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This is a list / directory of selected International Organizations (IOs) regularly dealing with global security issues, including the private provision of security or military services. To give you a better idea of what each organization focuses on, we have added to each listing at least one item related to global or private security. However, please note that many entities we commonly approach as IOs are actually part of the United Nations System, or work in close cooperation with UN bodies and institutions such as the General Assembly, the Security Council, or DPKO. Indeed, the UN is the ultimate IO. Therefore, there is some overlap between this directory and those covering the UN System.
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International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
ICC provides a forum for businesses and other organizations to examine and better comprehend the nature and significance of the major shifts taking place in the world economy. The organization has also over time developed a large array of voluntary rules, guidelines, and codes that facilitate cross-border transactions and help spread best practice among companies. .
» Fighting Commercial Crime | This ICC Section provides a wealth of resources including those offered by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau
» Working with the UN. Since 1946, ICC has held top-level consultative status with the United Nations and a close working relationship with its specialized agencies: TEXT

International Maritime Bureau (IMB): IMB is an ICC division established in 1981 to act as a focal point in the fight against all types of maritime crime and malpractice.

» IMB (Maritime) Piracy Reporting Centre


International Criminal Court (ICC)
The ICC is an independent international organisation, and is not part of the United Nations system. Its seat is at The Hague in the Netherlands and is governed by the Rome Statute. ICC is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.
» ICC Reports and Statements: TEXT | Example of an ICC Report: Tenth Report of the Court to the UN for 2013/14 (A/69/321). September 18, 2014: PDF.


International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Interpol aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Interpol's constitution prohibits 'any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character'.
» Fusion Task Force (FTF): Spearheading INTERPOL's anti-terrorism efforts is the FT, created in 2002 in the wake of the alarming rise in the scale and sophistication of international terrorist attacks: TEXT


International Energy Agency (IEA)
Founded in response to the 1973-74 oil crisis, is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. The four main areas of focus of the organization are: Energy security, Economic development, Environmental awareness, and Engagement worldwide.
» Key World Energy Statistics 2014: PDF | Africa Energy Outlook 2014: PDF


International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
» IMO Partnerships. IOM frequently collaborates with other organizations and institutions to produce comprehensive and cutting-edge research: TEXT | PDFs


International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The IMF, with 108 member countries, promotes international monetary cooperation and exchange rate stability, facilitates the balanced growth of international trade, and provides resources to help members in balance of payments difficulties or to assist with poverty reduction.
» IMF information by country (reports and publications): TEXT | TABLES| FIGURES | PDFs
» Factsheet - Debt Relief Under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative: TEXT (Overview) | PDF (Full text)
Find other similar financial institutions on the DEVELOPMENT FINANCE page


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
NATO is an alliance of 28 countries mainly from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty, which was signed on April 4, 1949. The organization's essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
» Allied Command Transformation (ACT): NATO’s leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.
» NATO’s assistance to Iraq: The NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I) was established in 2004 to helpi Iraq create effective armed forces. NTM-I was withdrawn from Iraq on 31 December 2011 when the mandate of the mission expired and agreement could not be reached on the legal status of NATO troops operating in the country. MORE>>


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
OECD, with 34 member states, works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The orgaanization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment; analyses and compares data to predict future trends; and sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.
» OECD Data portal (Beta) | Figure below, Real GDP forecast, 2007 – 2015, is an example of the resources available at this portal:


The World Bank Group (World Bank)
Established in 1944, the World Bank is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The organizationimagines itself as a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank Group, which incorporates the World Bank, has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: 1) End extreme poverty (watch the embedded video) by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than US$1.25 a day to no more than 3% worldwide; 2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.

The World Bank Group consists of five organizations:

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) International Development Association (IDA) World Bank = IBRD + IDA
International Finance Corporation (IFC) Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
Who Are the Extremely Poor?



United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

The UNV programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide, a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development.

United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organization (UN-DESA NGO Branch |

The UN-DESA NGO Branch services 3,900 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and over 31,000 other NGOs working with the United Nations. The key aims of the program are: support to NGOs; offer intergovernmental support; assist with conference registration; and provide technical assistance.

United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN)

UNPAN is an international UN program designed to help countries, especially developing countries and countries in economic transition, to respond to the challenges that governments face in bridging the digital divide between the 'haves and have-nots' and to achieve their development goals.

UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC)

CTC, comprising all 15 Security Council members, was tasked with monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world.

Find Many more similar organizations can be found at out UNITED NATIONS and UN MISSIONS pages



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