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List of Important International Organisations and their Headquarters

This is a ready reference list for important organisations & their HQ. You won’t be asked a direct question on this but this may form one of the options in the listicles questions @IAS Prelims.

[IAS 2014] With reference to a grouping of countries known as BRICS, consider the following statements :

1. The First Summit of BRICS was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2009.
2. South Africa was the last to join the BRICS grouping.

Which of the statements given above is /are correct?

[CDS 2015] Which of the following statements with regard to New Development Bank BRICS, formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is/are correct?

1. The Headquarters of the Bank is situated at Moscow, Russia.
2. K. V. Kamath is the first President of the Bank.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.

Such questions may very well have a statement on HQs.


Mnemonics form an integral part of such rote learning. We would encourage the students to come up with their innovative tikdams on this. Some examples are:

I for IMO
AM for amnesty international
COMMON for Commonwealth
All of the three organisation have the headquarters in LONDON

“Commonwealth” me “London” ne bazi “Mari”.
Commonwealth of Nations & International Maritime organization – Both have London as their HQ

Put more in the comments!

Organisations Headquarters
United Nations Organisation New York
United Nations Childrens’ 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 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
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, The 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
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Paris, France


Questions, suggestions and comments

  1. Profile photo of Rakesh B Rakesh B

    FAO Food and Agriculture Organization not Agricultural.

  2. Profile photo of Priy Nandan Priy Nandan

    associate these organization with their report.
    ex . transparency international with corruption perception index

  3. Profile photo of Krishriti Maity Krishriti Maity

    NO-United Nations Organisation; Women-UN Women; Child-UNICEF; Population Fund-UNFPA are all HQs’ in New York.

  4. Profile photo of Sunny Sunny

    Another Rule:

    [ I_O]- Except IMO
    International Labour Organization
    International Committee for Red Cross Organization
    International Standardization Organization [ISO] —-originally International Organization for Standardization
    United Nation Conference on Trade And Development

  5. Profile photo of Sunny Sunny

    More tricks:

    If the name of any Organization starts with “World or International” and ends with “Organization”, their headquarters will be in “Geneva, Switzerland”.
    Remember : [ W_O & I_O ] —- Geneva, Switzerland
    [ W_O]
    World Health Organisation
    World Intellectual Property Organization
    World Meteorological Organization
    World Trade Organization

    1. Profile photo of tiwari vivek tiwari vivek

      what about IMO?



    3. Profile photo of Chirag Maniar Chirag Maniar

      Nice trick

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