Specialized UN Agencies

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Leads international efforts to fight hunger. It is both a forum for negotiating agreements between countries and a source of technical knowledge and information to aid development.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Develops standards for global air transport and assists its 192 Member States in sharing the world’s skies to their socio-economic benefit.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Focused on rural poverty reduction, working with poor rural populations in developing countries to eliminate poverty, hunger and malnutrition; raise their productivity and incomes; and improve the quality of their lives.

International Labor Organization (ILO)

Promotes international labor rights by formulating international standards on the freedom to associate, collective bargaining, the abolition of forced labor, and equality.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Fosters economic growth and employment by providing temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment and technical assistance. 

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Specialized agency for information and communication technologies. It is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Focuses on everything from teacher training to helping improve education worldwide to protecting important historical and cultural sites around the world.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

The specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

The primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.

World Bank

Focuses on poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards worldwide by providing low-interest loans, interest-free credit, and grants to developing countries.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Protects intellectual property throughout the world through 23 international treaties.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Facilitates the free international exchange of meteorological data and information and the furtherance of its use in aviation, shipping, security, and agriculture, among other things.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.


Funds and Programs


UN Development Program (UNDP)

UNDP works helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience so countries can sustain progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Environment Program (UNEP)

The voice for the environment within the United Nations system, acting as a catalyst, advocate and educator for the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

The United Nations agency for sexual and reproductive health.

UN Human Settlements Program (UN Habitat)

Their mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.

UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

World Food Program (WFP)

Aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.  It is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, feeding almost 80 million people in around 75 countries a year.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Protects refugees worldwide and facilitates their return home or resettlement.


Other entities


Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

This program leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. 

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

The United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research(UNIDIR)

The Institute generates ideas and promotes action on disarmament and security.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focus exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Knowledge Hub

Aims to provide scientific and technical knowledge in the areas of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), as well as their negative effects on productive land and relevant ecosystems. 


Related Organizations


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

A forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements, and a place where member governments try to sort out the trade problems they face with each other.