Important International Organizations [PDF] | GK for MBA Entrance Exams

International Organisations. GK for MBA Exams
International Organisations. GK for MBA Exams

Important International Organizations | GK for MBA Entrance Exams

General Awareness is an important section in the MBA exams such as TISSNET, CMAT, IIFT, XAT etc. There are a wide range of topics one should prepare from. One of those most important topics is the ‘International Organizations’. Every year questions are asked based on the International Organisations, their Headquarters, Member Nations etc. In this article, we will look at the list of some of the most important International Organizations.

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International Organizations

Many of these organisations have their Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. So, firstly we have listed out the list of important organisations with their headquarters located in Geneva.

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Organisation Headquarters Established
World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, Switzerland  1948
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva, Switzerland  1967
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Geneva, Switzerland  1950
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Geneva, Switzerland  1994
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva, Switzerland  1950
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Geneva, Switzerland  1947
International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva, Switzerland  1919
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Geneva, Switzerland

International Trade Centre (ITC) Geneva, Switzerland 1964
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Geneva, Switzerland 1951
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) Geneva, Switzerland 1985
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geneva, Switzerland 1863
G-15 Summit Geneva, Switzerland 1990
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Geneva, Switzerland 1960
International Organization for Standardization


Geneva, Switzerland 1947
International Peace Bureau (IPB)  Geneva, Switzerland 1891
International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)  Geneva, Switzerland 1984
Inter-Parliamentary Union  Geneva, Switzerland 1889
United Nations Institute for Disarmament 

Research (UNIDIR) 

Geneva, Switzerland 1980
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  Geneva, Switzerland 1865
United Nations Institute for Training and 

Research (UNITAR) 

Geneva, Switzerland 1963
United Nations Conference on Trade and 

Development (UNCTAD)

Geneva, Switzerland 1964


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Now, let us look at the list of some of the most important International Organisations present in other locations.

Organisation Headquarters Established
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) New York City, USA  1965
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Nairobi, Kenya  1972
United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) New York City, USA  1969
United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) Nairobi, Kenya  1978
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) New York City, USA  1946
World Food Programme (WFP) Rome, Italy  1961
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Rome, Italy  1945
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Jakarta, Indonesia 1961
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Rome, Italy  1977
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Washington, DC, USA  1944
International Maritime Organization (IMO) London, United Kingdom  1948
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Paris, France  1945
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Vienna, Austria  1966
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Madrid, Spain  1974
Transparency International Berlin, Germany 1993
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) New York 1966
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Jakarta, Indonesia  1967
African Union (AU) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  2002
Amnesty International (AI) London, United Kingdom  1961
Arctic Council Tromso, Norway  1996
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Queenstown, Singapore  1989
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mandaluyong, Philippines  1966
Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Port of Spain, Trinidad, Tobago  1994
Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) Amsterdam, Netherlands  1984
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Dhaka, Bangladesh 1997
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Kathmandu, Nepal 1985
United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Nairobi, Kenya  1972
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Rome, Italy  1945
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, USA  1993
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna, Austria  1997
United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  1975
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Lausanne, Switzerland  1894
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)  Brussels, Belgium 1949
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Paris, France  1961
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Vienna, Austria  1975
Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) Kuwait, Middle East  1968
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Vienna, Austria  1960
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Bangkok, Thailand  1947
International Finance Corporation (IFC) Washington, DC, USA  1956
United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) Turin, Italy  2002
United Nations University (UNU) Tokyo, Japan  1973
UN Women New York City, USA  2010
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria  1957
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) The Hague, Netherlands  1997
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Bonn, Germany  1994
World Bank Washington, DC, USA 1944
Western European Union (WEU) Paris, France  1954
World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) New York City, USA, and

Geneva, Switzerland  

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Gland, Switzerland  1961
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Basel, Switzerland  1930
Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Istanbul, Turkey  1992
Central American Bank for Economic Integration Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1960
Commonwealth Secretariat London, United Kingdom  1965
Council of Europe Strasbourg, France  1949
Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Stockholm, Switzerland  1992
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) London, United Kingdom  1991
European Central Bank (ECB) Frankfurt, Germany  1998
European Space Agency (ESA) Paris, France  1975
European Union (EU) Brussels, Belgium  1993
Group of Eight (G8) New York, USA  1975
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Washington, DC, USA  1959
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria  1957
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Montreal, Canada  1947
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris, France  1919
International Court of Justice (ICJ) The Hague, Netherlands  1945
International Development Association (IDA) Washington, DC, USA  1960


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