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Profile: Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth International (FoEI)
founded in 1971


FoEI has 76 national member organisations, more than 5000 local member groups and 15 affiliate organisations in about 70 countries. Furthermore there are 2 million private members and supporters. The German member group is BUND.


FoEI’s objectives are the conservation and sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. FoEI aims to promote sustainable development at local, regional, national and international level, to step up democratic decision-making processes and to advance the causes of social, economic, gender and environmental justice.


FoEI is decentralised and is made up of autonomous organisations. Every two years there is a week-long general meeting where the policies and activities are decided and in which all members have an equal say. The Biannual General Meeting (BGM) elects an Executive Committee (ExCom), which meets four times per year. The ExCom is made up of a Chairperson, directly elected by the BGM; a representative of the organisation hosting the next BGM; and representatives of up to seven member groups. The ExCom oversees the work of a small International Secretariat in Amsterdam.

FoEI is a member of Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Moreover, FoEI has a consultative status in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and all relevant UN bodies. 

FoEI is financed by membership fees as well as by promotional grants from governments and foundations.


Friends of the Earth International
Post Box 19199
1000 GD Amsterdam
Tel: +31-20-6221369
Fax: +31-20-6392181

Last Change: 20/01/2011