Agencies are international instruments that address major issues of economic, social, scientific, and technical cooperation. They frequently provide direct and indirect assistance to public and private sector organizations, conduct research, develop agreements on international standards, monitor implementation of agreements, and promote peaceful relations and sustainable development. Agencies include autonomous and semi-autonomous organizations under the United Nations system. These include funds, programmes, and specialized agencies. Some, like the United Nations Children's Fund, are created by the United Nations, while others, like the World Trade Organization or the Universal Postal Union, are brought into affiliation with the UN after being founded under independent, multilateral agreement. Agencies typically report on their activities to United Nations through the Economic and Social Council and/or the General Assembly. The GA or ECOSOC's oversight authority varies among agencies by their respective instruments of creation.

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Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Seeks to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries while helping them face the challenges of globalization on an equitable basis.
Global Environment Facility
Interagency project coordinating technical assistance and funding for programs on biodiversity, climate change, water, and the ozone.
International Computing Centre (UNICC)
A cooperative providing computing and communication services to UN agencies on a cost recovery basis.
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
Prosecuting persons responsible for genocide and other violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda. Established by the Security Council.
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
Criminal court prosecuting violations of humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia. Established by the Security Council.
International Environmental Technology Centre
Information and resources for IETC, promoting the application of Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs) to address urban environmental problems and the management of freshwater to developing countries.
International Trade Centre (ITC)
Joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, acting as the development partner for small business export success, helping developing and transition countries achieve sustainable human development through exports.
Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Inter-agency project providing information and support services in the fight against acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome.
Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Online source for refugee-related information, including country profiles, news, maps, publications, teachers' modules, 'Witness' multimedia documentaries and the RefWorld research databases.
Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCHR)
Oversees major programs in protecting human rights and implementing international rights agreements.
UNDP JPO Programme
Junior Professional Officer Programme provides young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation.
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
An international knowledge base about the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in both developing and industrialized countries.
United Nations - Statistics Division
The Statistics Division is responsible for the collection and dissemination of economic and social statistics and the provision of assistance to Member States in improving their statistical capabilities and in adopting international statistics guidelines and standards.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Works for the survival, development and protection of children, guided in its programmes by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
Commission that formulates and regulates international trade in cooperation with the World Trade Organisation.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Promotes environmental understanding, and increases public knowledge about environmental factors and problems of future generations.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Reports, research, and information from UNFCCC.
United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP)
Promotes partnerships between the UN and the private sector. Requires Flash.
United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT
Promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
United Nations Millennium Project
Implementing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women.
United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS)
Provides technical and administrative support to other UN programs on a per-project basis.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Information about programme and activities. Also status of the world population.
United Nations World Food Programme
News and information about operations, policies, publications, appeals and how to help. Includes special reports, questions and answers and video.
UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Information on drug control and crime prevention. Specific topics include drug abuse and demand reduction; drug supply reduction; crime prevention and criminal justice; treaty and legal affairs, analysis and statistics; news and publications; and links to 22 UNODC field offices.
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