List of UN Acronyms

The UN and the diplomatic language is riddled with internal acronyms that a layman will not understand. Mastering the necessary acronyms used in specific organizations is an absolute must and will prepare you to efficiently navigate contexts and environments like a pro. Such UN-ese knowledge will enhance your ability to work effectively within different settings, allowing you to perform your diplomatic functions at your best.

We have prepared a short cheat sheet of the most commonly used acronyms in the English diplomatic language. You may wish to refer to our article How to Speak UN for further lists and detail.

 

A

 

ADB

AfDB

AMIS

AMISOM

APCTT

APDIM            

APEC                

ASEAN             

AU                     

 

Asian Development Bank

African Development Bank

African Union Mission in Sudan

African Union Mission in Somalia

Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology

Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

African Union

B

UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic

Bank for International Settlements

BINUCA          

BIS

C

Council of Administration

Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict

Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty

Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture

Caribbean Community

Convention on Biological Diversity

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Caribbean Development Bank

Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee

UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Latin American Demographic Centre

Monetary and Economic Community of Central Africa

Committee of Experts on Public Administration

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes

Commission on Human Rights

Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement

Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (for the Kyoto Protocol)

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animal

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Conference of the Parties

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Committee for Programme and Coordination

Commission on Population and Development

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization

Commission on Sustainable Development

Commission for Social Development

Committee on Science and Technology

Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Commission on the Status of Women

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

Counter-Terrorism Committee

Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force

Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction

CA               

CAAC  

CANWFZ    

CAPSA       

CARICOM     

CBD            

CCPCJ        

CDB                

CDCC             

CEB            

CEDAW       

CELADE      

CEMAC       

CEPA          

CEPAL        

CERD          

CESCR        

CFA             

CHR            

CIGEPS       

CITES           

CLCS          

CMA               

CMP               

CMS            

CMW              

CND            

COP            

COPUOS     

CPC            

CPD            

CPF             

CRC            

CRIC            

CRPD          

CSAM          

CSD            

CSocD        

CST             

CSTD          

CSW            

CTBT          

CTBTO        

CTC             

CTED          

CTITF          

CWC                     

D

Development Assistance Committee

Deputy Chief of Mission

Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Department of Field Support

Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

Department of Global Communications

Department of Management

Department of Management, Strategy, Policy and Compliance

Department of Operational Support

Department of Political Affairs

Department of Public Information

Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Department of Peace Operations

Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

Deputy Secretary-General

Department of Safety and Security

DAC              

DCM               

DDPA          

DESA          

DFS             

DGACM       

DGC              

DM              

DMSPC        

DOS             

DPA            

DPI              

DPKO           

DPO              

DPPA           

DSG            

DSS          

E

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Economic Commission for Africa

Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East

European Central Bank

Economic Community of Central African States

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Economic Commission for Europe

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Economic and Social Council

Economic Community of West African States

Economic Commission for Western Asia

Emergency Directors Group

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Executive Office of the Secretary-General

Emergency Relief Coordinator

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

European Union

European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo

EBRD          

ECA            

ECAFE        

ECB         

ECCAS    

ECCC     

ECE       

ECLAC   

ECOSOC   

ECOWAS  

ECWA       

EDG          

EMRIP    

EOSG     

ERC        

ESCAP    

ESCWA     

EU    

EULEX   

F

FAO  

Food and Agriculture Organization

G

General Assembly

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

Global Environment Facility

Geospatial Information Management

Geographic Information System

GA  

GATT

GEF         

GIM      

GIS      

H

High-Level Committee on Management

High-Level Committee on Programmes

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies

Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

Human Rights Council

HLCM       

HLCP        

HLPF       

HONLEA  

HRCAC    

HRC

I

IAAC                      Independent Audit Advisory Committee

IAEA                      International Atomic Energy Agency

IASC                      Inter-Agency Standing Committee

IBRD                      International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

ICAO                      International Civil Aviation Organization

ICC                         International Criminal Court

ICCROM                International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

ICJ                         International Court of Justice

ICOM                      International Council of Museums

ICOMOS                 International Council on Monuments and Sites

ICPD                      International Conference on Population and Development

ICRC                       International Committee of the Red Cross

ICSC                      International Civil Service Commission

ICSID                     International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

ICT                         Information and Communications Technology

ICTR                      International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

ICTY                      International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

IDA                        International Development Association

IDB                        Inter-American Development Bank

IDC                         International Data Centre

IEE                         Group of Independent Eminent Experts

IFAD                      International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAP                       Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programmes

IFC                         International Finance Corporation

IGBC                      Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee

IGCP                      International Geoscience Programme

IHP                         Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme

ILC                         International Law Commission

ILO                        International Labour Organization

ILPES                    Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning

IMCO                     Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization

IMF                         International Monetary Fund

IMFC                      International Monetary and Financial Committee

IMO                        International Maritime Organization

IMS                        International Monitoring System

INCB                      International Narcotics Control Board

INDES                    Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development

INTAL                    Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean

INTERPOL             International Criminal Police Organization

IOC                        Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

IOM                        International Organization for Migration

IPCC                      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IPDC                      Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication

IPPC                       International Plant Protection Convention

IREA                       International Renewable Energy Agency

ISA                         International Seabed Authority

ITC                         International Trade Centre

ITLOS                    International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

ITU                         International Telecommunication Union

IUCN                      International Union for Conservation of Nature

IWMI                      International Water Management Institute         

J  

JAG                        Joint Advisory Group

JBVVM                   Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism

JECFA                   Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives

JEMRA                   Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment

JIU                         Joint Inspection Unit

JMPR                     Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Pesticide Residues 

K

KFOR                     International Security Force in Kosovo

L

LAS                        League of Arab States

LDCs                   Least Developed Countries

LLRC                   Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

M

MAB                       International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere

MDGs                     Millennium Development Goals

MINUCI                   UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire

MINUJUSTH           UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti

MINURSO               UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

MINUSCA               UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

MINUSMA               UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

MINUSTAH             UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti

MISCA                    African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic

MONUC                  UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

MONUSCO             UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

MOST                     Management of Social Transformations Programme

N

NATO                     North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NEPAD                New Partnership for Africa’s Development

NGO                     Non-Governmental Organization

NPT                     Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

NSGTs                 Non-Self-Governing Territories

O

OCHA                     Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCT                        Office of Counter-Terrorism

ODA                       Office for Disarmament Affairs

OECD                     Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

OHCHR                  Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

OIE                         World Organization for Animal Health

OII                          Office of Institutional Integrity

OIOS                      Office of Internal Oversight Services

OISL                       OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

OLA                        Office of Legal Affairs

OPCW                    Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

OPCW-UN              Joint Mission Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic

OPEC                     Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

OSAA                     Office of the Special Adviser on Africa

OSCE                     Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

OSCE-ODIHR         OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

OSES                     Office of the Special Envoy of the UN to the Sahel

OSG                       Office of the Secretary-General

P

PBC                       Peacebuilding Commission

PBSO                     Peacebuilding Support Office

POC                       Postal Operations Council

POPs                     Persistent Organic Pollutants

PTS                       Provisional Technical Secretariat

Q

R

RID                        Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail

RSCSL                   Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone

S

SARPs                   Standards and Recommended Practices

SC                          Security Council

SCSL                     Special Court for Sierra Leone

SCTD                     UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development

SDGs                      Sustainable Development Goals

SEMG                     Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group Special Funds Resources

SESG                     Special Envoy of the Secretary-General

SRSG                     Special Representative of the Secretary-General

SRSG-CAAC          Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

SRSG-SVC            Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict

SRSG-VAC            Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children

STL                        Special Tribunal for Lebanon

T

TDB                        Trade and Development Board

TDG                        Transport of Dangerous Goods

TDY                        Temporary Duty Assignment

U

UDHR                     Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UNAIDS                  Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS

UNAKRT                 Joint UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials

UNAMA                  UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

UNAMI                    UN Assistance Mission for Iraq

UNAMID                 African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur

UNAT                     UN Appeals Tribunal

UNC                       UN Command

UNCC                     UN Compensation Commission

UNCCD                   UN Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCCT                   UN Counter-Terrorism Centre

UNCDF                   UN Capital Development Fund

UNCED                   UN Conference on Environment and Development

UNCIP                    UN Commission for India and Pakistan

UNCITRAL             UN Commission on International Trade Law

UNCLOS                UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNCMAC                UN Command Military Armistice Commission

UNCSGN                UN Conferences on the Standardization of Geographical Names

UNCTAD                 UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNDC                     UN Disarmament Commission

UNDCP                   UN International Drug Control Programme

UNDEF                   UN Democracy Fund

UNDESA                 UN Programme of Economic and Social Affairs

UNDG                     UN Development Group

UN DOCO               UN Development Operations Coordination Office

UNDOF                   UN Disengagement Observer Force

UNDP                     UN Development Programme

UNDSS                   UN Department of Safety and Security

UNDT                     UN Dispute Tribunal

UNECE                   UN Economic Commission for Europe

UNEP                     UN Environment Programme

UNESCAP              UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

UNESCO                UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNFCCC                 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFF                      UN Forum on Forests

UNFICYP                UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

UNFIP                     UN Fund for International Partnerships

UNFPA                   UN Population Fund

UNGEGN                UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names

UN-GGIM                UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management

UN-HABITAT          UN Human Settlements Programme

UNHCR                   UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHQ                     Office of the UN Headquarters

UNICEF                  UN Children’s Fund

UNICRI                   UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

UNIDIR                   UN Institute for Disarmament Research

UNIDO                    UN Industrial Development Organization

UNIFIL                    UN Interim Force in Lebanon

UNIIB                      UN Independent Investigation on Burundi

UNIOGBIS              UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau

UNIPOM                 UN India-Pakistan Observation Mission

UNIS                       UN International School

UNISDR                  UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNISFA                  UN Interim Security Force for Abyei

UNISPAL                UN Information System on the Question of Palestine

UNITAR                  UN Institute for Training and Research

UN-LIREC               UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

UNMAS                  UN Mine Action Service

UNMICT                  UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

UNMIK                    UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIL                    UN Mission in Liberia

UNMIS                    UN Mission in Sudan

UNMISS                  UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

UNMOGIP              UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan

UNOAU                  UN Office to the African Union

UNOCA                  UN Regional Office for Central Africa

UNOCI                    UN Operations in Côte d’Ivoire

UNODA                  UN Office for Disarmament Affairs

UNODC                  UN Office on Drugs and Crime

UNOG                     UN Office at Geneva

UNOGBIS               UN Peace-building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau

UN-OHRLLS           Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

UNOL                     UN Peace-building Support Office in Liberia

UNOMS                  UN Ombudsman and Mediation Services

UNON                     UN Office at Nairobi

UNOOSA                UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

UNOP                     UN Office for Partnerships

UNOPS                   UN Office for Project Services

UNOSAA                UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa

UNOV                     UN Office at Vienna

UNOWA                  UN Office for West Africa

UNOWAS               UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

UNPFII                    UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNRCCA                UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

UNRCPD                UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific

UNREC                   UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa

UNRISD                  UN Research Institute for Social Development

UNRoD                   UN Register of Damage

UNROL                   UN Rule of Law Unit

UNRWA                  UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNSAC                   UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

UNSCEAR              UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

UNSCO                  UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

UNSD                     UN Statistics Division

UNSMA                  UN Special Mission to Afghanistan

UNSMIL                  UN Support Mission in Libya

UNSMIS                  UN Supervision Mission in Syria

UNSMS                   UN Security Management System

UNSOM                  UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

UNSSC                   UN System Staff College

UNTSO                   UN Truce Supervision Organization

UNU                        United Nations University

UNV                        UN Volunteers

UN-WOMEN           UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UNWTO                  UN World Tourism Organization

UPU                        Universal Postal Union

V

W

WCO                      World Customs Organization

WEDF                     World Export Development Forum

WEOG                    Western European and Other States Group

WFP                       World Food Programme

WGC                      Working Group on Communications

WGS                       Working Group on Situations

WHC                      World Heritage Centre

WHO                      World Health Organization

WIPO                      World Intellectual Property Organization

WMDs                    Weapons of Mass Destruction

WMO                      World Meteorological Organization

WTO                       World Trade Organization

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