You will find the most important organisations and their headquarters listed here along with some smart tips to remember them. There is a vast number of international organisations around the world. Among these, there are a handful which are being asked in various competitive exams. This is because, beyond the list of important international organisations, the examiner does not expects you to remember the details of all others.
International Organisation and their Headquarters are important for exams
Many a times, there are a few questions in the general knowledge section, or GA for exams, asking about the location of headquarters of important international organisations. Therefore, the headquarters of important international organisations have been grouped together in this list. In addition, this will ensure that the reader is able to correlate the names with ease to enable quick learning. We are hopeful that this list will be helpful in your upcoming competitive exams.
In this paragraph, we will highlight which examinations ask from this topic. Most importantly, this category of questions asking for places or headquarters of international organisation are a staple of all MCQ based exams. They are generally asked in the IBPS , SBI, RBI, and other banking and insurance exams. However, over the last decade these questions have also figured in the question papers of UPSC, SSC and UGC NET exams also. With this view, this list becomes more important for exams. Regular revision of this list will ensure your preparation of GK for exams. You should revise it diligently and this list will be helpful in scoring the easy points for your any upcoming Competitive Exams.
List of Important International Organisations and their Headquarters
|United Nations Organisation||New York|
|United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)||New York|
|United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)||New York|
|United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)||Geneva|
|World Health Organisation||Geneva|
|International Labour Organisation||Geneva|
|International Committee of the Red Cross||Geneva|
|World Trade Organisation||Geneva|
|World Meteorological Organisation||Geneva|
|World Intellectual Property Organization||Geneva|
|International Organization for Standardization||Geneva|
|United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)||Paris|
|UN Women||New York|
|Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)||Paris|
|United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)||Vienna|
|International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)||Vienna|
|Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)||Vienna|
|International Monetary Fund (IMF)||Washington DC|
|World Bank||Washington DC|
|International Maritime Organisation||London|
|Commonwealth of Nations||London|
|International Court Of Justice||The Hague, Netherlands|
|Universal Postal Union||Berne|
|Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)||Rome|
|North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)||Brussels|
|International Renewable Energy Agency||Abu Dhabi (UAE)|
|South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation||Kathmandu|
|Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)||Jakarta|
|Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)||Singapore|
|Organisation of Islamic Cooperation||Jeddah|
|Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation||Ebene, Mauritius|
|Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons||The Hague, Netherlands|
|International Olympic Committee||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Worldwide Fund for Nature||Gland, Switzerland|
|International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry||Zurich, Switzerland|
|World Economic Forum||Geneva, Switzerland|
|International Hydrographic Organization||Monaco|
|International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)||Monaco|
|Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)||Zurich, Switzerland|
|International Cricket Council (ICC)||Dubai, UAE|
|International Hockey Federation (FIH)||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Fédération internationale des échecs (FIDE) or World Chess Federation||Athens, Greece|
|International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)||Gland, Switzerland|
|Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)||Los Angeles, USA|
|Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors without Borders||Geneva, Switzerland|
|International Shooting Sports Federation||Munich, Germany|
How to remember the list of important organisation and their headquarter
You can try memorising each organisation and its location individually, that will be hard work. Alternatively, you can GROUP organisations based on similarities in function and location and remember them as a batch, that will be smart work. Here are some pointers –
Important western organisations related to money are located in Washington DC, USA – such as IMF, World Bank.
International organisation related to economic collaboration and education are clustered in Paris, France – such as the OECD, ICOSMOS, UNESCO.
Important organisations associated with ‘world’ and having ‘organisation’ in their name are clustered in Geneva, Switzerland – such as World Health Organisation (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO).
Important organisations dealing with industry, atomic energy, petroleum have their location in Vienna, Austria – such as International Stomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Similarly, there can be many more smart tricks for remembering these important organisations and their headquarters.
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We hope this short and quick revision study material for important organisations and their headquarters is helpful in answering the standard type of question in various exams like IBPS, SBI, RBI,UIIC, NIACL, NICL,UPSC, SSC, state PSC exams, etc.
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