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An Agency or Organisation that is a part of the United Nations (UN) system is known as a UN Agency

Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

The UN System

The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. Day in and day out, the UN and its family of organizations work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease and reduce poverty. UN agencies define the standards for safe and efficient air travel and help improve telecommunications and enhance consumer protection. The United Nations leads the international campaigns against drug trafficking and terrorism. Throughout the world, the UN and its agencies assist refugees, set up programmes to clear landmines, help expand food production and lead the fight against AIDS.

List of Agencies in the UN System

Following are some of the organisations that are part of the UN System. (This list is not exhaustive) : FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), ILO (International Labour Organization), IMF (International Monetary Fund), IMO (International Maritime Organization), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), UNIDO (UN Industrial Development Organization), UPU (Universal Postal Union), WHO (World Health Organization), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), World Bank Group, WMO (World Meteorological Organization), WTO (World Tourism Organization), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), World Food Programme (WFP)

Contact Information

UN Public Inquiries Unit (Room GA-53, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA; e-mail: inquiries@un.org; Website: http://www.un.org/aroundworld/unics/english/directory.htm

For information on the UN System, check http://www.unsystem.org/


Agency WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See also

UN Agency

External Resources


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