About Franciscans International

Franciscans International (FI) is a non-profit, international non-governmental human rights organisation established in 1989. Its staff consists of professionals of diverse backgrounds working to translate grassroots voices in human rights advocacy action at the United Nations level. Franciscans International seeks to promote and protect human rights and environmental justice. 


A global community in which the dignity of every person is respected, resources are shared equitably, the environment is sustained, and nations and peoples live in peace.


We are a Franciscan voice at the United Nations protecting the vulnerable, the forgotten, and the wounded earth through advocacy.


Since its establishment in 1989, Franciscans International uses advocacy as a tool to combat and curb human rights abuses. FI works to reclaim the central role of human rights in the formulation and framing of international and national public policies. We believe human rights standards must be at the heart of all political processes, in particular of those related to international development, the environment and security.

FI’s advocacy work consists of three main objectives:

•          Influencing policy-makers to bring about concrete change

•          Denouncing human rights abuses and raising awareness about them

•          Mobilising partners to participate in decisions that affect them

We divide our work between Thematic Priorities and Regional Programmes.

See our 2017-2020 Advocacy Strategy in English, Italian, Spanish, French and German.


From our offices in Geneva and New York, Franciscans International works with grassroots movements, national and international civil society organisations to advocate for structural changes addressing the root causes of injustice. We rely on the expertise and first-hand information gathered from a large network of partners working with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups worldwide, to ensure that their voices are heard at international level.  

Franciscans International has a general consultative status at the UN, and therefore harnesses the UN system to achieve change at international, national and local levels. 

Photo Credit: © UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré