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FoEI is highly decentralized: it is made up of autonomous organizations, many of which were established before joining the federation. Roughly half of the member organizations call themselves "Friends of the Earth" in their own languages; the others use different names. FoEI is democratic: every two years there is a week-long general meeting where the policies and activities of the federation are decided, and in which all members have an equal say.

The Bi-annual General Meeting (BGM) elects an Executive Committee (ExCom), which meets several times per year. This ExCom is made up of a Chairperson, directly elected by the BGM; a representative of the organization hosting the next BGM; and representatives of up to seven member groups.

The 2000 ExCom was composed of the following until September: Chair: Ricardo Navarro (El Salvador), Vice Chair: Theo Anderson (Ghana), Treasurer: Otto Sieber (Switzerland), FoE Australia, FoE Bangladesh (Chowdhury M.F.), FoE Ecuador, FoE Spain, and FoE United States (Andrea Durbin). After September, the Vice Chair became Tony Juniper (FoE England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and FoE Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines and Sweden replaced FoE Australia, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Spain and United States.

The ExCom employs and oversees the work of a small International Secretariat in Amsterdam. In 2000, the International Secretariat was composed of the following individuals: International Coordinator: Marijke Torfs; Communications Officer: Ann Doherty; International Campaigns Coordinator: Mae Ocampo; International Financial Institutions Programme: Johan Frijns and Janneke Bruil; Office Manager: Ineke Mos; Financial Manager: Wieke Wagenaar; Administrative Assistant: Annette Huiskamp. Volunteers: Ina Bremen (Netherlands), Debra Broughton (U.K.), Natasa Manojlovic (Serbia), Malin Månsson (Sweden), Lisa Speiser (Germany) and Michael Tozer (U.K.).

FoEI is a member of the Environment Liaison Centre International and of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). It has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and all relevant UN bodies.

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