Important International organisations: Abbreviations & tasks
Abbreviation-International Organisation and task
UN is committed to maintaining international peace and security; developing friendly relations among nations; promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
UNHCR-United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
It protects refugees
UNCTAD-United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
This body deals with trade, investment and development issues.
UNDP-United Nations Development Programme
It works to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities through the sustainable development of nations, in more than 170 countries and territories.
UNEP-United Nations Environment Programme
Coordinates the organization's environmental activities and assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.
WFP-World Food Programme
Promotes food security
UNIDCP-United Nations International Drug Control Programme
Deals with illicit trafficking and drug abuse
ICJ--International Court of Justice
It settles legal disputes between member states and gives advisory opinions to authorized UN organs and specialized agencies.
CTBT-Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
Treaty banning all the nuclear explosions
UNICEF-United Nations Children's Education Fund
UNICEF works across 190 countries and territories to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents and to protect the rights of every child
UNFPA-United Nations Population Fund
Works towards a safer pregnancy and childbirth
UNU-United Nations University
UNU contributes, through research and education, to efforts to resolve pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare.
UNRISD-United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
Its main aim is developing the world, working in collaboration with national research teams from local universities and research institutes.
UNIDIR--United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Its main task is to inform States and the global community on questions of international security and to assist with disarmament efforts so as to facilitate progress toward greater security and economic and social development for all.
FAO-Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
The main aim is to defeat hunger internationally.
IDA-International Development Association
It is an international financial institution which offers concessional loans and grants to the world's poorest developing countries.
IFC-International Finance Corporation
The International Finance Corporation is an international financial institution that offers investment, advisory, and asset-management services to encourage private-sector development in developing countries.
IMF-International Monetary Fund
Aim is to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world
ITU-International Telecommunication Union
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies
UNESCO-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
UNESCO encourages international peace and universal respect for human rights by promoting collaboration among nations.
IBE-International Bureau of Education
It encourages a high standard of business and ethics
WHO-World Health Organisation
Promotes public health internationally
WIPO-World Intellectual Property Organisation
Its main aim is to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world
WMO-World Meteorological Organisation
WMO is dedicated to international cooperation and coordination on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources.
WTO-World Trade Organisation
Deals with global rules of trade
ICC-International Criminal Court
It has the authority internationally to prosecute criminals
It allows the free flow of goods and people, except for random spot checks for crime and drugs. The EU transmits state-of-the-art technologies to its members.
Responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.
EIB-European Investment Bank
EIB uses its financing operations to bring about European integration and social cohesion.
CoE-Council of Europe
It is Europe's highest humans rights council.
CIS-Commonwealth of Independent States
The CIS encourages cooperation over economic, political and military aspects and has certain powers possessing coordinating in trade, finance, lawmaking and security. It has also promoted cooperation on cross-border crime prevention.
ADB-Asian Development Bank
It is an international development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through loans
ASEAN-Association of South-East Asian Nations
It is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation among its ten members
UWTO-World Tourism Organization
-Responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.