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List of intergovernmental organizations

A ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization, in the Palace of Nations (Geneva, Switzerland).

The following is a list of the major existing intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).

For a more complete listing, see the Yearbook of International Organizations,[1] which includes c25,000 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), excluding for-profit enterprises, about 5,000 IGOs, and lists dormant and dead organizations as well as those in operation (figures as of the 49th edition, 2012/13).


United Nations and agenciesEdit

The UN has six principal organs:

The UN also includes various Funds, Programmes and specialized agencies:

The UN also includes subsidiary organs:

Humanitarian organizationsEdit

Environmental organizationsEdit

Fisheries organizationsEdit

Maritime organizationsEdit

Arms controlEdit

Energy organizationsEdit

Financial, trade, and customs organizationsEdit

Law enforcement cooperationEdit

Regional organizationsEdit

Organisations grouping almost all the countries in their respective continents. Note that Russia is member of both the Council of Europe (COE) and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), and Cuba is a suspended member of the Organization of American States (OAS). see also continental organization.
Several smaller regional organizations with non-overlapping memberships.
Several non-overlapping large alliances. Softer colours indicate observer/associate or candidate countries.






Educational organizations and universitiesEdit

Digital organizationsEdit

Cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious organizationsEdit

Ideological and political groupingsEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Union of International Associations (ed.), Yearbook of international organizations, Leiden: Brill  (six volumes in print format, plus online, subscription-based edition)
  2. ^ German Foreign Ministry, retrieved 6 July 2011