Agencies are international instruments that address major issues of economic, social, scientific, and technical cooperation. They frequently provide direct and indirect assistance to public and private sector organizations, conduct research, develop agreements on international standards, monitor implementation of agreements, and promote peaceful relations and sustainable development. Agencies include autonomous and semi-autonomous organizations under the United Nations system. These include funds, programmes, and specialized agencies. Some, like the United Nations Children's Fund, are created by the United Nations, while others, like the World Trade Organization or the Universal Postal Union, are brought into affiliation with the UN after being founded under independent, multilateral agreement. Agencies typically report on their activities to United Nations through the Economic and Social Council and/or the General Assembly. The GA or ECOSOC's oversight authority varies among agencies by their respective instruments of creation.
Seeks to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries while helping them face the challenges of globalization on an equitable basis.
Interagency project coordinating technical assistance and funding for programs on biodiversity, climate change, water, and the ozone.
A cooperative providing computing and communication services to UN agencies on a cost recovery basis.
Prosecuting persons responsible for genocide and other violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda. Established by the Security Council.
Criminal court prosecuting violations of humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia. Established by the Security Council.
Information and resources for IETC, promoting the application of Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs) to address urban environmental problems and the management of freshwater to developing countries.
Joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, acting as the development partner for small business export success, helping developing and transition countries achieve sustainable human development through exports.
Inter-agency project providing information and support services in the fight against acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome.
Online source for refugee-related information, including country profiles, news, maps, publications, teachers' modules, 'Witness' multimedia documentaries and the RefWorld research databases.
Oversees major programs in protecting human rights and implementing international rights agreements.
Junior Professional Officer Programme provides young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation.
An international knowledge base about the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in both developing and industrialized countries.
The Statistics Division is responsible for the collection and dissemination of economic and social statistics and the provision of assistance to Member States in improving their statistical capabilities and in adopting international statistics guidelines and standards.
Works for the survival, development and protection of children, guided in its programmes by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Commission that formulates and regulates international trade in cooperation with the World Trade Organisation.
Promotes environmental understanding, and increases public knowledge about environmental factors and problems of future generations.
Reports, research, and information from UNFCCC.
Promotes partnerships between the UN and the private sector. Requires Flash.
Promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
Implementing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women.
Provides technical and administrative support to other UN programs on a per-project basis.
Information about programme and activities. Also status of the world population.
News and information about operations, policies, publications, appeals and how to help. Includes special reports, questions and answers and video.
Information on drug control and crime prevention. Specific topics include drug abuse and demand reduction; drug supply reduction; crime prevention and criminal justice; treaty and legal affairs, analysis and statistics; news and publications; and links to 22 UNODC field offices.
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