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ABEDA Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa; Banque Arabe de Developpement
Economique en Afrique (BADEA)
ACC Arab Cooperation Council
ACCT Agency for the French-Speaking Community; now OIF
ACP African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States
ADB Asian Development Bank
AfDB African Development Bank; Banque Africaine de Developpement (BAD)
AFESD Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
AG Australia Group, est.1985
AL Arab League, also known as League of Arab States (LAS)
AMF Arab Monetary Fund
AMU Arab Maghreb Union
ANT Antarctic Treaty
ANZUS Australia-New Zealand-United States Security Treaty
APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APM (Anti-Personnel Mine Convention/Mine-Ban Convention) Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction
ARF ASEAN Regional Forum
ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
AU African Union
BCIE Central American Bank for Economic Integration;
Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economico
BDEAC Central African States Development Bank; Banque de Developpement
des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale
Benelux Benelux Economic Union
BIS Bank for International Settlements
BSEC Black Sea Economic Cooperation Zone
BTWC Biological (Biologic) and Toxin Weapons Convention
C The Commonwealth, formerly the known as the British Commonwealth
CACM Central American Common Market
CAEU Council of Arab Economic Unity
CAN Andean Community of Nations, formerly known as the Andean Group (AG)
CAP Central American Parliament; Parlamento Centroamericano (Parlacen)
Caricom Caribbean Community and Common Market
CBSS Council of the Baltic Sea States
CCC Customs Cooperation Council, now known as World Customs Organization
CDB Caribbean Development Bank
CE Council of Europe
CEEAC Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); Communaute Economique des Etats d’Afrique Centrale (CEEAC) est.18 Oct 1983, inactive 1992-1999.
CEI Central European Initiative
CEMAC Monetary and Economic Community of Central Africa; formerly the Central African Customs and Economic Union (UDEAC)
CENTO Central Treaty Organization, also know as Middle East
Treaty Organization or MENTO (dissolved 1979)
CMEA Council for Mutual Economic Assistance;
also known as CEMA or Comecon (dissolved 1991)
CEPGL Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries; Communaute Economique
des Pays des Grands Lacs (CEPGL)
CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
COMESA Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
CP Colombo Plan
CPLP Community of Portuguese Language Countries; Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP)
CSCE Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; now OSCE
CSN South American Community of Nations; Comunidad Sudamericana de Naciones,
Comunidade Sul-Americana de Nações (CSN) est. 9 Dec 2004
CTBT Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
DC Danube Commission est.18 Aug 1948 (dissolved 1990)
EAC East African Community
EADB East African Development Bank
EAPC Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council; began as the North Atlantic Cooperation
Council (NACC)
EAS East Asia Summit; est.14 Dec 2005
EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ECO Economic Cooperation Organization
ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States
EFTA European Free Trade Association
EIB European Investment Bank
ENMOD (Environmental Modification Treaty) Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any
Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques
EU European Union, evolved from the European Community (EC)
EURASEC Eurasian Economic Community
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
G-3 Group of 3
G-6 Group of 6, also known as Groupe des Six Sur le Desarmement
G-8 Group of 8
G-9 Group of 9
G-10 Group of 10, also known as the Paris Club
G-11 Group of 11, also known as the Cartagena Group
G-15 Group of 15
G-19 Group of 19 (held several sessions 1975-1977)
G-24 Group of 24
G-30 Group of 30
G-33 Group of 33
G-77 Group of 77
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; now WTO
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as the Cooperation Council for the
Arab States of the Gulf
GUUAM Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova group of states
(Uzbekistan withdrew 2005)
IADB Inter-American Development Bank; Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID)
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IBEC International Bank for Economic Cooperation
IBRD International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, also known as
the World Bank
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
ICC International Chamber of Commerce
ICCt International Criminal Court
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
ICFTU International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
ICJ International Court of Justice also called the World Court; formerly PCIJ (1922-1946).
ICPC International Criminal Police Commission; from 1956
International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol)
ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRM International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
IDA International Development Association
IDB Islamic Development Bank
IEA International Energy Agency
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC International Finance Corporation
IFCTU International Federation of Christian Trade Unions (1920-1968), from 1968 WCL
IFRCS International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; formerly LORCS
IGAD Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, formerly
Inter-Governmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD)
IHO International Hydrographic Organization
IIB International Investment Bank
ILO International Labor Organization
IMF International Monetary Fund
IMO International Maritime Organization (from 1982), 1958-1982 Intergovernmental
Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO); also acronym (1873 - 1951) for
International Meteorological Organization, now WMO
Inmarsat International Mobile Satellite Organization
InOC Indian Ocean Commission
Intelsat International Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Interpol International Criminal Police Organization; formerly
International Criminal Police Commission (1923-1956)
IOC International Olympic Committee
IOM International Organization for Migration; 1952-1980 Intergovernmental Committe
for European Migration (ICEM); 1980-1989 Intergovernmental Committee for
Migration (ICM)
ISO International Organization for Standardization (members, subscribers, and
ITU International Telecommunication Union
KP Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCC)
LAES Latin American Economic System; Sistema Economico Latinoamericana
LAIA Latin American Integration Association; Asociacion Latinoamericana de
Integracion (ALADI)
LORCS League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (1919-1991); from 1991 IFRCS
LU Latin Union; Unión Latina; Union Latine; Unione Latina; União Latina;
Uniunea Latin; Unió Llatina; est. 1983
Mercosur Southern Cone Common Market; Mercado Comun del Cono Sur
MIGA Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency; est.12 Apr 1988
MTCR Missile Technology Control Regime
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement; est. 17 Dec 1992
NAM Non-Aligned Movement
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NC Nordic Council
NEA Nuclear Energy Agency, also known as OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
NIB Nordic Investment Bank
NPT Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty
NSG Nuclear Suppliers Group, also known as the London Suppliers Group
NTBT Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; in full the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests
in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water, also called the Limited
Test Ban Treaty
OAPEC Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries
OAS Organization of American States
OAU Organization of African Unity; now AU
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, formerly the
Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)
OECS Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
OIC Organization of the Islamic Conference
OIF International Organization of the Francophonie; Organisation Internationale
du Francophonie (OIF)
OPCW Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
OPNAL Organization for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and
the Caribbean; Organismo para la Proscripcion de las Armas Nucleares
en la America Latina y el Caribe (OPNAL)
OSCE Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
PC Pacific Community
PCA Permanent Court of Arbitration
PCIJ Permanent Court of International Justice (1922-1946), from 1946 ICJ
PFP NATO Partnership for Peace
PIF Pacific Islands Forum
RG Rio Group, formerly known as Grupo de los Ocho
SAARC South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
SACEP South Asia Co-operative Environment Program
SACU Southern African Customs Union
SADC Southern African Development Community
SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organization
SEATO South East Asia Treaty Organization (dissolved 1977)
SEGIB Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat; Secretaría de Cooperación
Iberoamericana (SEGIB)
SPC South Pacific Commission; now PC
SPF South Pacific Forum; now PIF
UDEAC Central African Customs and Economic Union; Union Douaniere et Economique
de l'Afrique Centrale; now CEMAC
UIBPIP United International Bureau for the Protection of Intellectual Property (1892-1953)from 1967 WIPO
UN United Nations
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDP United Nations Development Program
UNEP United Nations Environment Program
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
UNFCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF United Nations Children's Fund
UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
UN Security Council United Nations Security Council permanent members
UPU Universal Postal Union
WADP West African Development Bank; Banque Ouest-Africaine de Developpement
WAEMU West African Economic and Monetary Union; Union Economique et Monetaire
Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)
WCL World Confederation of Labor; until 1968 International Federation of Christian
Trade Unions (IFCTU)
WCO World Customs Organization
WEU Western European Union
WFC World Food Council
WFP World Food Program
WFTU World Federation of Trade Unions
WHO World Health Organization
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WP Warsaw Pact, also known as Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO) (dissolved 1991)
WTO World Trade Organization
WToO World Tourism Organization
ZC Zangger Committee



Update 10-08-12



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