United Nations Organizations

United Nations and UN systems of Organizations

United Nations – The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership now totals 189 countries.

When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty which sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes: to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights, and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

UN Members are sovereign countries. The United Nations is not a world government, and it does not make laws. It does, however, provide the means to help resolve international conflict and formulate policies on matters affecting all of us. At the UN, all the Member States – large and small, rich and poor, with differing political views and social systems – have a voice and vote in this process.

United Nations Headquarters – New York, USA (UN)

UN Systems of Organizations

ACC Subcommittee on Drug Control – Vienna, Austria

ACC Subcommittee on Nutrition – Geneva, Switzerland (ACC/SCN)

ACC Subcommittee on Oceans and Coastal Areas – Paris, France

ACC Subcommittee on Statistical Activities – New York, USA

ACC Subcommittee on Water Resources – New York, USA

Administrative Committee on Coordination – New York, USA (ACC)
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions – New York, USA (ACABQ)

Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions
(Financial and Budgetary Questions) – Geneva, Switzerland (CCAQ(FB))

Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions (Personnel and General Administrative Questions) – Geneva, Switzerland (CCAQ(PER))

Consultative Committee on Programme and Operational Questions – Geneva, Switzerland (CCPOQ)

Economic Commission for Africa – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ECA)

Economic Commission for Europe – Geneva, Switzerland (ECE)

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean – Santiago, Chile (ECLAC)

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – Bangkok, Thailand (ESCAP)

Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – Beirut, Lebanon (ESCWA)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Rome, Italy (FAO)

Information Systems Coordination Committee – Geneva, Switzerland (ISCC)

Inter-agency Committee on Sustainable Development – New York, USA (IACSD)
Inter-agency Meeting on Language Arrangements, Documentation and Publications – New York, USA (IAMLADP)

Inter Agency Procurement Services Office – Denmark, Copenhagen (IAPSO)

International Atomic Energy Agency – Vienna, Austria (IAEA)

International Centre for Science and High Technology – Trieste, Italy (ICS)

International Civil Aviation Organization – Montreal, Canada (ICAO)

International Civil Service Commission – New York, USA (ICSC)

International Computing Centre – Geneva, Switzerland (ICC)

International Court of Justice – The Hague, The Netherlands (ICJ)

International Fund for Agricultural Development – Rome, Italy (IFAD)

International Institute on Ageing – Valetta, Malta (INIA)

International Labour Organization – Geneva, Switzerland (ILO)

International Maritime Organization – London, UK (IMO)

International Monetary Fund – Washington, USA (IMF)

International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (INSTRAW)

International Telecommunication Union – Geneva, Switzerland (ITU)

International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO – Geneva, Switzerland (ITC)

International Training Centre of the ILO – Turin, Italy (ILO/ITC)

Joint Inspection Unit – Geneva, Switzerland (JIU)

Joint United Nations Information Committee – New York, USA (JUNIC)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS– Geneva, Switzerland (UNAIDS)

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency – Washington, USA (MIGA)

Organizational Committee of ACC – New York, USA (OC)

Outer Space Affairs, Office for– Vienna, Austria (OOSA)

Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations, the Specialized Agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency – New York, USA

United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) –  offers individual Canadians a window into the work of the UN, and a channel through which to become engaged in the critical international issues.

United Nations Board of Auditors – New York, USA

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) – Nairobi, Kenya (UNCHS (Habitat))

United Nations Children’s Fund – New York, USA (UNICEF)

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – Vienna, Austria (UNCITRAL)

United Nations Common Supply Database – Oslo, Norway (UNCSD)

United Nations Compensation Commission – Geneva, Switzerland (UNCC)

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – Bonn, Germany (UNCCD)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – Geneva, Switzerland (UNCTAD)

United Nations Development Fund for Women – New York, USA (UNIFEM)

United Nations Development Programme – New York, USA (UNDP)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – Paris, France (UNESCO)

United Nations Environment Programme – Nairobi, Kenya (UNEP)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Bonn, Germany (UNFCCC)

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the – Geneva, Switzerland (UNHCHR)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the – Geneva, Switzerland (UNHCR)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Vienna, Austria (UNIDO)

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research – Geneva, Switzerland (UNIDIR)

United Nations International Drug Control Programme – Vienna, Austria (UNDCP)

United Nations International School -New York, USA (UNIS)

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute – Rome, Italy (UNICRI)

United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund – New York, USA (UNJSPF)

United Nations Office at Geneva – Geneva, Switzerland (UNOG)

United Nations Office at Vienna – Vienna, Austria

United Nations Office for Project Services – New York, USA (UNOPS)

United Nations Population Fund – New York, USA (UNFPA)

United Nations Postal Administration – Vienna, Austria (UNPA)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East – Gaza, Gaza Strip & Amman, Jordan (UNRWA)

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development – Geneva, Switzerland (UNRISD)

United Nations Staff College – Turin, Italy (UNSC)

United Nations University – Tokyo, Japan (UNU)

United Nations Volunteers – Bonn, Germany (UNV)

Universal Postal Union – Berne, Switzerland (UPU)

World Bank – Washington, USA (IBRD)

World Food Programme – Rome, Italy (WFP)

World Health Organization – Geneva, Switzerland (WHO)

World Intellectual Property Organization – Geneva, Switzerland (WIPO)

World Meteorological Organization – Geneva, Switzerland (WMO)

World Tourism Organization – Madrid, Spain

World Trade Organization – Geneva Switzerland