World Bank World Bank Group

The World Bank Group’s (World Bank) mission is to eliminate poverty and assist people by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

WHO World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. Since its founding in 1948, WHO has been responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. 

ILO International Labour Organization

The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work.

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) contributes to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. Founded in 1945, UNESCO’s Constitution outlines the organization’s purpose.

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WFP World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides and ensures food security in emergency and post-emergency situations. Established in 1962, WFP works with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to promote a world in which every man, woman, and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.

UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.7 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East through education, health, relief and social services both in times of stability and conflict.

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund

Established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1973, the UNFPA promotes development and poverty reduction policies and programmes through the use of population data. Its work operates around the two frameworks: the International Conference on Population and Development's Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Established in 1978 and mandated by General Assembly Resolution, A/56/206, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) aims to provide adequate and sustainable shelter for all. The Programme pursues this goal through monitoring and research, policy development, capacity building, and financing housing and urban development.

UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.

UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Established in 1964, UNCTAD shapes policy debates and thinking on development by serving as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations as well as a knowledge-based institution for research, data collection, and policy analysis on development issues. Through these functions, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of countries into the world economy.