UN (Headquarter)

United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Former Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA).
Created to "mobilize and coordinate the collective efforts of the international community, in particular those of the UN system, to meet in a coherent and timely manner the needs of those exposed to human suffering and material destruction in disasters and emergencies".

Economic Commission for Africa
One of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of the United National Headquarters. Its member states are 53 African nations, represented by their ministers of finance and planning. As the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa, ECA's primary responsibility is to carry out activities encouraging the growth of the economic and social sectors on the continent.

The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in October 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations.

Sustainable Development Dimensions
Recognising the need to take a more holistic and strategic approach to development support and poverty alleviation, FAO established its Sustainable Development Department in January 1995. It aims at promoting, coordinating and leading in the formulation of concepts, policies and strategies for:

  • greater involvement of rural people, especially the poor and women, in their own development
  • generation and transfer of knowledge and technologies for sustainable development
  • management of natural resources and protection of the environment

World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT)
WAICENT is actively involved in promoting and facilitating the capacities to access to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information relating to food security, and agricultural development in Member States, and particularly in countries targeted by the Special Programme on Food Security.

International Fund for Agricultural Development FAD
A specialized agency of the United Nations, established in 1977 as an international financial institution as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.

United Nations Earth Summit 1997
Special Session of the General Assembly to Review and Appraise
the Implementation of Agenda 21

United Nations Environment Programme. Global Environment Outlook
The Global Environment Outlook Project addresses five questions:

  • What are the major regional and global environment problems, both current and emerging?
  • What are the major demographic, social, and economic driving forces behind the observed problems and trends?
  • Where are we heading if we continue doing _business as usual?
  • Where do we want to be heading?
  • What is being done to address environment concerns and what can be done in the future to move forward on the path of sustainable development?

International Labour Organisation
The UN agency for workers rights worldwide.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is a cosponsored programme bringing together the efforts of UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank.

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body, UNCTAD is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly in the field of trade and development.

United Nation's Development Programme
UNDP's mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out development programmes in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable livelihoods, the empowerment of women and the protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA extends assistance to developing countries, countries with economies in transition and other countries at their request to help them address reproductive health and population issues, and raises awareness of these issues in all countries.

UN Population Information Network (POPIN)
- comprehensive access to population information produced in all regions and on related topics. Includes related conferences materials, electronic library of population information resources, regional population information and networking, links to other sites.

UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
The purpose of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Helping the world's refugees is the job of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which was created by the U.N. General Assembly and began work in 1951.

UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Founded in 1946, UNICEF advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
Specialist agency of the United Nations dedicated to promoting sustainable industrial development in countries with developing and transition economies.

UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM promotes women's empowerment and gender equality. It works to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development planning and practice, and acts as a catalyst within the UN system, supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns of women to all critical issues on the national, regional and global agendas.

UN University (UNU)
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international academic organization that undertakes research, postgraduate training and dissemination activities to promote the United Nations' aims of peace and progress.

UN Volunteers
More than 2,000 qualified, experienced and motivated women and men of over 100 nationalities are currently serving in developing countries as volunteer specialists and field workers.

World Bank: 50 Years is Enough
A coalition of over 100 citizens' groups, representing 5 million Americans, joined in the common cause of bringing democratic reform to the operations of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund and halting the socially and environmentally destructive policies of these institutions.

World Food Programme
WFP is the frontline United Nations organization fighting to eradicate world hunger -- whether it is the hunger that suddenly afflicts people fleeing ethnic conflict in Rwanda or Bosnia or the chronic hunger that affects the hungry poor in countries such as Bangladesh or India. WFP became operational in 1963 and is now the world's largest international food aid organization.

World Health Organisation
The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health, as defined in the WHO Constitution, "is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Trade Organisation
Administering WTO trade agreements, forum for trade negotiations, handling trade disputes, monitoring national trade policies, technical assistance and training for developing countries ,cooperation with other international organisations.

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