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International Governments and Organizations

International organizations

Association of South East Asian Nations - ASEAN nations have three main objectives: to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the region through cooperative programs; to safeguard the political and economic stability of the region against big power rivalry; and to serve as a forum for the resolution of intra-regional differences.

International Labor Organization - The International Labor Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights.

International Monetary Fund - The IMF is a cooperative institution of 182 countries that have voluntarily joined because they see the advantage of consulting with one another to maintain a stable system of buying and selling their currencies so that payments in foreign money can take place between countries smoothly and without delay.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO is an alliance of 16 independent nations (the United States and 15 European nations) committed to each other's defense.

OECD - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development groups 29 member countries form an organization that, provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy.

OSCE - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is a pan-European security organization comprised of 55 participating States. The OSCE has been established as a primary instrument in its region for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation in Europe.

Organization of American States - The basic purposes of the OAS are as follows: to strengthen the peace and security of the continent; to promote and consolidate representative democracy, with due respect for the principle of nonintervention; to prevent possible causes of difficulties and to ensure the pacific settlement of disputes that may arise among the Member States; to provide for common action on the part of those States in the event of aggression; to seek the solution of political, juridical and economic problems that may arise among them; to promote, by cooperative action, their economic, social and cultural development, and to achieve an effective limitation of conventional weapons that will make it possible to devote the largest amount of resources to the economic and social development of the Member States.

United Nations.

World Bank - Founded in 1944, the World Bank Group consists of five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC); Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

World Health Organization - WHO is a special agency of the UN with 191 member states. WHO promotes cooperation for health among nations, carries on programs to control and eradicate diseases and strives to improve the quality of human life.

World Trade Organization - The WTO is the only international body dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, the legal ground-rules for international commerce and for trade policy. The agreements have three main objectives: to help trade flow as freely as possible, to achieve further liberalization gradually through negotiation, and to set up an impartial means of settling disputes.

Foreign countries

Portals to the World - Law Library of Congress.

Governments on the WWW.

University of Michigan Documents Center.

Embassies around the world