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.

List of Important Organisations and their Headquarters

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


Organisation 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
Amnesty International London
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
Transparency International Berlin
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 –

Washington DC

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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