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Published on 8 September 2023

The United Nations

With 193 member states, the United Nations Organization (UN) is unmatched by any other organization in terms of the subjects it deals with, its members, its involvement in decision-making processes, in creating international norms and standards and its unrivalled international presence. Despite certain challenges, it enjoys a unique legitimacy throughout the world.

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established as the main global fund for climate change, playing a significant role in channeling climate finance and promoting a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development, with a focus on the needs of the poor and the most vulnerable developing countries.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations mandated to enable poor rural women and men to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA's mission - in cooperation with the national and international actors - is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate for the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention; and facilitate sustainable solutions.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR, also UN Human Rights) is the leading UN entity on human rights. It represents the world's commitment to the promotion and protection of the full range of human rights and freedoms set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP remains the most transparent aid organisation in the world for the second consecutive year, according to a leading global ranking released last week.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the UN development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunities.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The UNHCR is responsible for ensuring international protection for refugees and works to provide solutions to the problems they face. It carries out its work in accordance with its statute and is guided by the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. International refugee law constitutes the basic regulatory framework of the UNHCR's activities.


The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF advocates for the protection of children's rights, helps to meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF)

The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) was established in 2006 by the Secretary General at the request of the UN General Assembly and Security Council to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk or affected by violent conflict.


The United Nations General Assembly UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in 1949 in order to provide humanitarian aid to the refugee population. It deals expressly with Palestinian refugees in the Middle East and continues to provide them with assistance whilst a political solution to their situation is being sought. UNRWA employs a total of 29,000 people in the region.

UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. It acts according to its triple mandate: UN Women supports international political negotiations to formulate globally agreed standards for gender equality (normative support); it helps UN Member States to implement those standards by providing expertise and financial support (operational activities); it assists other parts of the UN system in their efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across a broad spectrum of issues related to human rights and human development (UN system coordination).


The WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.

World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world largest humanitarian organization which has been assisting about 150 million food insecure people in over 80 countries in 2022 alone.