challenge is draft 1

Prospect of regulating corporations to prevent human rights abuses and violations draws nearer after vibrant discussions at the UN.

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Press Release | 15-10-2018
GNRtFN Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition

The food that feeds the world: An analysis in the digital era-

On the occasion of World Food Day, the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition launches “When Food Becomes Immaterial: Confronting the Digital Age”, exploring the impact of technologies on what and how we eat, as well as on how food is produced

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Policy Brief | 15-10-2018
Monitoring and Accountability

A critical look into the 2018 SOFIN

It is time for a human rights-based State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World.

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News | 15-10-2018
Monitoring and Accountability

Time for human rights-based SOFIN?

Ahead of this year’s negotiations at the Committee on World Food Security, FIAN International issues a critical assessment of the 2018 State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World (SOFIN).

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Report | 08-10-2018
Monitoring and Accountability

A people’s perspective on the most violated right in the world

A civil society-led report draws attention to the main challenges for the right to food and demonstrates that ‘business as usual’ simply does not work.

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Press Release | 28-09-2018
Global Governance Indigenous Peoples Peasants' Rights

Three quarters vote yes to peasants and rural workers’ rights at UN HRC

A wide majority of states have said yes to protecting the future of the rural world -and the planet- despite some potholes along the way.

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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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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.