International Organizations

Action Without Borders
Action Without Borders connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. The web site contains information on over 51,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries, volunteer and job opportunities, and an international feature blog.

The European Union

G8 Information Centre (University of Toronto)
The G8 Information Centre provides G8 background information and Financial Post news articles; all documentation arising from G7/G8 summit meetings (delegations, communiquŽs, political declarations, other official releases, documents released by national delegations at summits, transcripts of summit news conferences); available documentation from G7 ministerial and other meetings; scholarly articles and bibliographies about the G7 process, produced by members of the G7 Research Group at the University of Toronto, and others.

Green Cross International
Green Cross International (GCI) is a global, non-aligned networking organization working in the area of environment and sustainable development. It acts as an open forum, bringing together decision-makers and grassroots movements from all sectors of society (NGOs, business and industry, government, academia, science and the arts, religious, and other groups) in a unique platform. As such, this formula complements a great number of existing initiatives, facilitates implementation, and encourages new approaches towards sustainable development.

International Studies Association
The International Studies Association is an international, multidisciplinary organization that promotes collaboration among specialists whose interests are focused on international, crossnational, or transnational phenomena. It promotes interdisciplinary approaches to problems that cannot fruitfully be examined from the confines of a single discipline. ISA seeks to foster the growth of an international community of scholars, to encourage both theoretical and policy-oriented research on topics in international studies, to develop channels of communication between academics and policy makers, and to improve the teaching of international studies.

International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT)
Intelsat was created in 1964 on an interim basis by eleven nations who joined together to establish a global commercial communications satellite system that would be available to all nations for expanded telecommunications services on a non-discriminatory basis. In 1973, this interim arrangement was replaced by a permanent one when it was adopted by 54 of Intelsat's then 83 member nations. These nations decided that there are numerous political, financial, and operational benefits to be derived from pooling their resources and working together to achieve mutual space communications goals.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is one part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which comprises National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the Federation), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The International Monetary Fund is a permanent organization of 179 member countries pledged to cooperate with one another to promote exchange stability and maintain a productive world economic environment. The IMF constitutes a forum for the discussion of domestic and international economic issues. Its member nations contribute to a pool of currencies from which all may borrow for a short time to tide them over periods of difficulty in meeting their international obligations. Through consultation and collaboration, as well as by helping to finance members with balance of payments problems, the IMF seeks to facilitate the balanced expansion and growth of international trade, to raise levels of income and employment, and to develop the productive resources of all its members.

International Telecommunication Union
The ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. ITU activities include the coordination, development, regulation and standardization of telecommunications and organization of regional and world TELECOM events.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington on 4 April 1949, created an Alliance for collective defence as defined in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The Alliance links fourteen European countries with the United States and Canada.

Organization of American States
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world's oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April, 1890. The OAS currently has 35 Member States. In addition, the Organization has granted Permanent Observer status to 45 States, including the European Union.

United Nations
The official WWW entry page. Other UN sites are indexed at the "Official WEB Site Locator for the UNITED NATIONS System of Organizations." For a quick view of some of the world's treasures, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Center, which maintains a list of special places around the world.

United Nations Scholars' Workstation at Yale University
The United Nations Scholars' Workstation, developed by the Yale University Library and the Social Science Statistical Laboratory, is a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information. Subject coverage includes disarmament, economic and social development, environment, human rights, international relations, international trade, peacekeeping, and population and demography.

The 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 Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).