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International Organizations and Their Headquarters PDF

Students who want to pursue their career in defence services or any government vacancies that involve exams like CDA, AFCAT, NDA and many others, must prepare themselves for every section of the examination thoroughly. One of the most important sections of these exams is the knowledge of International Organizations and their headquarters: their abbreviation and formation dates. 

In almost 90% of the entrance or competitive exams, the questions are related to these international organizations and you have to choose the location or their abbreviation only. 

Here is the list of the organization names with their abbreviation and formation dates to cover for competitive exams: 

Political and Economical Organizations 

Organizations Abbreviations HeadquartersFormation 
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of StatesACPBrussels – Belgium1975
European UnionEUBrussels1958
Andean CommunityCANLima, Peru.
1969
Arab League(League of Arab StatesCairo 1905yArab Maghreb UnionAMU Rabat, Morocco
1956
Asia-Pacific Economic CooperationAPEC
Singapore1905
African UnionAUAddis Ababa, Johannesburg2001
Association of Southeast Asian NationsASEANJakarta, Indonesia1967
Caribbean CommunityCARICOMGeorgetown, Guyana.1973
Central American ParliamentPARLACENGuatemala City1980
Common Market of East and Southern AfricaCOMESA
Lusaka, Zambia1994
Commonwealth of Nations   (British Commonwealth)
London, United Kingdom1926
Commonwealth of Independent States (Russian Commonwealth)CISMoscow, Russian1991
Council of EuropeCoEStrasbourg, France1949
East African CommunityEAC
Arusha1967
Economic Community of West African StatesECOWASAbuja, Nigeria1975
European Free Trade AssociationEFTAGeneva, Switzerland1960
Gulf Cooperation CouncilGCCRiyadh, Saudi Arabia1981
Indian Ocean Commission
IOCPort Louis, Mauritius1982
Non-Aligned MovementNAMNew York City, USA1961
Nordic CouncilCopenhagen, Denmark1952
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentOECDParis, France1948
Organization for Security and Co-operation in EuropeOSCEVienna, Austria1973
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean StatesOECSCastries, Saint Lucia1981
Organization of American States OASOASWashington, D.C.1948
Organisation of Islamic CooperationOIC  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1969
Pacific Islands ForumSuva, Fiji1971
Secretariat of the Pacific CommunitySPCNouméa1947
South Asian Association for Regional CooperationSAARCKathmandu, Nepal1985
Union of South American NationsUSANQuito, Ecuador2004
Southern African Development CommunitySADCGaborone, Botswana1992
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples OrganizationUNPO  The Hague, Netherlands1991
World Trade OrganizationWTOGeneva, Switzerland1995
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the PacificESCAPBangkok, Thailand1947

UN Organizations 

Organizations Abbreviations Headquarters Formation 
Food and Agriculture OrganizationFAOPalazzo FAO, Rome, Italy1945
United NationsUNNew York City, USA1945
International Civil Aviation OrganizationICAOMontreal, Quebec, Canada1947
International Labour OrganizationILOGeneva, Switzerland1919
United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesUNHCR  Geneva, Switzerland1950
International Maritime OrganizationIMOLondon, United Kingdom1959
United Nations Atomic Energy CommissionUNAECNew York City, USA1946
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDSUNAIDSGeneva, Switzerland1996
United Nations Capital Development FundUNCDFNew York City, USA
United Nations Development ProgrammeUNDPNew York City, USA1965
United Nations Children’s FundUNICEFNew York City, USA1946
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationUNESCOParis, France1946 
United Nations Environment ProgrammeUNEPNairobi, Kenya1972
United Nations Human Settlements ProgrammeUN-Habitat  Nairobi, Kenya1978
United Nations Industrial Development OrganizationUNIDOVienna, Austria1985
United Nations Office on Drugs and CrimeUNODCVienna, Austria1997
Universal Postal UnionUPUBern, Switzerland1874
World Health OrganizationWHOGeneva, Switzerland1948
World Intellectual Property OrganizationWIPOGeneva, Switzerland1967
World Food ProgrammeWFPRome, Italy1961
World Meteorological OrganizationWMOGeneva, Switzerland1950
World Tourism OrganizationUNWTOMadrid, Spain1957
International Rescue CommitteeIRCNew York City, United States1933
International Atomic Energy AgencyIAEAVienna, Austria1957
International Telecommunication UnionITUGeneva, Switzerland1947
Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsOHCHRGeneva, Switzerland1993

Military Organizations 

Organizations Abbreviations Headquarters Formation 
North Atlantic Treaty OrganisationNATOBrussels, Belgium1949
European Security and Defence PolicyESDPParis
Shanghai Cooperation OrganisationSCOBeijing, China1996
Collective Security Treaty OrganizationCSTO  Moscow, Russia1992
Peace and Security CouncilPSCAddis Ababa

Financial Organizations 

Organizations Abbreviations Headquarters Formation 
World Bank
Washington D.C., United States1944
African Development BankAfDBAbidjan, Ivory Coast(statutory) & Tunis, Tunisia (temporary)1963
Asian Development BankADBMetro Manila, Philippines1966
European Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentEBRDLondon1991
Inter-American Development BankIDBWashington, D.C.1959
International Monetary FundIMFWashington, D.C1945
Islamic Development BankIDBJeddah, Saudi Arabia1973
International Monetary FundIMFWashington, D.C., United States1945
International Fund for Agricultural DevelopmentIFADRome, Italy1977
Bank for International SettlementsBISBasel, Switzerland1930
Black Sea Trade and Development BankBSTDBThessaloniki, Greece1997
Caribbean Development BankCDBBridgetown, Barbados1969
Nordic Development FundNDFHelsinki, Finland.1989
Nordic Investment BankNIBHelsinki, Finland.1970
European Central BankECBFrankfurt, Germany1998

Sports Federation

Organizations Abbreviations Headquarters Formation 
Asian Football ConfederationAFCKuala Lumpur, Malaysia1954
Confederation of African FootballCAF  6th of October City, Egypt.1957
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association FootballCONCACAFMiami, Florida, U.S.1961
South American Football ConfederationCONMEBOL
Luque, Paraguay1916
Oceania Football ConfederationOFCAuckland, New Zealand1966
Union of European Football AssociationsUEFA
Nyon, Switzerland1954
World Chess Federation(Fédération Internationale des Échecs )FIDEAthens, Greece1924
International Federation of Association Football(Fédération Internationale de Football Association)FIFAZürich, Switzerland 19041904
International Cricket CouncilICCDubai, United Arab Emirates1909
International Olympic CommitteeIOCLausanne, Switzerland1894
International Paralympic CommitteeIPCBonn, Germany1989
World Rugby(International Rugby Football Board)IRFBDublin,Ireland1886
Commonwealth Games FederationCGFLondon, United Kingdom1930
International Tennis FederationITFLondon,  UK1913
Badminton World FederationBWFKuala Lumpur, Malaysia1934
International Hockey FederationFIHLausanne, Switzerland1924

Financial Organizations 

Organizations Abbreviations Headquarters Formation 
European Space AgencyESAParis,France1975
Indian Space Research OrganizationISROBangalore,India 1969
United Kingdom Space AgencyUKSASwindon, Wiltshire2010
National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASAWashington, D.C. , USA1958
Russian Federal Space AgencyRoscosmosMoscow, Russia1992
China National Space AdministrationCNSABeijing, China1993
Japan Aerospace Exploration AgencyJAXATokyo, Japan2003
French Space AgencyCNESParis, France1961
Italian Space AgencyASIRome, Italy1988
German Aerospace CenterDLRCologne1969

Other Important Organizations 

Organizations Abbreviations Headquarters Formation 
Colombo PlanColombo, Sri Lanka1950
Intergovernmental Authority on DevelopmentIGADDjibouti City1986
Antarctic Treaty SystemATSWashington, D.C., USA1959
International Court of JusticeICJThe Hague, Netherlands1945
International Committee of the Red CrossICRCGeneva, Switzerland1863
International Criminal Police OrganizationINTERPOLLyon, France1923
International Criminal Court ICCThe Hague, Netherlands1998
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesIFRCGeneva, Switzerland1919
International Organization for Migration IOMGeneva, Switzerland1951
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical WeaponsOPCWThe Hague, Netherlands1997
International Centre for Migration Policy DevelopmentICMPDVienna, Austria1993
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting CountriesOPECVienna, Austria1960
World Toilet OrganizationWTOSingapore2001

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