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ILO, a UN specialized agency, was founded in 1919 to promote social justice and, thereby, to contribute to universal and lasting peace. Currently, it undertakes such activities as promotion of human rights at work, employment promotion, socio-economic security, and promotion of social dialogue to achieve its primary goal of securing decent work for all.
IMF is an organization of 184 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.
UNCRD is located in Nagoya, Japan, and for more than thirty-five years has been the only United Nations organization committed to regional (sub-regional) development. It aims to assist developing countries through a wide range of research and training activities in regional development. UNCRD has regional offices located in Kobe, Japan; Nairobi, Kenya; and Bogota, Colombia.
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
UNEP leads in promoting environmental management to improve our quality of life without compromising the environment. International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) in Osaka and Shiga addresses water sanitation, waste, and disaster prevention/management. Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), in Toyama, Japan and Busan, Korea protects the marine and coastal environment of China, Japan, Korea, and Russia.
UNFPA, established in 1969, aims at supporting population-related activities in developing countries for 3 missions: 1) to achieve universal access of Reproductive Health/Rights including family planning and sexual education, 2) to support capacity-building in population and development programmes, and 3) to enhance the advocacy activities and resource mobilization.
UN-HABITAT, established in 1978, is the lead agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlements development and implementation of the Habitat Agenda adopted at the Habitat II Conference, held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996.
UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. Today, a staff of 6,689 people in 116 countries continues to help 20.8 million persons.
UNIC Tokyo was established in 1958 as one of the worldwide branch offices of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. UNIC publishes Japanese-language information materials, arranges media interviews and press conferences, organizes seminars and exhibitions, and runs library services to inform the Japanese public about the United Nations.
UNICEF is mandated to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. It supports programme activities in the areas of health and nutrition, education, water and environmental sanitation, child protection, and emergency assistance in over 150 countries and territories. Awarded the 1965 Nobel Peace Prize.
UNIDO helps developing countries and countries with economies in transition in their fight against marginalization in today's globalized world. It mobilizes knowledge, skills, information and technology to focus on the following three areas: 1. Poverty alleviation through productive activities; 2. Trade capacity-building; 3. Environment and energy.
UNITAR is headquartered in Geneva and has regional offices in New York and Hiroshima. UNITAR has a mandate to design and deliver training programmes for government officials, scholars and representatives of civil society from developing countries in the areas of economic and social development, and peace and security.
UNOPS was separated from UNDP and established as a self-financing entity of the United Nations in 1995. As an executing and implementing agency, UNOPS delivers various kinds of project management services in developing countries on behalf of more than 30 UN agencies, international finance institutions and developing country governments.
OCHA aims to mobilize and coordinate the collective efforts of the international community, in particular those of the UN system, to meet in a coherent and timely manner the needs of those exposed to human suffering and material destruction in disasters and emergencies.
UNU contributes, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve pressing global problems of human security, peace and development. The university functions as a community of scholars through a worldwide network of research and training locations coordinated by UNU Centre in Tokyo. UNU is the only UN organization with headquarters in Japan.
UNV is the UN organization that supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including mobilizing volunteers. Every year some 5,000 UN Volunteers from more than 150 different nationalities actively support the programmes of the United Nations itself and almost all UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies.
WFP was set up in 1963 as the frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. In 2004, the Rome-based agency fed 113 million people in 80 countries to eradicate hunger, promote economic and social development and provide relief assistance in emergencies throughout the world.
As an integral part of the Secretariat of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centre conducts research into the health consequences of social, economic, environmental and technological change. It studies their implications for health policies in order to enhance WHO's capacity to address priority health issues that require coordinated multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral action.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO was established in 1970 and became a UN specialized agency, with the aim of promoting the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. WIPO carries out many tasks related to the protection of intellectual property rights, such as administering international treaties, assisting governments, and harmonizing relevant rules and practices.
Established in 1944, the World Bank is owned by 184 member countries and works for the world without poverty by providing low-interest loans and interest-free credit/grants, sharing knowledge, and building capacity for education, health, infrastructure and many other purposes in developing countries around the world.