United Nations Agencies
Listed in alphabetical order
International Agency for Research on Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. IARC's mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main advocate for global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. UNAIDS supports the global response to AIDS by providing leadership and advocacy. Other functions include monitoring and evaluation of programs, and developing and mobilizing resources.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
United Nations Development Programme
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in 166 countries worldwide, connecting them to the knowledge and resources needed to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.
United Nations Refugee Agency
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (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.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, assisting developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.
World Food Programme
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. WFP's vision is a world in which everyone has access at all times to the nourishment they need for a full life and it believes that the issue of hunger belongs at the top of the international agenda.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations specialized agency for health. WHO's objective, as set out in its constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity