International Development Organizations (Acronyms)

International Development Organizations and Groups (Acronyms)


0000249CIA 920120 CIA World Factbook 1991


ABEDA    Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
ACC      Arab Cooperation Council
ACCT     Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation
ACP      African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries
AfDB     African Development Bank
AFESD    Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
AG       Andean Group
AL       Arab League
ALADI    Asociacion Latinoamericana de Integracion; see Latin
           American Integration Association (LAIA)
AMF      Arab Monetary Fund
AMU      Arab Maghreb Union
ANZUS    Australia-New Zealand-United States Security Treaty
APEC     Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
AsDB     Asian Development Bank
ASEAN    Association of Southeast Asian Nations

BAD      Banque Africaine de Developpement;
           see African Development Bank (AfDB)
BADEA    Banque Arabe de Developpement Economique en Afrique;
           see Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (ABEDA)
BCIE     Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economico; see Central
           American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE)
BDEAC    Banque de Developpment des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale; see
           Central African States Development Bank (BDEAC)
Benelux  Benelux Economic Union
BID      Banco Interamericano de Desarvollo; see Inter-American
           Development Bank (IADB)
BIS      Bank for International Settlements
BOAD     Banque Ouest-Africaine de Developpement; see West African
           Development Bank (WADB)

C        Commonwealth
CACM     Central American Common Market
CAEU     Council of Arab Economic Unity
CARICOM  Caribbean Community and Common Market
CCC      Customs Cooperation Council
CDB      Caribbean Development Bank
CE       Council of Europe
CEAO     Communaute Economique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest; see West
           African Economic Community (CEAO)
CEEAC    Communaute Economique des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale; see
           Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC)
CEMA     Council for Mutual Economic Assistance; also known as CMEA or
           Comecon; abolished 1 January 1991
CEPGL    Communaute Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs; see Economic
           Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL)
CERN     Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire; see European
           Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
CG       Contadora Group
CMEA     Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CEMA); also known as
           Comecon; abolished 1 January 1991
COCOM    Coordinating Committee on Export Controls
Comecon  Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CEMA); also known as
           CMEA; abolished 1 January 1991
CP       Colombo Plan
CSCE     Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe

DC       developed country

EADB     East African Development Bank
EBRD     European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
EC       European Community
ECA      Economic Commission for Africa
ECAFE    Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East; see Economic and
           Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
ECE      Economic Commission for Europe
ECLA     Economic Commission for Latin America; see Economic Commission
           for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
ECLAC    Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
ECOSOC   Economic and Social Council
ECOWAS   Economic Community of West African States
ECWA     Economic Commission for Western Asia; see Economic and Social
           Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
EFTA     European Free Trade Association
EIB      European Investment Bank
Entente  Council of the Entente
ESA      European Space Agency
ESCAP    Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
ESCWA    Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

FAO      Food and Agriculture Organization
FLS      Front Line States
FZ       Franc Zone

G-2      Group of 2
G-3      Group of 3
G-5      Group of 5
G-6      Group of 6 (not to be confused with the Big Six)
G-7      Group of 7
G-8      Group of 8
G-9      Group of 9
G-10     Group of 10
G-11     Group of 11
G-19     Group of 19
G-24     Group of 24
G-30     Group of 30
G-33     Group of 33
G-77     Group of 77
GATT     General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GCC      Gulf Cooperation Council

Habitat  see United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS)

IADB     Inter-American Development Bank
IAEA     International Atomic Energy Agency
IBEC     International Bank for Economic Cooperation
IBRD     International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ICAO     International Civil Aviation Organization
ICC      International Chamber of Commerce
ICEM     Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration; see
           International Organization for Migration (IOM)
ICFTU    International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
ICJ      International Court of Justice
ICM      Intergovernmental Committee for Migration; see
           International Organization for Migration (IOM)
ICRC     International Committee of the Red Cross
IDA      International Development Association
IDB      Islamic Development Bank
IEA      International Energy Agency
IFAD     International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC      International Finance Corporation
IGADD    Inter-Governmental Authority on Drought and Development
IIB      International Investment Bank
ILO      International Labor Organization
IMCO     Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization; see
           International Maritime Organization (IMO)
IMF      International Monetary Fund
IMO      International Maritime Organization
INMARSAT International Maritime Satellite Organization
INTELSAT International Telecommunications Satellite Organization
INTERPOL International Criminal Police Organization
IOC      International Olympic Committee
IOM      International Organization for Migration
ISO      International Organization for Standardization
ITU      International Telecommunication Union

LAES     Latin American Economic System
LAIA     Latin American Integration Association
LAS      League of Arab States; see Arab League (AL)
LDC      less developed country
LLDC     least developed country
LORCS    League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

NAM      Nonaligned Movement
NATO     North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NC       Nordic Council
NEA      Nuclear Energy Agency
NIB      Nordic Investment Bank
NIC      newly industrializing country; see newly industrializing
           economy (NIE)
NIE      newly industrializing economy

OAPEC    Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries
OAS      Organization of American States
OAU      Organization of African Unity
OECD     Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OECS     Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
OIC      Organization of the Islamic Conference
OPANAL   Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America
           and the Caribbean
OPEC     Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

PCA      Permanent Court of Arbitration

RG       Rio Group

SAARC    South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
SACU     Southern African Customs Union
SADCC    Southern African Development Coordination Conference
SELA     Sistema Economico Latinoamericana; see Latin American Economic
           System (LAES)
SPC      South Pacific Commission
SPF      South Pacific Forum

UDEAC    Union Douaniere et Economique de l'Afrique Centrale; see
           Central African Customs and Economic Union (UDEAC)
UN       United Nations
UNAVEM   United Nations Angola Verification Mission
UNCHS    United National Center for Human Settlements (also
           known as Habitat)
UNCTAD   United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDOF    United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
UNDP     United Nations Development Program
UNEP     United Nations Environment Program
UNESCO   United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
UNFICYP  United Nations Force in Cyprus
UNFPA    United Nations Fund for Population Activities; see UN 
           Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNHCR    United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF   United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; see
           United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UNIDO    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIFIL   United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
UNIIMOG  United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group
UNMOGIP  United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
UNRWA    United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
           in the Near East
UNTSO    United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
UPU      Universal Postal Union
USSR/EE  USSR/Eastern Europe

WADB     West African Development Bank
WCL      World Confederation of Labor
WEU      Western European Union
WFC      World Food Council
WFP      World Food Program
WFTU     World Federation of Trade Unions
WHO      World Health Organization
WIPO     World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO      World Meteorological Organization
WP       Warsaw Pact (members met 1 July 1991 to dissolve the alliance)
WTO      World Tourism Organization

note: not all international organizations and groups have abbreviations

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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