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ABBREVIATIONS

 

(Except from THIMUN Reports Book)The following are the most important abbreviations:

ABM

Anti-Ballistic Missile
AIDS

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AOSIS

Alliance of Small Island States, est. 1990, Washington, D.C., USA
APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
ASEAN

Association of South-East Asian Nations, Jakarta, Indonesia
BWC

Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological, Biological and Toxic Weapons and on their Destruction (The Biological Weapons Convention), signed and ratified on 10 April 1972
CASA

Coordination Action on Small Arms, part of UN Department for Disarmament Affairs
CEAFRD

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1965
CEDAW

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, 18 December 1979
CERD

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination or Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
CERF

Central Emergency Revolving Fund, est. 19 Dec. 1991 by UN Resolution A/46/182
CFC

Chlorofluorocarbons
CHR

Centre for Human Rights
CND

United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna, Austria
COP

Conference Of Parties, Supreme Body of the UNCCD
COPUOS

Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space
CRC

Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted on 20 November 1989, entered into force on 2 September 1990 or Committee on the Rights of the Child
CSD

United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
CSTD

Commission on Science and Development
CTBT

Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, 10 September 1996
CTBTO

Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, Preparatory Commission in Vienna, Austria
CWC

Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, London, Moscow and Washington, 10 April 1972
DEVAW

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Dec. 1993
DHA

United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs, predecessor of OCHA
DPKO

United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations
ECA

Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
ECLAC/CEPAL

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago, Chile
ECOMOG

Economic Community of West African States Military Observer Group
ECOSOC

Economic and Social Council, New York, NY, US and Geneva, Switzerland
ECOWAS

Economic Community of West African States, est. 28 May 1975, Lome, Togo
EIF

Entry into Force
EMPFORM

Employment Forum (ILO)
ERF

Emergency Relief Coordinator
ESCAP

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, est. 1947, Bangkok, Thailand
EU

European Union, Brussels, Belgium
FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy
FCCC

Framework Convention on Climate Change, signed at the Rio Summit in 1992
FRY

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
FYROM

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
GA

General Assembly, New York, NY, United States
GATT

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade predecessor of the WTO
GAW

Global Atmosphere Watch
GCOS

Global Climate Observing System, est. 1992, Geneva Switzerland
GDP

Gross Domestic Product
GEF

Global Environmental Facility
GM

Genetically Modified
GNP

Gross National Product
GRD

Global Resource Information Database, of the UNEP
HABITAT II

United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul 1996, predecessor of UNDHS
HCHR

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
HIPC

Highly Indebted Poor Countries
HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HRW

Human Rights Watch, New York, NY, United States
IAEA

International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria
IASC

Inter-Agency Standing Committee
IBRD

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (aka World Bank), Washington, DC, United States
ICBL

International Campaign to Ban Landmines,  Resource Centre, Oslo, Norway
ICBM

InterContinental Ballistic Missiles
ICC                

International Criminal Court, est. July 1998 in Rome, Italy
ICCP

Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to Its Country of Origin or Its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation
ICJ

International Court of Justice, The Hague, The Netherlands
ICRIC

International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland
ICTR

International Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania
ICTY

International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia, The Hague, The Netherlands
IDA

International Development Association, Washington, DC, United States
IDF

Israeli Defence Force
IDPs

Internally Displaced Persons
IFAD

International Fund for Agriculture Development, Rome, Italy
IFCS

International Forum on Chemical Safety, est. April 1999, located at WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
IFOR

NATO Implementation Force
IFTDH

International Federation Terre des Hommes, Lausanne, Switzerland
IGO

InterGovernmental Organization
ILC

International Law Commission, New York, NY, United States
ILO

International Labor Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
IMF

International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, United State
IMO

International Maritime Organization, London, United Kingdom
INCB

International Narcotic Board, Vienna, Austria
INSTRAW

United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
INTERFET

International Force in East Timor, September 1999 – 23 February 2000
INTERPOL

International Police, Lyon, France
IOC

International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland
IOMC

Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals, est. 1995, located at WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
IPCC

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control, est. 1988, Geneva, Switzerland
IPCS

International Programme on Chemical Safety, est. 1980, Geneva, Switzerland
IPEC

International Programme on the elimination of Child Labour, founded 1992 by the ILO
IPTF

International Police Task Force, Bosnia- Herzegovina
ISO

International Safety Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
ISS

International Space Station (NASA)
ITF

International Trust Fund
ITLOS

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Hamburg. Germany
ITU

International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland
IWA

International Water Association, London, United Kingdom
KFOR

NATO Kosovo FORce
KLA

Kosovo Liberation Army
KTC

Kosovo Transitional Council
LAW

Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment, Jerusalem, Israel
LBT

Landmine Ban Treaty, also known as Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction
LDC

Less Developed Countries
LEDC

Less Economically Developed Countries
MEDC

Medium Economically Developed Countries
MIA

Missing in Action               
MICAH

International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti, requested by Haiti’s President on 8 November 1999. Mission completed on 15 March 2000
MINURSO

United Nations  Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, est. April 1999
MONUC

United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, est. 30 December 1999, Kinshasa, DR Congo
MUN

Model United Nations
NAFO

North Atlantic Fisheries Organization
NAFTA

North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, Washington DC, United States
NAT

North Atlantic Treaty
NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, est. 4 April 1949, Brussels, Belgium
NGO

Non-Governmental Organization
NPT

Treaty for the non-Proliferation of Weapons, 5 March 1970
NWFZ

Nuclear Weapon Free Zone
OAS

Organization of African States, Washington, DC, United States
OAU

Organization of African Unity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
OCHA

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Geneva, Switzerland
ODA

Official Development Assistance or Overseas Development Assistance
ODCCP

United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Vienna, Austria
ODCP

United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Vienna, Austria
OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development., Paris, France
OIC

Organization of the Islamic Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
OPB(T)W      

Organization for the Prohibition of Biological (and Toxic) Weapons, to be established
OPCW

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,  The Hague, The Netherlands
OPEC

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Vienna, Austria
OSART

Operational Safety Review Team of the International Atomic Energy Agency
OSCE

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Prague, Czech Republic
PICCR

Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights, est. 1994, Ramallah, Palestine
PSMC

Palestine –Israeli Steering and Monitoring Committee
PLO

Palestinian Liberation Organization
PNA

Palestinian National Authority
POW

Prisoners of War
RUF

Revolutionary United Front, in Sierra Leone
SADC

Southern African Development Community, Gaberone, Botswana
SALT

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
SFOR

NATO Stabilization FORce
SIDS

Small Island Developing States
SLA

Southern Lebanese Army
SPA

Special Program of Assistance for Sub-Saharan Africa
START

Stategic Arms Reduction Treaty, (1) 1991; (2) 1993
SID

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
UDHR                       

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
UN

United Nations, New York, NY, United States
UNAIDS

United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Geneva, Switzerland
UNAMIC

United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia, Nov 1991 – Mar 1992, predecessor of UNTAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
UNCCD

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Sept 1994
UNCHS

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, formerly HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya
UNCICP

United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention, Vienna, Austria
UNCLOS

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 16 Nov 1994
UNCOPUOS

United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space
UNCPCJ

United Nations Centre for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program, est 1994, Vienna, Austria
UNCPCJD

United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division
UNCSD

United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development, New York, NY, United States
UNCTAD

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland
UNDCP

United Nations International Drug Control Program, Vienna, Austria
UNDESD     

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Development
UNDHA

United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs, Geneva, Switzerland
UNDOF

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, est. June 1974, Golan Heights
UNDP

United Nations Development Program, New York, NY, United States
UNDPI

United Nations Department of Public Information, New York, NY, United States
UNDRO

United Nations Disaster Relief Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
UNEP

United Nations Environment Program, Nairobi, Kenya
UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, France
UNFCCC

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bonn, Germany
UNFDAC

United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control, Vienna, Austria
UNFICYP

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, est. 4 March 1964
UNFPA

United Nations Population Fund, New York NY, United States
UNHCHR

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland
UNICEF

United Nations Children’s Fund, New York, NY, United States
UNIDCP

United Nations International Drug Control Program, Vienna, Austria
UNIDIR

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva, Switzerland
UNIDO

United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria
UNIFEM

United Nations Development Fund for Women, New York, NY, United States
UNITA

National Union for the Total Independence of Angola
UNITAR

United Nations Institute for Training and Research, New York, NY, United States
UNMAS

United Nations Mine Action Service
UNMIBH

United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, est. by Security Council resolution 1035 (1995), Dec. 1995, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
UNMIK

United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo, est. June 1999
UNMOGIP

United Nations Military Observer Group on India and Pakistan, est January 1949
UNMOP

United Nations Mission in Prevlaka, est. January 1996, Cavtat, Croatia
UNO

United Nations Organization(s)
UNOCHA

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, Geneva, Switzerland
UNODCCP

United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Vienna, Austria
UNOMA

United Nations Observer Mission in Angola, 30 June 1997 – Feb 1999
UNOMIG

United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia, est. 24 August 1993, Suklumi, Georgia
UNOMSL

United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone, July 1998 – October 1999, Freetown, Sierra Leone
UNOSOM

United Nations Operations in Somalia, April 1992 – March 1995, Mogadishu, Somalia
UNPO

United Nations and Peoples Organization, The Hague, The Netherlands
UNPREDEP

United Nations PREventive DEPloyment Force, March 1995 – Feb 1999, Skopje, FYR Macedonia
UNRISD

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, Switzerland
UNRWA

United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Vienna, Austria
UNSC

United Nations Staff College, Turin, Italyor United Nations Security Council
UNSCOM

United Nations Special Commission, New York, NY, United States
UNSMA

United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan
UNTAC

United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia, March 1992 – Sep 1993, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
UNTAET

United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1272 of 25 October 1999
UNV

United Nations Volunteers, Bonn, Germany
WFP

World Food Programme, Rome, Italy
WFUNA

World Federation of United Nations Associations in Geneva, New York, NY, United States
WHO

World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark
WIPO

World Intellectual Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
WMO

World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
WRI

World Institute, Washington, DC, United States
WSP

World Solar Programme 1996-2005, established by UNESCO’s General Conference in October/November 1995
WSSD

World Summit on Social Development, 6-12 March 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark
WTO

World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
WWF

World Wide Fund for Nature or: 2nd World Water Forum, held in The Hague in March 2000
YES

Youth Employment Summit, held in Alexandria, Egypt, 11-16 Sept. 2002