A number of international organizations have been set up to deal with issues that concern the world in general, rather than the interests of the individual countries. Here is a list of top 10 international organizations.
1. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The IMF was established in 1944 and promotes world trade. It has 184 member countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., it works to improve the financial condition of its member countries.
2. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The WWF was set up in 1961 and is the world’s largest conservation organization. Its main aim is to protect endangered animals and the placed where they live.
3. World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO is a part of the United Nations. It promotes health matters worldwide and aims to raise medical standards and monitor diseases.
4. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF was set up in 1947. It works to improve the health and welfare of children and mothers in developing countries.
5. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO was set up in 1946. It encourages countries to get together on matters such as education, culture, and science.
6. World Bank
This international financial institution was founded in 1944 which works on reducing poverty. It helps developing countries by giving loans.
7. World Trade Organization (WTO)
The Swiss-based WTO encourages international trade by establishing trade agreements between countries. With 153 member countries and consisting more than 97% of entire world trade, it propagates the international trade policies.
8. Group of 8 (G8)
The Group of 8 is made up of the world’s leading industrial countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, and Russia). The heads of the G8 countries meet each year to discuss global issues such as world poverty and security.
9. United Nations (UN)
The UN was founded in 1945. Most countries of the world – a total of 191, are members. The general assembly of UN makes the decision about peacekeeping and human rights.
10. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
The NATO was founded in 1949 in Washington. The foreign ministers of 10 countries signed a defense treaty that committed to helping each other in the event of an attack. There are now 26 country members with headquarters in Belgium.