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international organization

n. an international alliance involving many different countries [syn: world organization, world organisation, international organisation, global organization]

International organization

An international organization is an organization with an international membership, scope, or presence. There are two main types:

  • International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs): non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate internationally. These include international non-profit organizations and worldwide companies such as the World Organization of the Scout Movement, International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières.
  • Intergovernmental organizations, also known as international governmental organizations (IGOs): the type of organization most closely associated with the term 'international organization', these are organizations that are made up primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states). Notable examples include the United Nations (UN), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe (COE), and World Trade Organization (WTO). The UN has used the term "intergovernmental organization" instead of "international organization" for clarity.

The first and oldest intergovernmental organization is the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, created in 1815 by the Congress of Vienna.

The role of international organizations are helping to set the international agenda, mediating political bargaining, providing place for political initiatives and acting as catalysts for coalition- formation. International organizations also define the salient issues and decide which issues can be grouped together, thus help governmental priority determination or other governmental arrangements.

Usage examples of "international organization".

Rawcliff wondered if it was just show, or whether it played some small but vital part in the daily running of an international organization.

But rather a shan-the implacable mountain, an international organization that had taken decades to build into the most powerful smuggling network in the world.

Roosevelt had only two goals here: to convince Stalin to join the final battle of the war, against Japan, and to create an international organization, which he called the United Nations.

The hold they would have over the entire international organization would be nearly absolute.

She and her partner, Rich Cooper, had built Serenissima up from a small two-person mail-order business to the burgeoning international organization it was today.

The fate of the entire Sato International organization was in jeopardy.

They first got together an international organization, and charted the places to strike.

But up until now no international organization has had the muscle to make the nations toe the line.

They can get the United Nations or some other international organization to make a united, worldwide program out of this.

United Nations: An international organization which employs Swedish, Indian, Irish, Canadian, etc.