Selected Multilateral Organizations





Explanatory note: The United States participates in the organizations named below in accordance with the provisions of treaties, other international agreements, congressional legislation, or executive arrangements. In some cases, no financial contribution is involved.

Various commissions, councils, or committees subsidiary to the organizations listed here are not named separately on this list. These include the international bodies for narcotics control, which are subsidiary to the United Nations.

  1. United Nations, Specialized Agencies, and International Atomic Energy Agency

    Food and Agricultural Organization

    International Agency for Research in Cancer

    International Atomic Energy Agency

    International Civil Aviation Organization

    International Fund for Agriculture Development

    International Labor Organization

    International Maritime Organization

    International Telecommunication Union

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


    Universal Postal Union

    World Health Organization

    World Intellectual Property Organization

    World Meteorological Organization

  2. Peacekeeping

    United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Golan Heights)

    United Nations Force in Cyprus

    United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

    United Nations International Criminal Tribunal--Rwanda

    United Nations International Criminal Tribunal--Yugoslavia

    United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission

    United Nations Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    United Nations Mission in Kosovo

    United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan

    United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

    United Nations Observer Mission in Angola

    United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia

    United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone

    United Nations Prevention Deployment Force

    United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor

    United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slovenia

  3. Inter-American Organizations

    Border Environment Cooperation Commission

    Inter-American Center of Tax Administrators

    Inter-American Indian Institute

    Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

    Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

    Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

    Organization of American States

    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

    Pan American Institute of Geography and History

    Pan American Railway Congress Association

    Postal Union of the Americas and Spain and Portugal (PUASP)

  4. Regional Organizations

    Asia Pacific Energy Research Center

    Colombo Plan Council

    Great Lakes Fishery Commission

    International Energy Agency

    North Atlantic Assembly

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

    Nuclear Energy Agency

    Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    South Pacific Commission

  5. Other International Organizations

    Center for International Forestry Research

    Commission for Labor Cooperation

    Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

    Global Biodiversity Information Facility

    Hague Conference on Private International Law

    International Agreement on the Maintenance of Certain Lights in the Red Sea

    International Bureau for the Permanent Court of Arbitration

    International Bureau for the Protection of Industrial Property

    International Bureau for the Publication of Customs Tariffs

    International Bureau of Weights and Measures

    International Center for Agriculrural Research in the Dry Areas

    International Center for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

    International Coffee Organization

    International Committee of the Red Cross

    International Cotton Advisory Committee

    International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)

    International Council of Scientific Unions and Its Associated Unions


    International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

    International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

    International Development Law Institute

    International Fertilizer Development Center

    International Grain Council

    International Human Frontier Science Program Organization

    International Hydrographic Organization

    International Institute for Cotton

    International Institute for the Unification of Private Law

    International Mobile Satellitte Organization

    International North Pacific Fisheries Commission

    International Organization for Legal Metrology (IOLM)

    International Organization for Migration

    International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions

    International Plant Genetics Resources Institute

    International Rubber Study Group

    International Science and Technology Center

    International Seed Testing Association

    International Service for National Agriculture Research

    International Sugar Council

    International Tropical Timber Organization

    International Union of Credit and Investment Insurers

    International Whaling Commission

    Interparliamentary Union

    Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

    Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization

    Multinational Force Observers

    Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

    Pacific Aviation Safety Office

    Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses

    Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty

    Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

    Science and Technology Center in Ukraine

    Sierra Leone Special Court

    World Heritage Fund

    World Customs Organization

    World Trade Organization (WTO)

  6. Special Voluntary Programs

    African Institute for Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders

    Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

    International Center for Research in Agroforestry

    International Council of Science

    International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics

    International Federation of the Red Cross

    International Food Policy Research Institute

    International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

    International Organization for Migration (IOM)

    Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

    Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization

    Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund

    Organization of American States Fund for Strengthening Democracy

    Organization of American States Special Development Assistance Fund

    Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel

    Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

    United Nations Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund

    United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

    United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

    United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

    United Nations/Food and Agricultural Organization World Food Program


    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Program (UNHCR)

    United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

    United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture

    World Health Organization Special Programs

    African Development Bank

    Headquarters (temporary): Angle des Trois Rues, Avenue Du Ghana, Rue Pierre De Coubertin, Rue Hedi Nouira, BP. 323, 1002 Tunis Belvedere, Tunisia. Internet, E-mail,

    President: Omar Kabbaj

    The African Development Bank (AFDB) was established in 1964 and, by charter amendment, opened its membership to non-African countries in

    1982. Its mandate is to contribute to the economic development and social progress of its regional members. Bank members total 77, including 53 African countries and 24 nonregional countries. With the September 1999 ratification of the agreement on the fifth general capital increase, Bank ownership is 60 percent African and 40 percent nonregional.

    The African Development Fund (AFDF), the concessional lending affiliate, was established in 1973 to complement AFDB operations by providing...

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