UN, multilateral institutions and organizations in other sectors with implications for global health

It is sometimes difficult to draw the line between Geneva based institutions in the health sector, institutions in other sectors that have strong implications for global health and finally other institutions with only marginal links to global health. Here our first selection.

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

“The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is the body of 18 independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its States parties. The Committee was established under ECOSOC Resolution 1985/17 of 28 May 1985 to carry out the monitoring functions assigned to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Part IV of the Covenant.”

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Geneva, LOG)

“The FAO Liaison Office in Geneva (LOG) is the face of FAO in Geneva. LOG advises and assists, together with the FAO Liaison Office in New York, in the development and implementation of FAO’s policies and decisions concerning enhanced FAO’s cooperation and partnerships with the UN system, inter-governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations located in Geneva.”

International Labour Organization (ILO)

“The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.”

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

“The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.”

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

“Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.”

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

“For over 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been protecting the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world. We work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.”

United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

“A key member of the United Nations family, we facilitate the Organization’s work in the promotion of peace, development and human rights. UNOG forms part of an active United Nations family in Geneva and our website serves as a gateway also to the wider system based here. You can link to other United Nations entities and through our calendar you can learn more about the varied activities of the whole family, working together for peace, prosperity and dignity for all. “

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

“WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 189 member states.”

World Trade Organization (WTO)

“The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.”