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THE YEAR 2017-18
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International organisations are intergovernmental organisations, whose membership can only include either sovereign states or other international organisations.
Print publication date: Oct, 2017
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International Organisations
 The African Union (AU) was launched in 2002 as a successor to the amalgamated Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the African Economic...
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International Organisations
 The Andean Community (CAN), known as the Andean Pact until 1996, began operating formally on 21 November 1969 when its commission was...
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The Treaty establishing the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) was signed on 17 February 1989 by the heads of state of the five member states: Algeria, Libya,...
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The Arctic Council was founded in 1996 in Ottawa, Canada, and is a regional forum for socio-economic development and scientific research within the...
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 The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) was initiated by the former prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, and inaugurated in June 2002.
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 The Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO), founded as a result of the Bandung Conference of 1955, was previously known as both...
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB), founded in 1966, is a multilateral financial institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.
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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an economic forum for Pacific Rim countries to discuss regional economy, cooperation, trade and...
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 The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organisation formed in 1967 with the aim of accelerating...
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Established in November 1991, the Baltic Assembly (BA) is an international organisation for cooperation between the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia...
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 Founded in 1910, CAB International (CABI) (formerly the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau) is a non-profit organisation that provides...
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 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established as the Caribbean Community and Common Market in 1973 with the signing of the Treaty of...
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 The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 sovereign and independent states together with their associated states and dependencies.
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The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a multilateral grouping of 11 former Soviet republics, including nine full members; Ukraine, a...
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The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), was established on 25 May 1981.
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International Organisations
The Council of Europe was founded in 1949.
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The Council of the Baltic Sea States was established in 1992 with the aim of creating a regional forum to increase cooperation and coordination...
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was founded in 1975 and came into operation in 1977.
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Since its establishment in 1991, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has become the largest financial investor in a region...
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The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) was founded in 1960 on the premise of free trade as a means of achieving growth and prosperity among its...
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The convention establishing the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) came into force in 1954.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) was created in 1975 by the merger of the European Space Research Organisation and the European Launcher Development...
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International Organisations
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is a specialised UN agency, established in 1945.
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 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established in 1957.
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 The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) was founded with the signing oft the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation...
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Interpol was set up in 1923 to establish an international criminal records office and to harmonise extradition procedures.
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 The International Energy Agency (IAE), founded in 1974, is an autonomous agency within the framework of the Organisation for Economic...
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International Organisations
 The International Francophone Organisation (International Organisation of La Francophonie – IOF) is an intergovernmental...
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International Organisations
 The International Fund for Agriculturall Development (IFAD) began operations as a UN specialised agency in 1977.
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 The International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) began operating in 1921 with 19 member states and headquarters in the Principality of...
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 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was established in 1919 as an autonomous body of the League of Nations and became the UN's first...
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 Originally named the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) was established as a...
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 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established at the UN Monetary and Financial Conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944.
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 The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was founded in 1951 to resettle European displaced persons and refugees.
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 The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is composed of three elements – the International Committee of the Red Cross, the...
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International Organisations
 The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was founded in Paris in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union and became a UN specialised...
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 The International Trade Union Confederation (TUC) was created in 2006 by the merger between the International Confederation of Free Trade...
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 The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, signed in Washington...
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 The League of Arab States was founded in 1945 to protect the independence and sovereignty of its member states, supervise the affairs and...
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 MERCOSUR (the Southern Common Market) was created by the Treaty of Asunción, signed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay on 26...
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The Nordic Council was established in March 1952 as an advisory body on economic and social cooperation, comprising parliamentary delegates from...
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 The leaders of Canada, Mexico and the USA signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on 17 December 1992 in their respective...
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International Organisations
 The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a political and military alliance designed to provide common security for its members through...
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 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was formed in 1961 to replace the Organisation for European Economic...
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International Organisations
 The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was launched in 1975 as the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe...
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International Organisations
 Originally founded in 1890 for largely commercial purposes, the Organisation of American States (OAS) adopted its present name and charter in...
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International Organisations
 The Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) was founded in 1968.
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 The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) resulted from the Istanbul Summit Declaration and the adoption of the Bosphorus statement on 25 June...
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International Organisations
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) was established in 1969 with the purpose of promoting solidarity and cooperation between its member...
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The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was created in 1960 as a permanent intergovernmental organisation with the principal...
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The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), formerly the South Pacific Forum, was established in 1971 and represents heads of governments of 16 independent and...
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 Partners in Population and Development )PPD) is an intergovernmental organisation launched at the UN International Conference on Population...
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 The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) (formerly the South Pacific Commission) was established in 1947 by Australia, France, the...
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 The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental organisation.
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 The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was established in 1985 by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal,...
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 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) was formed in 1992 by the members of its predecessor, the Southern African Development...
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 The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated, through signature of the UN charter, to the maintenance of...
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International Organisations
 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was established in 1945.
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 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) was established in 1966 by the UN general assembly to act as the central...
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 The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established by the Treaty of Bern 1874, taking effect from 1875, and became a UN specialised agency in...
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International Organisations
 The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) was founded in 1991 to offer an international forum for occupied nations, indigenous...
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International Organisations
 The World Bank Group was founded in 1944 from the consolidation of five major development organisations and is one of the world's largest...
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International Organisations
 Established in 1952 as the Customs Cooperation Council, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) is an independent intergovernmental organisation...
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International Organisations
 The UN International Health Conference, held in 1946, established the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a UN specialised agency, with effect...
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International Organisations
 The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was established in Stockholm in 1967 by the signing of the WIPO Convention, which entered...
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International Organisations
 The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) was established in 1950 and became a UN specialised agency in 1951, succeeding the International...
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International Organisations
 The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) was officially launched in 1975 to act as an executing agency of the United Nations Development...
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International Organisations
 The World Trade Organisation was established on 1 January 1995 as the successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
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