International Organizations and their Headquarters

International Organizations and their Headquarters

In this article we shall see a list of International Organizations and their Headquarters. An international organization is an organization established by a treaty or any other instrument governed by international law and possessing its own legal personality. Questions related to International Organisations and their Headquarters are asked in many competitive examinations such as Banks, SSC, RRB, etc., in the General Awareness section.

International Organizations and their Headquarters 

List of International Organizations and their Headquarters

Sr No International organizations Headquarters
1 Amnesty International London, United Kingdom
2 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Queenstown, Singapore
3 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Jakarta, Indonesia
4 Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Basel, Switezerland
5 Commonwealth of Nations London, United Kingdom
6 European Central Bank (ECB) Frankfurt, Germany
7 Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Rome, Italy
8 Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IORA) Ebene, Mauritius
9 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria
10 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Montreal, Canada
11 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geneva, Switzerland
12 International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Paris, France
13 International Court of Justice (ICJ) The Hague, Netherlands
14 International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Rome, Italy
15 International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva, Switzerland
16 International Maritime Organization (IMO) London, United Kingdom
17 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Washington DC, United States
18 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Lausanne, Switzerland
19 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Geneva, Switzerland
20 International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) Abu Dhabi (UAE)
21 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Geneva, Switzerland
22 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Gland, Switzerland
23 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) North Carolina, USA
24 Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctor without Borders) Geneva, Switzerland
25 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Brussels, Belgium
26 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Paris, France
27 Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) The Hague, The Netherlands
28 Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
29 Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Vienna, Austria
30 Paris 21 (P21) or Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century Paris, France
31 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Kathmandu, Nepal
32 Statistical Office of the European Union (EUROSTAT) Luxembourg city, Luxembourg
33 United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Geneva, Switzerland
34 Transparency International (TI) Berlin, Germany
35 UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Geneva, Switzerland
36 United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) New York, USA
37 United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) New York, USA
38 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Geneva, Switzerland
39 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) New York, USA
40 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Bangkok, Thailand
41 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) Beirut, Lebanon
42 United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
43 United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Geneva, Switzerland
44 United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) Santiago, Chile
45 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Paris, France
46 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Nairobi, Kenya
47 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva, Switzerland
48 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Nairobi, Kenya
49 United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Vienna, Austria
50 United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) Turin, Italy
51 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna, Austria
52 United Nations Organisation (UNO) New York, USA
53 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) New York, USA
54 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) New York, USA
55 United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) New York, USA
56 United Nations University (UNU) Tokyo, Japan
57 Universal Postal Union (UPU) Bern, Switzerland
58 World Bank Group (WBG) Washington DC, USA
59 World Economic Forum (WEF) Cologny, Switzerland
60 World Food Programme (WFP) Rome, Italy
61 World Health Organisation (WHO) Geneva, Switzerland
62 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva, Switzerland
63 World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Geneva, Switzerland
64 World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Madrid, Spain
65 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Geneva, Switzerland
66 Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Gland, Switzerland


Tricks to remember Headquarters of Organizations 

All International Organizations Starting with ‘World’ and ending with ‘Organization’ have their Headquarters at GENEVA. 


  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)


  • World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – Madrid, Spain
  • World Customs Organization (WCO) – Brussels

Organizations related to Atomic Energy, Petroleum, Industrial Development has their Headquarters at VIENNA

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Organizations related to Money has their Headquarters in Washington DC, USA

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • World Bank Group (WBG)

Most of the popular International Organizations that Start with ‘International’ and end with ‘Organization’ have their Headquraters in GENEVA.

International Labour Organization (ILO) – Geneva


International Maritime Organization (IMO) – London

Any International Organization that does not have any major Political or Economic implications, and is truly into Service only, most likely has its Headquarters in GENEVA or some other place in Switzerland.

  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctor without Borders)
  • UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
  • etc.,


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