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hello friends around the world!

Who we are, what we do and why we do the things that we do: these are the questions we set out to answer in this, our 2009 annual report. Should I start by saying who I am? Thank you. I am Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, and it is my honor to welcome you to our 2009 annual report. We hope you will find it an inspiring and energizing read!

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Although the struggles of peoples and communities across the world remain many and varied, it is clear that more and more of us are now joining hands to make a real and lasting difference to the world we live in. Strong new links are being forged on the basis of a common agenda, founded on a shared desire for justice and sustainability. FoEI is committed to this collective effort, to resistance, mobilization and transformation. We work closely with allied social movements, such as La Via Campesina and the World March of Women.

In case you do not know us yet, we are a global grassroots environmental organization uniting 77 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups across all continents. The groups campaign together to improve the ability of peoples and communities around the world to secure sustainable livelihoods and to protect our environment for future generations. We work on the basis of solidarity, drawing our energies from our diverse backgrounds but pursuing a unified vision of the world we wish to live in.
Happily, this annual report shows the changes that people from so many different walks of life can bring about when they choose to walk together!

what will you find in this report?

You can read more about who we are, and our vision and mission.

Find out how our Strategic Action Plan is shaping up, how we are strengthening FoEI and decentralizing it, how we are working with movements, building our strategic alliances and transforming ourselves into a learning organization, that builds on past experiences and current skills and knowledge.

What did we achieve in 2009? The answer is that together with our allies, we achieved a great deal! With so many groups, in so many parts of the world, working on so many issues, the list is long. Those of you who are short of time can learn about the highlights of our international programs and campaigns. Those of you with longer to spare might investigate the program and campaign summary reports, to find the full extent of their achievements – how we helped to foster international solidarity for crucial local and national struggles for environmental justice, and how we campaigned internationally to shift the balance of power, economically and institutionally, towards the needs of peoples and the environment.

Find out about our communications achievements throughout the year using words, images, art, film, video and music. Learn more about Real World Radio, and enjoy the results of our annual photography competition. Read about FoEI in the media.

And read about the amazing diversity, creativity and power of our member groups in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Many of the activities of these groups on the ground have been supported by our Membership Support Fund.

Last but not least, you can see how our local, national and international work is supported by our generous funders and individual donors in our financial report.

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