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Important International Organizations And Their Headquarters

Dear aspirants, here all the important International Organisations with their headquarters are given for your competitive government examinations such as IAS UPSC, Railway, Banking, SSC, CGL, etc. You need to remember all the short and full forms of all important international organizations.

Read: GK> Countries with Their Capital and Currency Name – List [PDF]

Here I have also included a set of multiple-choice questions or MCQs from International Organisations with answers. Do not forget to take a quiz.

# Important List of International organizations Abbreviation Headquarters Date of Establishment

 Abbreviation  Full-Form of International Organizations Headquarters Established
 UNO United Nations Organisation New York 1945
 UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation Paris 1945
 UNICEF United Nations children’s’ Fund New York 1945
  World Bank Washington DC 1944
 IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna 1957
  International Court Of Justice Hague 1945
 FAO Food and Agricultural Organisation Rome 1945
 NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Brussels, Belgium 1949
 ASEAN Association of South-East Asian Nations Jakarta, Indonesia 1967
 WHO World Health Organisation Geneva 1948
 WTO World Trade Organisation Geneva 1995
 IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature Gland, Switzerland 1948
 ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Los Angeles 1998
 CN Commonwealth of Nations London 1931
 APEC Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Singapore 1989
 WEF World Economic Forum Geneva 1971
 OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Paris 1961
 UNDP United Nations Development Program New York 1965
 IRC International Rescue Committee New York 1933
 ADB Asian Development BankManila, Philippines 1966

Note: The above table provides very very important organizations with full form HQ and year. However, if you are preparing for the govt job competitive exam, then the table given above is sufficient to remember. Basically, the questions of these types are subject to current events. For example, a remarkable event happens in a country, then the question coming into an exam regarding that country has a greater chance.

Read: GK> Significant Battles / Wars In The World History

There are few more international organizations in the world that are not included or updated in this list. We just have mentioned those which are more important for competitive exams.

Here, we have categorized the international organizations as various departments, so that readers can easily remember them.

United Nation Organizations Full-Forms Headquarters

 Abbreviation Organizations Name Full-FormHeadquartersCountryEstablished
UNUnited NationsNew YorkUSA1945
FAOFood and Agriculture OrganizationRomeItaly1945
ILOInternational Labour OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland1919
ICAOInternational Civil Aviation OrganizationMontrealCanada1947
IMOInternational Maritime OrganizationLondonUnited Kingdom1959
UNHCRUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees GenevaSwitzerland1950
UNAIDSJoint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDSGenevaSwitzerland1996
UNAECUnited Nations Atomic Energy CommissionNew York USA1946
UNCDFUnited Nations Capital Development FundNew York USA 
UNICEFUnited Nations Children’s FundNew YorkUSA1946
UNDPUnited Nations Development ProgrammeNew YorkUSA1965
UNESCOUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ParisFrance1946
UNEPUnited Nations Environment ProgrammeNairobiKenya1972
UN-HabitatUnited Nations Human Settlements ProgrammeNairobiKenya1978
UNIDOUnited Nations Industrial Development OrganizationViennaAustria1985
UNISDRUnited Nations International Strategy for Disaster ReductionGenevaSwitzerland2000
UNODCUnited Nations Office on Drugs and CrimeViennaAustria1997
UPUUniversal Postal UnionBernSwitzerland1874
WHOWorld Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland1948
WIPOWorld Intellectual Property OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland1967
WFPWorld Food ProgrammeRomeItaly1961
WMOWorld Meteorological OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland1950
UNWTOWorld Tourism OrganizationMadridSpain1957
IRCInternational Rescue CommitteeNew YorkUSA1933
IAEAInternational Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria1957
ITUInternational Telecommunication UnionGenevaSwitzerland1947
OHCHROffice of the High Commissioner for Human RightsGenevaSwitzerland1993

List of Political/Economic Organizations

AbbreviationOrganizations NameHeadquartersCountryFormation
EUEuropean UnionBrusselsBelgium1958
ACPAfrican, Caribbean and Pacific Group of StatesBrusselsBelgium1975
AUAfrican UnionJohannesburgSouth Africa2001y
CANAndean CommunityLimaPeru1969
LASLeague of Arab StatesCairoEgypt1905y
AMUArab Maghreb UnionRabatMorocco1956
APECAsia-Pacific Economic CooperationSingapore1905y
ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian NationsJakartaIndonesia1967
CARICOMCaribbean CommunityGeorgetownGuyana1973
PARLACENCentral American ParliamentGuatemala1980
COMESACommon Market of East and Southern AfricaLusakaZambia1994
CoNCommonwealth of Nations   (British)LondonUnited Kingdom1926
CISCommonwealth of Independent States (Russian)MoscowRussia1991
CoECouncil of EuropeStrasbourgFrance1949
EACEast African CommunityArusha1967
ECOWASEconomic Community of West African StatesAbujaNigeria1975
EFTAEuropean Free Trade AssociationGenevaSwitzerland1960
GCCGulf Cooperation CouncilRiyadhSaudi Arab1981
IOCIndian Ocean CommissionPort Louis, Mauritius1982
NAMNon-Aligned MovementNew YorkUSA1961
NCNordic CouncilCopenhagenDenmark1952
OECDOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentParisFrance1948
OSCEOrganization for Security and Co-operation in EuropeViennaAustria1973
OASOrganization of American StatesWashington, D.C.USA1948
OECSOrganisation of Eastern Caribbean StatesSaint Lucia1981
OICOrganisation of Islamic Cooperation JeddahSaudi Arabia1969
SPCSecretariat of the Pacific CommunityNouméaNew Caledonia1947
PIFPacific Islands ForumSuvaFiji1971
SAARCSouth Asian Association for Regional CooperationKathmanduNepal1985
SADCSouthern African Development CommunityGaboroneBotswana1992
USANUnion of South American NationsQuitoEcuador2004
UNPOUnrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization The HagueNetherlands1991
WTOWorld Trade OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland1995
ESCAPEconomic and Social Commission for Asia and the PacificBangkokThailand1947

Military Organizations Headquarters Abbreviation

AbbreviationOrganizations NameHeadquartersCountryFormation
NATONorth Atlantic Treaty OrganisationBrusselsBelgium1949
ESDPEuropean Security and Defence PolicyParisFrance 1999
SCOShanghai Cooperation OrganisationBeijingChina1996
CSTOCollective Security Treaty Organization MoscowRussia1992
PSCPeace and Security CouncilAddis AbabaSouth Africa 2004

Financial Organizations Headquarters Abbreviation

AbbreviationOrganizations NameHeadquartersCountryFormation
WBWorld BankWashingtonUSA1944
AfDBAfrican Development BankAbidjanCôte d’Ivoire1963
ADBAsian Development BankMetro ManilaPhilippines1966
EBRDEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentLondonUnited Kingdom1991
IDBInter-American Development BankWashingtonUSA1959
IMFInternational Monetary FundWashingtonUSA1945
IDBIslamic Development BankJeddahSaudi Arabia1973
IFADInternational Fund for Agricultural DevelopmentRomeItaly1977
BISBank for International SettlementsBaselSwitzerland1930
BSTDBBlack Sea Trade and Development BankThessalonikiGreece1997
CDBCaribbean Development BankBridgetownBarbados1969
NDFNordic Development FundHelsinkiFinland1989
NIBNordic Investment BankHelsinkiFinland1970
ECBEuropean Central BankFrankfurtGermany1998

Sports Federations Organizations Headquarters Abbreviation

AbbreviationOrganizations NameHeadquartersCountryFormation
AFCAsian Football ConfederationKuala LumpurMalaysia1954
CAFConfederation of African Football Giza .Egypt1957
CONCACAFConfederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football FloridaU.S1961
CONMEBOLSouth American Football ConfederationLuqueParaguay1916
OFCOceania Football ConfederationAucklandNew Zealand1966
UEFAUnion of European Football AssociationsNyonSwitzerland1954
FIDEWorld Chess Federation(Fédération Internationale des Échecs )AthensGreece1924
FIFAInternational Federation of Association Football (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)ZürichSwitzerland1904
ICCInternational Cricket CouncilDubaiUAE1909
IOCInternational Olympic CommitteeLausanneSwitzerland1894
IPCInternational Paralympic CommitteeBonnGermany1989
IRFBWorld Rugby(International Rugby Football Board)DublinIreland1886
CGFCommonwealth Games FederationLondonUK1930
ITFInternational Tennis FederationLondonUK1913
BWFBadminton World FederationKuala LumpurMalaysia1934
FIHInternational Hockey FederationLausanneSwitzerland1924

SPACE Organizations Headquarters Abbreviation

AbbreviationOrganizations NameHeadquartersFormation
ESAEuropean Space AgencyParisFrance1975
ISROIndian Space Research OrganisationBangaloreIndia1969
NASANational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashingtonUSA1958
UKSAUnited Kingdom Space Agency SwindonWiltshire2010
CNSAChina National Space AdministrationBeijingChina1993
RoscosmosRussian Federal Space AgencyMoscowRussia1992
CNESFrench Space AgencyParisFrance1961
JAXAJapan Aerospace Exploration AgencyTokyoJapan2003
DLRGerman Aerospace CenterCologneGermany1969
ASIItalian Space AgencyRomeItaly1988

Few More Important Organization Headquarters Full-Forms

AbbreviationOrganizations NameHeadquartersCountryFormation
CLMBPColombo PlanColombo, Sri Lanka1950
ATSAntarctic Treaty SystemWashingtonUSA1959
IGADIntergovernmental Authority on DevelopmentDjibouti CityDjibouti1986
ICRCInternational Committee of the Red CrossGeneva, Switzerland1863
ICJInternational Court of JusticeThe Hague, Netherlands1945
ICCInternational Criminal Court The Hague, Netherlands1998
INTERPOLInternational Criminal Police OrganizationLyon, France1923
IFRCInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesGeneva, Switzerland1919
IOMInternational Organization for Migration Geneva, SwitzerlandSwitzerland1951
ICMPDInternational Centre for Migration Policy DevelopmentVienna, Austria1993
OPCWOrganisation for the Prohibition of Chemical WeaponsThe Hague, Netherlands1997
OPECOrganization of the Petroleum Exporting CountriesVienna, Austria1960
WTOWorld Toilet OrganizationSingapore2001

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Why International Organizations headquaters are important?

  • Remembering some international organizations’ headquarters, locations, and abbreviations are useful in the civil service examinations.
  • One has to gain sufficient knowledge to appear as an IAS officer in India.
  • International organizations are important for any competitive exam.


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