UN System

The United Nations is part of the United Nations system, which includes not only the United Nations but also a number of funds, programs and specialized agencies, each with its own sphere of activity, its own governance and its own budget. . Programs and funds are funded on a voluntary basis and not by estimated contributions. Specialized organizations are independent international organizations funded by voluntary contributions and assessed. The United Nations coordinates with the various units of the United Nations system that work with the organization to achieve its objectives.

Funds and Programs


Headquarters: New York City, USA

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) helps some 170 countries and territories eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience so countries can move forward. As the United Nations Development Program, UNDP plays a vital role in achieving countries’ sustainable development goals.


Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya

Founded in 1972, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is the voice of the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and mediator to promote the wise use of the global environment and sustainable development.


Headquarters: New York City, USA

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a leading United Nations organization committed to saving a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person thrives.


Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya

The mission of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) is to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of human settlements and to build a suitable refuge for all.


Headquarters: New York City, USA

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, protect their rights and help them reach their full potential from childhood to adolescence.


Headquarters: Rome, Italy

The World Food Program aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. Each year, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, WFP, helps nearly 100 million people in nearly 88 countries through food, cash distributions and more. The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

UN Specialized Agencies

United Nations Special Organizations are autonomous international organizations cooperating with the United Nations. Everyone has had talks with the United Nations. Some existed before the First World War. Some were members of the League of Nations. Others were founded around the same time as the United Nations. Others were created by the United Nations to meet new needs.


Headquarters: Rome, Italy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to fight hunger. It is a forum for dialogue between developing and developed countries and a source of technical knowledge and information to support development.


Headquarters: Montreal, Canada

The International Civil Aviation Organization develops standards for global aviation and helps its 192 member states share global airspace for their social-economic benefits.


Headquarters: Rome, Italy

Since its inception in 1977, the International Fund for Agricultural Development has worked with the rural poor in developing countries to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition, with particular emphasis on rural poverty reduction. increase their productivity and income and improve their quality of life.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The International Labor Organization promotes international labor law by formulating international standards for freedom of association, collective bargaining, the abolition of forced labor, and equality of opportunity and treatment.


Headquarters: Washington, DC, USA

The International Monetary Fund encourages growth and jobs by providing temporary financial assistance to countries to facilitate balance of payments adjustments and technical assistance. The IMF currently owes $ 28 billion in debt to 74 countries.


Headquarters: London, United Kingdom

The International Maritime Organization has established a comprehensive regulatory framework to deal with navigation, safety and environmental issues, legal issues, technical cooperation, safety and efficiency.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The International Telecommunication Union is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. He is committed to connecting all the people of the world – wherever they live and whatever their potential. Through our work, we defend and respect the fundamental right of everyone to communicate


Headquarters: Paris, France

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization focuses on everything from training teachers to improving education around the world to protecting the world’s important historical and cultural sites. whole.


Headquarters: Vienna, Austria

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.


Headquarters: Madrid, Spain

The World Tourism Organization is a United Nations agency responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism.


Headquarters: Bern, Switzerland

The Universal Postal Union is the main platform for cooperation between postal agents. This ensures a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Organization is the governing and coordinating body of the international health organizations of the United Nations system. WHO aims to achieve the highest possible standard of health for all. Health, as defined in the WHO Constitution, is full physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of disease or disability.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The World Intellectual Property Organization protects intellectual property around the world through 23 international agreements.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Among other things, the World Meteorological Organization facilitates the free international exchange of meteorological data and information and the promotion of their use in aviation, navigation, safety and agriculture.

World Bank

Headquarters: Washington, DC, USA

The World Bank is focused on reducing poverty and improving living standards around the world, including providing low-interest loans, interest-free loans and grants to developing countries for the education, health care, infrastructure and communications. The World Bank serves more than 100 countries.
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) *
International Development Association (IDA)
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

  • The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) are not specialized bodies under Articles 57 and 63 of the Charter, but belong to the Group of World Bank.

Other Entities and Bodies


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) guides and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS brings together the efforts of 11 United Nations organizations – UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank – with global and national efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. end. closely with partners. within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protects refugees around the world and facilitates their return or resettlement.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research is a voluntary and autonomous agency of the United Nations. As an impartial partner, the Institute generates ideas and promotes disarmament and security measures. UNIDIR brings together countries, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia to work together – at the international, regional and local levels – to create and implement creative solutions that benefit all countries and communities. all peoples.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Founded in 1963, the autonomous United Nations, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, is a United Nations training institution mandated to increase the effectiveness of the United Nations through diplomatic training and to raise awareness, educate and train. Army officer.


Headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark

The mission of the United Nations Office for Project Services is to help people improve their lives and help countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS helps the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects and effectively deliver sustainable infrastructure and supplies.


Headquarters: Turin, Italy

The United Kingdom System Headquarters College is a study body for the United Nations system. Designs and delivers training programs for staff and associates of the United Nations system. It will help the United Nations become more effective by promoting a common culture of governance throughout the system.


Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

The United Nations General Assembly established the United Nations University to study global challenges to human existence, development and prosperity. Today, the university has 14 research and training institutes in 12 countries. As a think tank for the United Nations system, UNU provides high quality documented research and practical advice to policy makers.

UN Women

Headquarters: New York City, USA

UN Women participates in and builds on important work from the previous four distinct parts of the United Nations system, which have specifically focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Related Organizations


Headquarters: Vienna, Austria

The Preparatory Committee for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization encourages the adoption of a Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (not yet in force) and a Treaty verification regime. . .


Headquarters: Vienna, Austria

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the center of global nuclear cooperation. The agency works with its member states and many partners around the world to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

International Organization for Migration to ensure appropriate and humanitarian management of migration, promote international cooperation on migration, help find practical solutions to the challenges of migration and provide humanitarian assistance to people in need, including people internally displaced.


Headquarters: The Hague, Netherlands

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. OPCW member states are working together to a world free of chemical weapons.


Headquarters: Bonn, Germany

The UNFCCC Secretariat was established in 1992 with the approval of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Following the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and the Paris Agreement in 2015, the parties to these three agreements gradually reaffirmed the role of the Secretariat as the United Nations body responsible for supporting the global response to the threat. of climate change.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The WTO is a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements and a place where member governments try to resolve trade issues among themselves.


Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

The International Trade Center (ITC) is the only development organization fully committed to supporting the internationalization of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Founded in 1964, ITC is a joint service of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.