FI regional programmes in Africa, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific seek to mobilise partners working at the local and national levels to leverage the UN system to influence national policies for concrete change. For this, we structure our country-specific advocacy work mainly around UN Human Rights monitoring bodies and mechanisms, such as the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, Treaty Bodies, and Special Procedures.
FI’s Regional Programmes prioritise engagement of key networks of Franciscans and other civil society partners working on human rights issues at the grassroots, national, and regional levels. This ensures ongoing monitoring and the follow-up of our international interventions at local and national levels. Working together with these networks and communities also allows us to ensure sustainable and meaningful impact of our engagement at the local level.
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