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Other International Organisations :

International OrganisationNotes
The Common Wealth
  • It was originally known as ‘The British Commonwealth of Nations’. It is an association of sovereign and independent states which formally made up the British Empire.
  • Headquarters: London.
  • Members: 53
  • The British Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II) is the symbolic head of the commonwealth.
  • Commonwealth heads of government meet (CHOGM) is held in every 2 years.
Arab League
  • Established: March 22, 1945.
  • Objective: To promote economic, social, political and military cooperation.
  • Members: 22
  • Headquarters: Cairo
Asia Public Economic Corporation (APEC)
  • Established: Nov, 1989
  • Objective: To promote trade and investment in the Pacific basin.
  • Members: 21
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Established: Dec. 19, 1966
  • Objective: To promote regional economic cooperation.
  • Members: 68 countries
  • Headquarters: Manila
Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Established: Aug. 8, 1967
  • Objective: Regional, economic, social and cultural cooperation among the non-communist countries of South-East Asia.
  • Members: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia.
  • Headquarters: Djakarta.
Common Wealth of Independent States (CIS)
  • Established: Dec. 8, 1991
  • Objective: To coordinate inter-common wealth relations and to provide a mechanism for the orderly dissolution on the USSR.
  • Members: 9
  • Headquarters: Kirava (Belarus)
Group of 8 or G-8
  • Established: Sept. 22, 1985
  • Objective: To promote co-operation among major non-communist economic powers.
  • Members: France, Germany, Japan, UK, US, Canada, Italy, European Union, Russia (suspended).
Group of 15 or G-15
  • Established: 1889
  • Objective: To promote economic co-operation among developing nations.
  • Members: 17
Group of 77 or G-77
  • Established: Oct. 1967
  • Objective: To promote economic co-operation among developing nations.
  • Members: 134
International Criminal Police Organization For (INTERPOL)
  • Established: 1914
  • Objective: To promote the international cooperation among criminal police authorities.
  • Members: 194
  • Headquarters: France.
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Established: June 23, 1894
  • Objective: To promote the Olympic ideals and administer Olympic Games.
  • Members: 105 active members, 45 honorary members, 2 honour members (Senegal and United States), 206 individual National Olympic Committees
  • Headquarters: Switzerland.
International Organization For Standardization (ISO)
  • Established: Feb., 1947
  • Objective: To promote development of international standards.
  • Members: 164
  • Headquarters: Switzerland.
International Red Cross And Crescent Movement
  • Established: 1928
  • Objective: To promote worldwide humanitarian aid.
  • Headquarters: Geneva.
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
  • Established: Sep., 1961
  • Objective: Political co-operation and separate itself from both USA and USSR (in the cold-war era).
  • Members: 120 member states; 17 states (observers); 10 international organisations
  • The credit of evolving the concept goes to Pt. Jawahar lal Nehru. The other contributors were Marshal Tito (President of Yugoslavia), Dr. Sukamo (President of Indonesia) and General Nasser (President of Egypt). Bandung conference in Indonesia became the forum for the birth of NAM.
European Union
  • Established: Apr.8, 1965. Effective on July 1, 1967
  • Objective: To create a united Europe in which member countries would have such strong economic and political bonds that war would cease to be a recurring fact.
  • Members: 28
  • Headquarters: Brussels (Belgium). The common European, currency, Euro, was launched on Jan. 1, 1999
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Established: April 4, 1949
  • Objective: Mutual defense and cooperation
  • Members: 29
  • Headquarters: Brussels
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • Established: Sept,1959
  • Objective: Attempts to set world prices by controlling oil production and also persues member interest in trade and development.
  • Members: 14 ( Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Saudi Arabia (the de facto leader), United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.).
  • Headquarters: Vienna (Austria).
South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
  • Established: Dec. 8, 1985
  • Objective: To promote economic, social and cultural cooperation.
  • Members: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka, Afghanistan.
  • Headquarters: Katmandu.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Established: Oct. 11, 1947, Effective from April 4, 1951.
  • Objective: Specialized UN Agency concerned with meteorological cooperation.
  • Members: 193
  • Headquarters: Geneva
Amnesty International (AI)
  • Established: 1961
  • Objective: To keep a watch over human rights violation worldwide.
  • Headquarters: London
  • Got Nobel Prize in 1977 for Peace.
Organization Of The Islamic Conference (OIC)
  • Established: 1969
  • Objective: To promote Islamic solidarity among member states and to consolidate cooperation among members.
  • Members: 57
  • Headquarters: Saudi Arabia.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
  • Established: June 7, 2002.
  • Objective: To develop mutual cooperation.
  • Members: Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrghiztan and Tajikistan.
Scouts and Guides
  • Established: 1907 by Lt. Gen. Baden Powell.
  • Objective: To encourage good character, loyalty to god and country, service to other people and physical and mental fitness.
  • Members: About 13 million members of around 115 nations.
  • World Scouts Bureau: Geneva (Switzerland).
World Wildlife Fund For Nature (WWF)
  • Established: Sept. 11, 1961
  • Objective: To save the wildlife from extinction
  • Members: All the countries of the world
  • Headquarters: Gland (Switzerland)


Last updated on: 21/10/2019

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