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International Organizations: Intergovernmental, Non-govermental and non-profit

An international organization (also known as an international institution or intergovernmental organization) is a stable set of norms and rules meant to govern the behavior of states in the international system. Organizations may be established by a treaty or be an instrument governed by international law and possessing its own legal personality, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and NATO. International organizations are composed of primarily member states, but may also include other entities, such as other international organizations. Additionally, entities (including states) may hold observer status.

An international organization can be categorized into two types: intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) which operate internationally. These include international nonprofit organizations such as the World Organization of the Scout Movement, International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as lobby groups that represent the interests of multinational corporations.

TOP Most Notable International Organizations


United Nations

UNICEF

WHO

UNESCO

G20

European Union

ASEAN

NATO

World Wildlife Fund

APEC

ICRC RedCross

Greenpeace

ISO

WTO

World Bank

African Union

UNAIDS

The following table below enlists the major International Organizations; both governmental and non-governmental organization. The list can be sorted out by abbreviation and category/type column.

OrganizationAbbreviationType/Category
Academy of European Law ERA Educational organization
ActionAidActionAidNon-governmental organization
Adventist Development and Relief AgencyADRANon-governmental organization
Africa Rice Center AfricaRice Agricultural research organization
African Development Bank ADB Financial, trade, and customs organization
African Union AU Regional organization: Africa
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States OACPS Regional organization: Africa-Caribbean
Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation AITIC Regional organization: Europe
Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentACTEDNon-governmental organization
Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels ACAP Environmental organization
Alliance for Financial Inclusion AFI Financial, trade, and customs organization
Alliance of Small Island States AOSIS Ideological and political grouping organization
Amnesty InternationalAINon-governmental organization: Human rights
Andean Community of Nations CAN Regional organization: Americas
Antarctic Treaty Secretariat ATS Maritime organization
Arab League AL Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Arab Maghreb Union AMU Regional organization: Africa
Arctic Council AC Regional organization: Arctic Ocean
Asia Cooperation Dialogue ACD Regional organization: Asia
Asia-Europe Foundation ASEF Regional organization: Eurasia
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC Regional organization: Asia Pacific
Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission APFIC Fisheries organization
Asian Development Bank ADB Regional organization: Asia
Financial, trade, and customs organization
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank AIIB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Asian Institute of Technology AIT Educational organization
Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization AALCO Regional organization: Afro-Asian
Assembly of European Regions AER Regional organization: Europe
Association of Caribbean States ACS Regional organization: Americas
Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN Regional organization: Asia
Association of World Election Bodies AWEB Ideological and political grouping organization
Australia Group AG Arms control organization
Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty ANZUS Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission HELCOM Regional organization: Europe
Bank for International Settlements BIS Financial, trade, and customs organization
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation BIMSTEC Regional organization: Asia
Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union BLEU Regional organization: Europe
Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg Benelux Regional organization: Europe
Big Four (Western Europe) G4 Regional organization: Europe
Bioversity International BI Agricultural research organization
Black Sea Trade and Development Bank BSTDB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas ALBA Regional organization: Americas
Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa BRICS Ideological and political grouping organization
British–Irish Council BIC Regional organization: Europe
Caribbean Community CARICOM Regional organization: Americas
Caribbean Development Bank CDB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Catholic Agency for Overseas DevelopmentCAFODNon-governmental organization
Center for International Forestry Research CIFOR Agricultural research organization
Central American Bank for Economic Integration CABEI Regional organization: Americas
Central American Integration System SICA Regional organization: Americas
Central American Parliament Parlacen Regional organization: Americas
Central Asian Cooperation Organization EAEC Regional organization: Eurasia
Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine CCNR Regional organization: Europe
Central European Initiative CEI Regional organization: Europe
Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe CERLALC Educational organization
Regional organization: Latin America
Collective Security Treaty Organization CSTO Military alliance
Colombo Plan CP Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources CCAMLR Fisheries organization
Committee on Space ResearchCOSPARNon-governmental organization: Space and technology
Commonwealth Human Rights InitiativeCHRINon-governmental organization: Human rights
Commonwealth of Independent States CIS Regional organization: Eurasia
Commonwealth of Learning COL Educational organization
Commonwealth of Nations CON Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations CDRN or CIS-2 Regional organization: Eurasia
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States CELAC Regional organization: Americas
Community of Portuguese Language Countries CPLP Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Compassion InternationalCINon-governmental organization: Children and youth
Conference on Disarmament CD Arms control organization
Conseil de l'Entente CE Regional organization: Africa
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief EverywhereCARENon-governmental organization
Council of Europe CoE Regional organization: Europe
Council of Europe Development Bank CEB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Council of the Baltic Sea States CBSS Regional organization: Europe
Danish Refugee CouncilDRCNon-governmental organization
Digital Nations (Digital 9) DN Digital organization
Doctors Without Borders
(Médecins Sans Frontières)
MSFNon-governmental organization: Health
East African Community EAC Regional organization: Africa
East Asia Summit EAS Regional organization: Asia
Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS Regional organization: Africa
Economic Cooperation Organization ECO Regional organization: Eurasia
Energy Charter Treaty ECT Energy organization
Energy Community EC Regional organization: Europe
Energy organization
EUCLID University EUCLID Educational organization
Eurasian Development Bank EDB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Eurasian Economic Union EEU or EAEU Regional organization: Eurasia
EUREKA E! or Σ! Regional organization: Europe
European Association of History EducatorsEAHENon-governmental organization: Education
European Atomic Energy Community EAEC or EurAtom Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD Financial, trade, and customs organization
European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts ECMWF Regional organization: Europe
European Cooperation in Science and Technology COST Regional organization: Europe
European Free Trade Association EFTA Regional organization: Europe
European Fusion Development Agreement EFDA JET Regional organization: Europe
European Intergovernmental Research Organisation forum EIROforum Regional organization: Europe
European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL Regional organization: Europe
European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites EUMETSAT Regional organization: Europe
European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation EUROCONTROL Regional organization: Europe
European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN Regional organization: Europe
European Patent Organisation EPO Regional organization: Europe
European Schools
(Schola Europaea)
SC or EURsc Educational organization
European Science Foundation ESF Regional organization: Europe
European Southern Observatory ESO Regional organization: Europe
European Space Agency ESA Regional organization: Europe
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF Regional organization: Europe
European Union EU Regional organization: Europe
European University Institute EUI Educational organization
European x-ray free electron laser European XFEL Regional organization: Europe
Eye Care FoundationECFNon-governmental organization: Health
Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges FEAS Financial, trade, and customs organization
Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial, trade, and customs organization
Food and Agriculture Organization FAO United Nation Agency
Friends of Peoples Close to NatureFPCNNon-governmental organization: Human rights
Global Alliance for Vaccines and ImmunizationGAVINon-governmental organization: Health
Global Environment Facility GEF Environmental organization
Global Green Growth Institute GGGI Environmental organization
Global Respect in EducationGRINNon-governmental organization: LGBT Rights
Great Lakes Fishery Commission GLFC Fisheries organization
GreenpeaceNon-governmental organization: Environmental
Group of 15 G15 Ideological and political grouping organization
Group of 24 G24 Ideological and political grouping organization
Group of 77 G77 Ideological and political grouping organization
Group of Eight G8 Regional organization: Transcontinental
Group of Five G5 Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Group of Seven G7 Regional organization: Trans-Atlantic
Group of Ten G10 Regional organization: Trans-Atlantic
Group of Twenty G20 Ideological and political grouping organization
GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development ODED Regional organization: Eurasia
Gulf Cooperation Council GCC Regional organization: Asia
HealthRight InternationalHRINon-governmental organization: Health
Human Rights WatchHRWNon-governmental organization: Human rights
Humanists International
(International Humanist and Ethical Union)
IHEUNon-governmental organization: Human rights
Indian Ocean Commission COI Regional organization: Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation IOR-ARC Regional organization: Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean Tuna Commission IOTC Fisheries organization
Institut Laue–Langevin ILL Regional organization: Europe
Inter-American Development Bank IADB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission IATTC Fisheries organization
Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD Regional organization: Africa
Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail OTIF Transport organization
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Environmental organization
International Association of Students in Economics and BusinessAIESECNon-governmental organization: Leadership development
International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
International Bureau of Education IBE-UNESCO Educational organization
International Bureau of Weights and Measures BIPM Financial, trade, and customs organization
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA Agricultural research organization
International Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT Agricultural research organization
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property ICCROM Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
International Christian ConcernICCNon-governmental organization: Human rights
International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO Transport organization
International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO United Nation Agency
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ICCAT Fisheries organization
International Commission on Civil Status ICCS Regional organization: Europe
International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC Non-governmental organization
Humanitarian organization
International Cospas-Sarsat Programme ICSP Humanitarian organization
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea ICES Maritime organization
International Criminal Court ICC Law enforcement organization
International Criminal Police Organization Interpol Law enforcement organization
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ICRISAT Agricultural research organization
International Development Law Organization IDLO Financial, trade, and customs organization
International Energy Agency IEA Energy organization
International Energy Forum IEF Energy organization
International Federation for Human Rights
(Fédération Internationale des ligues des Droits de l'Homme)
FIDHNon-governmental organization: Human rights
International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth MovementsFIMCAPNon-governmental organization: Religion
International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI Agricultural research organization
International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Financial, trade, and customs organization
International Hydrographic Organization IHO Maritime organization
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA Energy organization
International Institute for the Unification of Private Law UNIDROIT Educational organization
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture IITA Agricultural research organization
International Labour Organization ILO United Nation Agency
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex AssociationILGBTIA or ILGANon-governmental organization: LGBT Rights
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Youth and Student OrganisationIGLYONon-governmental organization: LGBT Rights
International Livestock Research Institute ILRI Agricultural research organization
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center CIMMYT Agricultural research organization
International Maritime Organization IMO United Nation Agency
Maritime organization
International Monetary Fund IMF Financial, trade, and customs organization
International Musical Instrument Registry & DatabaseIMIRADNon-governmental organization: Music
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan INBAR Regional organization: Asia
International Organization of Turkic Culture TÜRKSOY Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
International Pacific Halibut Commission IPHC Fisheries organization
International POPs Elimination NetworkIPENNon-governmental organization: Environmental
International Potato Center CIP Agricultural research organization
International Railroad for Queer RefugeesIRQRNon-governmental organization: LGBT Rights
International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA Energy organization: Sustainable energy organization
International Rice Research Institute IRRI Agricultural research organization
International Seabed Authority ISA Maritime organization
International Solar Alliance ISA Energy organization: Sustainable energy organization
International Telecommunication Union ITU United Nation Agency
International Union for Conservation of NatureIUCNNon-governmental organization: Environmental
International Water Management Institute IWMI Agricultural research organization
International Whaling Commission IWC Fisheries organization
Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy OIAO Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Islamic Development Bank IDB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Islamic ReliefIRNon-governmental organization
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS UNAIDS United Nation Agency
Junior AchievementJANon-governmental organization: Education
Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization KEDO Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
Koyamada International FoundationKIFNon-governmental organization
Lutheran World ReliefLWRNon-governmental organization: Religion
Mekong River Commission MRC Regional organization: Asia
Mekong–Ganga Cooperation MGC Regional organization: Asia
Melanesian Spearhead Group MSG Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Mercado Común del Sur
(Common Market of the South)
Mercosur Regional organization: Americas
Mercy CorpsMCNon-governmental organization
Missile Technology Control Regime MTCR Arms control organization
Model United Nations MUN Educational organization
Narayan Seva SansthanNSSNon-governmental organization
Netherlands Development Finance Company FMO Financial, trade, and customs organization
New Agenda Coalition NAC Ideological and political grouping organization
New Development Bank NDB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Non-Aligned Movement NAM Ideological and political grouping organization
Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative NPDI Ideological and political grouping organization
Nordic Council Regional organization: Europe
Nordic Development Fund NDF Financial, trade, and customs organization
Nordic Investment Bank NIB Financial, trade, and customs organization
Regional organization: Europe
North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization NASCO Fisheries organization
North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Military alliance
Regional organization: Trans-Atlantic
North Pacific Marine Science Organization PICES Maritime organization
North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission NEAFC Fisheries organization
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being NDPHS Regional organization: Europe
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization NAFO Fisheries organization
Nuclear Energy Agency NEA Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
Nuclear Suppliers Group NSG Arms control organization
OPEC Fund for International Development OPEC Fund Financial, trade, and customs organization
OpenmindProjectsOMPNon-governmental organization: Education
Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation OCCAR Regional organization: Europe
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW Arms control organization
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie OIF Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States OECS Regional organization: Americas
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation OIC Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Organization for Cooperation of Railways OSJD or OSShD Transport organization
Organization for Economic and Co-operation Development OECD Financial, trade, and customs organization
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE Regional organization: Trans-Atlantic
Organization of American States OAS Regional organization: Americas
Organization of Ibero-American States OEI Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organization
Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries OPEC Financial, trade, and customs organization
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation BSEC Regional organization: Eurasia
Oxford Committee for Famine ReliefOxfamNon-governmental organization
Pacific Alliance AP Regional organization: Americas
Pacific Islands Forum PIF Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Pacific Regional Environment Programme SPREP Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Pacific Salmon Commission PSC Fisheries organization
Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia PEMSEA Environmental organization
Regional organization: Asia
Permanent Court of Arbitration PCA Law enforcement organization
Plan InternationalPINon-governmental organization: Children and youth
Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization CTBTO Arms control organization
Reggio Children FoundationRCFNon-governmental organization: Children and youth
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership REEEP Energy organization: Sustainable energy organization
Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination CentreRIPE NCCNon-governmental organization: Space and technology
Rio Group G-Rio Regional organization: Americas
Save the Children InternationalSCINon-governmental organization: Children and youth
Save the ChildrenSCNon-governmental organization: Children and youth
Secretariat of the Pacific Community SPC Regional organization: Pacific Ocean
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO Regional organization: Eurasia
Sister Cities InternationalSCINon-governmental organization: Multilateralism
SOS Children's VillagesNon-governmental organization: Children and youth
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC Regional organization: Asia
South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone ZPCAS Regional organization: Trans-Atlantic
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center SEAFDEC Fisheries organization
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization SEAMEO Regional organization: Asia
Southeast Europe Transport Community SETC Transport organization
Southern African Development Community SADC Regional organization: Africa
Survival InternationalSINon-governmental organization: Human rights
Sustainable Energy for All SE4ALL Energy organization: Sustainable energy organization
Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science Applications in the Middle East SESAME Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces SICOFAA Regional organization: Americas
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU CTA Regional organization: Africa-Caribbean
The Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean Environmental organization
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and MalariaGlobalFundNon-governmental organization: Health
The International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN Environmental organization
The Library ProjectLPNon-governmental organization: Education
Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia TRACECA Regional organization: Eurasia
Transport organization
Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat TCS Regional organization: Asia
Turkic Council TurkKon Regional organization: Eurasia
Tzu Chi FoundationTCFNon-governmental organization
Union for the Mediterranean UfM Regional organization: Mediterranean
Union of South American Nations USAN Regional organization: Americas
Union State of Russia and Belarus Union State Regional organization: Eurasia
United Nations Atomic Energy Commission UNAEC Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
United Nations Capital Development Fund UNCDF United Nation Agency
United Nations Development Programme UNDP United Nation Agency
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO United Nation Agency
United Nations Environment Programme UNEP United Nation Agency
Environmental organization
United Nations Human Rights Council UNHRC United Nation Agency
United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat United Nation Agency
United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO Energy organization
United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO United Nation Agency
United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund UNICEF United Nation Agency
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNDRR United Nation Agency
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC United Nation Agency
United Nations University UNU Educational organization
Universal Postal Union UPU United Nation Agency
Visegrád Group V4 Regional organization: Europe
Wassenaar Arrangement Arms control organization
West African Development Bank BOAD Financial, trade, and customs organization
West African Economic and Monetary Union UEMOA Regional organization: Africa
West Nordic Council WNC Regional organization: Europe
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission WCPFC Fisheries organization
Western European and Others Group WEOG Ideological and political grouping organization
World Agroforestry Centre WAC Agricultural research organization
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl ScoutsWAGGGSNon-governmental organization: Children and youth
World Association of Nuclear Operators WANO Energy organization: Nuclear power organization
World Bank WB Financial, trade, and customs organization
World Customs Organization WCO Financial, trade, and customs organization
World Federation of United Nations AssociationsWFUNANon-governmental organization: Multilateralism
World Food Programme WFP United Nation Agency
World Health Organization WHO United Nation Agency
World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO United Nation Agency
World Meteorological Organization WMO United Nation Agency
World Organization of the Scout MovementWOSMNon-governmental organization: Children and youth
World Tourism Organization UNWTO United Nation Agency
World Trade Organization WTO Financial, trade, and customs organization
World Vegetable Center WorldVeg Agricultural research organization
World Vision InternationalWVINon-governmental organization: Religion
World Wide Fund for NatureWWFNon-governmental organization: Environmental
WorldFish Center WorldFish Agricultural research organization