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International Organizations
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United Nations, Specialized Agencies and related bodies


World Bank and related bodies
Other international organizations and bodies
Nordic institutions
Other regional organizations and bodies
Related organizations

I. United Nations, specialized agencies and related bodies

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

United Nations

UN

New York

1946

Food and Agriculture Organization

FAO

Rome

1945

International Atomic Energy Authority

IAEA

Vienna

1957

International Civil Aviation Organization

ICAO

Montreal

1944

ILO

Geneva

1945

IMO
(f. IMCO)

London

1960

International Seabed Authority

ISA

Kingston

1994

International Telecommunications Union

ITU

Geneva

1949

ITLOS

Hamburg

1996

UNESCO

Paris

1964

Universal Postal Union

UPU

Berne

1874

World Health Organization

WHO

Geneva

1948

World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO

Geneva

1986

International Labour Organization


International Maritime Organization

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization

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World Meteorological Organization
World Trade Organization

United Nations Programs etc.

WMO

Geneva

1950

WTO
(f. GATT)

Geneva

1968
(Associate
1964)

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

ICTR

Arusha

---

International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia

ICTY

Haag

---

International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD

Rome

---

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate


Change

UNFCCC

Bonn

---

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC
(f. UNDCP)

Vienna

---

United Nations Office for the Coordination of


Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA

New York/
Geneva

---

United Nations Secretariat of the Convention to


Combat Desertification

UNCCD

Geneva

---

United Nations University

UNU

Tokyo

---

United Nations University Fisheries Training


Programme

UNUFTP

Reykjavk

---

United Nations University Geothermal Training


Programme

UNUGTP

Reykjavk

---

United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

UNVFVT

Geneva

---

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF

New York

---

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United Nations Development Fund for Women

UNIFEM in Iceland

UNIFEM

New York

---

---

---

---

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP

New York

---

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP

Nairobi

---

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR

Geneva

---

UNHCR - Kosovo

---

---

---

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA

New York

---

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for


Palestinial Refugees

UNRWA

Gaza/
Amman

---

World Food Programme

WFP

Geneva

---

II. World Bank and related bodies

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

IBRD

Washington

1945

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment


Disputes

ICSID

Washington

1966

International Development Association

IDA

Washington

1961

International Finance Corporation

IFC

Washington

1956

International Monetary Fund

IMF

Washington

1945

MIGA

Washington

1998

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency


III. Other international organizations and bodies

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
(Preparatory Commission)

CTBTO

Vienna

(2000)

ICES

Copenhagen

1938

INTERPOL

Lyon

1971

International Exhibitions Bureau (Bureau International


d'Expositions)

BIE

Paris

1999

International Hydrographic Organization

IHO

Monte Carlo

1970

INMARSAT

London

1991

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea


International Criminal Police Organization

International Maritime Satellite Organization


International Telecommunications Satellite Organization

International Customs Tariffs Bureau

ITSO
Washington
(f. INTELSAT)

1975

BITD

Brussels

1891

OPCW

Haag

1997

Permanent Court of Arbitration

PCA

Haag

1955

World Customs Organization

WCO

Brussels

1950

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

IV. Nordic institutions

Nordic Council

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

NR

Copenhagen

1952

NMR

Copenhagen

1952

Nordic Cultural Fund

NK

Copenhagen

1976

Nordic Development Fund

NDF

Helsinki

1989

NEFCO

Helsinki

1990

NI

Oslo

1973

Nordic Council of Ministers

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation


Nordic Industrial Fund
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Nordic Investment Bank
Nordic Project Export Fund
West-Nordic Council
V. Other regional organizations and bodies

Arctic Council

NIB

Helsinki

1976

NOPEF

Helsinki

1982

VNR

Reykjavk

1985

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

AC

(Changeable)

1996

Program for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and


Fauna

CAFF

Akureyri

1996

Working Group on Protection of the Arctic Marine


Environment

PAME

Akureyri

1999

Barents Euro-Arctic Council

BEAC

(Changeable)

1991

Council of Europe

COE

Strassbourg

1950

European Centre for Modern Languages

ECML

Graz

1998

European Foundation for Heritage Skills

FEMP

Strassbourg

---

European Audiovisual Observatory

EAO

Strassbourg

1992

European Support Fund for the co-production of


cinematographic works

EURIMAGES

Strassbourg

---

Council of the Baltic Sea States

CBSS

Stockholm

1995

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

EBRD

London

1991

European Free Trade Association

EFTA

Geneva

1970

---

Luxembourg

1994

EFTA Court

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EFTA Development Fund

EFTA-DF

Brussels

1994

EFTA Industrial Development Fund for Portugal

EFTA-IFP

Genva

1977

EFTA Surveillance Authority

ESA

Brussels

1994

European Telecommunications Satellite Organization

EUTELSAT

Paris

1987

North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

NAMMCO

Trondheim

1992

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization

NASCO

Edinborough

1983

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO

Brussels

1949

NATO PA

---

---

North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission

NEAFC

London

1982

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

NAFO

Darmouth

1979

OECD
(f. OEEC)

Paris

1961

OSCE

Vienna

1972

OSCE PA

---

---

WEU

Brussels

1993
(Associate)

NATO Parliamentary Assembly (f. North Atlantic


Assembly)

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Western European Union

Related organizations

Abbreviation Headquarters
(f.=formerly)

Member
since

Audiovisual Eureka

AE

Brussels

1995

Australia Group

AG

(Changeable)

1993

Bank for International Settlements

BIS

Basel

---

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Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species

CITES

Geneva

2000

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of


the North-East Atlantic

OSPAR

London

1998

CENELEC

Brussels

1988

European Committee for Standardization

CEN

Brussels

1988

European Molecular Biology Organisation

EMBO

Heidelberg

---

European Union

EU

Brussels

Not a
member

International Astronomical Union

IAU

Paris

1988

International Commission on Missing Persons

ICMP

---

---

International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC

Geneva

---

International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC

Geneva

1998
(Associate)

International Parliamentarians Union

IPU

Geneva

1951

International Standards Organization

ISO

Geneva

1992

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

IUGG

Toulouse

1967

International Union of Geological Sciences

IUGS

Trondheim

1962

Missile Technology Control Regime

MTCR

(Changeable)

1993

SCOSTEP
(f. IUCSTP)

(Changeable)

1978
(1969)

IUCN
(f. IUPN)

Gland

1973

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

World Conservation Union

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World Energy Council

WEC

London

1949

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