our strategic plan
In 2005, at our Biannual General Meeting in Malaysia, we adopted a bold and radical vision and mission. The following year in Nigeria we forged an ambitious strategic plan that will guide us over the coming ten years. In 2007, we started the implementation at our General Meeting in Swaziland. In 2008, we made great progress in putting our plan into action, learning from what we’ve achieved so far, and thinking about the further evolution of our federation.
Within our strategic plan, we focus all of our core activities in four strategic areas: mobilization, resistance, transformation, and the building of a strong Friends of the Earth International. With the first the next steps, “mobilize”, groups united behind the ambition to continue the gradual shift of the network towards a truly grassroots environmental movement. The second strategic theme, “resist”, implies that we ground all of our work in local realities and actively support communities in their struggles, while at the same time using our international reach and power to challenge the global economic system. The third theme, “transform”, refers to the key priority of promoting old and new ideas that contribute to more sustainable ways of production and consumption. And the fourth theme, “strengthen Friends of the Earth International”, describes our commitment to helping to build the capacity of member groups to work effectively at the national, regional and international levels.
In this section you can read about our Bi-annual General Meeting, where members and campaigners gathered to guide the implementation of the strategic plan. We spent a lot of time discussing the meaning and strategic implications of various aspects of our strategic plan, including ‘grassroots mobilizing’, ‘strong member groups’, ‘acting internationally’, ‘gender mainstreaming’, and ‘alliance building’, which you can read about in the next steps section.