Institutional markets/international organisations

Here is a shortlist of large international organisations, grouped together by continent. Each institution is followed by a list of its official languages.

There follows a necessarily limited list of large international organisations, grouped together by continent. Each institution is followed by a list of its official languages. Not all of those languages are necessarily used at all meetings. Another point to be borne in mind is that international organisations are grouped into larger "systems" i.e. the UN system, the co-ordinated institutions sector, the European Union institutions. Each system has its own official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish in the case of the UNO; English and French in the coordinated institutions (CE, ESA, OECD, NATO, WEU); Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish for the European Union institutions.

AFRICA

ADB (African Development Bank), Abidjan  
English, French  
   
ECA (Economic Commission for Africa), Addis-Ababa

UNO

English, French (occasionally Spanish)  
   
HABITAT (United Nations Division for Human Habitat), Nairobi

UNO

Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
OAU (Organisation of African Unity), Addis-Ababa  
Arabic, English, French  
   
UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), Nairobi

UNO

Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish  

AMERICAS

ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), Santiago de Chile UNO
English, French, Spanish  
   
IADB (Interamerican Development Bank), Washington  
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish  
   
ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Montreal  
English, French, Russian, Spanish (also Arabic and Chinese)  
   
IMF (International Monetary Fund), Washington  
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish  
   
INTELSAT (International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation), Washington  
English, French, Spanish  
   
OAS (Organisation of American States), Washington  
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish  
   
PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation), Washington  
English, Spanish (also French and Portuguese)  
   
UNO (United Nations Organisation), New York  
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  

ASIA

ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Bangkok

UNO

Chinese, English, French, Russian  
   
SPC (South Pacific Commission), Noumea  
English, French  

EUROPE

CE (Council of Europe), Strasbourg

Coordinated institutions

English, French (sometimes Dutch, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and, occasionally, Eastern European languages)  
   
CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Geneva  
English, French  
   
CEU (Commission of the European Union), Brussels

EU

Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish  
   
CICR (International Red Cross Committee), Geneva  
French (Arabic, English, Farsi, German, Spanish)  
   
ECJ (European Court of Justice), Luxembourg

EU

Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish  
   
EP (European Parliament), Luxembourg, Brussels and Strasbourg

EU

Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish  
   
EPO (European Patent Office), Munich  
English, French, German  
   
ESA (European Space Agency), Paris

Coordinated institutions

English, French, German and sometimes Italian  
   
EUROCONTROL, Brussels  
English, French, German, and sometimes Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Spanish, Italian and a Scandinavian booth  
   
FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation), Rome

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), Vienna

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), Rome

UNO

Arabic, English, French, Spanish  
   
ILO (International Labour Office), Geneva

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish  
   
IMO (International Maritime Organisation), London

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
ITU (International Telecommunications Union), Geneva

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), Brussels

Coordinated institutions

English, French (Russian)  
   
OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), Paris  
English, French

    

   
OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), Vienna  
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian  
   
UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation), Paris

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), Vienna  
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

UNO

   
UNO (United Nations Organisation), Geneva, Vienna

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
UPU (Universal Postal Union), Berne  
Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish  
   
WCU (World Customs Union), Brussels  
English, French, sometimes Arabic, Russian and Spanish  
   
WEU (Western European Union), Brussels, Paris  
English, French (occasionally Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish)  
   
WHO (World Health Organisation), Geneva

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation), Geneva

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
WMO (World Meteorological Organisation), Geneva

UNO

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
WTO (World Tourism Organisation), Madrid  
English, French, Russian, Spanish  
   
WTO (World Trade Organisation), Geneva  
English, French, Spanish  



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