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International organizations, their headquarters, abbreviations and their establishment year are very important for general knowledge section in number of exams like IBPS Bank exams, UPSC exams, NDA, SSC and many others. In fact questions from this topic is asked in number of exams conducted by software companies too. International organizations are very important and you can easily score that 1 mark easily. Remember 1 marks can make a lot of difference specially in a competitive exam being held in India.

Normally there is a whole list of important organization which are normally asked in examinations. However we are giving you a complete list of international organizations, their abbreviations, headquarters and their establishment year. What you need to do is to make your own list which are very much essential for exams.

Few Tricks To Remember the Headquarters :

  1. Always try to remember them in groups. For example : Write Geneva on one side of paper and list all organization having headquarter there. It will be much easier to remember this way.
  2. Every money related International organization headquarter is in Washington DC. You will see in the list below.

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Here is the full list of International Organizations and headquarters ( PDF in the END)

International Organizations

  1. United Nations, Specialized Agencies and related bodies
  2. World Bank and related bodies
  3. Other international organizations and bodies
  4. Nordic institutions
  5. Other regional organizations and bodies
  6. Related organizations

I. United Nations, specialized agencies and related bodies

Abbreviation
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

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

International Labour Organization

ILO

Geneva

1945

International Maritime Organization

IMO
(f. IMCO)

London

1960

International Seabed Authority

ISA

Kingston

1994

International Telecommunications Union

ITU

Geneva

1949

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

ITLOS

Hamburg

1996

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO

Paris

1964

Universal Postal Union

UPU

Berne

1874

World Health Organization

WHO

Geneva

1948

World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO

Geneva

1986

World Meteorological Organization

WMO

Geneva

1950

World Trade Organization

WTO
(f. GATT)

Geneva

1968
(Associate 1964)

United Nations Programs etc.

Abbreviation
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

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

Reykjavík

  • United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme

UNUGTP

Reykjavík

  • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

UNVFVT

Geneva

  • United Nations Children’s Fund

UNICEF

New York

  • United Nations Development Fund for Women

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
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

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

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

MIGA

Washington

1998

III. Other international organizations and bodies

Abbreviation
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

Member since

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

CTBTO

Vienna

(2000)

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

ICES

Copenhagen

1938

International Criminal Police Organization

INTERPOL

Lyon

1971

International Exhibitions Bureau (Bureau International d’Expositions)

BIE

Paris

1999

International Hydrographic Organization

IHO

Monte Carlo

1970

International Maritime Satellite Organization

INMARSAT

London

1991

International Telecommunications Satellite Organization

ITSO
(f. INTELSAT)

Washington

1975

International Customs Tariffs Bureau

BITD

Brussels

1891

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

OPCW

Haag

1997

Permanent Court of Arbitration

PCA

Haag

1955

World Customs Organization

WCO

Brussels

1950

IV. Nordic institutions

Abbreviation
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

Member since

Nordic Council

NR

Copenhagen

1952

Nordic Council of Ministers

NMR

Copenhagen

1952

Nordic Cultural Fund

NK

Copenhagen

1976

Nordic Development Fund

NDF

Helsinki

1989

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

NEFCO

Helsinki

1990

Nordic Industrial Fund

NI

Oslo

1973

Nordic Investment Bank

NIB

Helsinki

1976

Nordic Project Export Fund

NOPEF

Helsinki

1982

West-Nordic Council

VNR

Reykjavík

1985

V. Other regional organizations and bodies

Abbreviation
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

Member since

Arctic Council

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 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 Parliamentary Assembly (f. North Atlantic Assembly)

NATO PA

North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission

NEAFC

London

1982

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

NAFO

Darmouth

1979

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD
(f. OEEC)

Paris

1961

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

OSCE

Vienna

1972

  • OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

OSCE PA

Western European Union

WEU

Brussels

1993
(Associate)

Related organizations

Abbreviation
(f.=formerly)

Headquarters

Member since

Audiovisual Eureka

AE

Brussels

1995

Australia Group

AG

(Changeable)

1993

Bank for International Settlements

BIS

Basel

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

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

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

Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

SCOSTEP
(f. IUCSTP)

(Changeable)

1978
(1969)

World Conservation Union

IUCN
(f. IUPN)

Gland

1973

World Energy Council

WEC

London

1949

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