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ABEDA[?] Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa[?]
ACC[?] Arab Cooperation Council[?]
ACCT[?] Agency for the French-Speaking Community[?]
ACP Group[?] African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States[?]
AfDB African Development Bank
AFESD[?] Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development[?]
Air Pollution Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution Concerning the Control of Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides or Control of Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides or Their Transboundary Fluxes
Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Air Pollution-Sulphur 85 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on the Reduction of Sulphur Emissions or Their Transboundary Fluxes by at Least 30%
Air Pollution-Sulphur 94 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Further Reduction of Sulphur Emissions
Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution Concerning the Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds or Their Transboundary Fluxes
AL Arab League
AMF[?] Arab Monetary Fund[?]
AMU[?] Arab Maghreb Union[?]
Antarctic-Environmental Protocol Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty
ANZUS Australia-New Zealand-United States Security Treaty
APEC Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Arabsat[?] Arab Satellite Communications Organization[?]
AsDB Asian Development Bank
ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Autodin[?] Automatic Digital Network[?]
Benelux Benelux Economic Union
Biodiversity Convention on Biological Diversity
BIS Bank for International Settlements
BSEC[?] Black Sea Economic Cooperation Zone[?]
C Commonwealth
CACM Central American Common Market
CAEU[?] Council of Arab Economic Unity[?]
CAN Andean Community of Nations[?]
Caricom Caribbean Community and Common Market
CB citizen’s band mobile radio communications[?]
CBSS Council of the Baltic Sea States
CCC Customs Cooperation Council
CDB[?] Caribbean Development Bank[?]
CE Council of Europe
CEI[?] Central European Initiative[?]
CEMA[?] Council for Mutual Economic Assistance[?]; also known as CMEA[?] or Comecon[?]
CEPGL Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries[?]
CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research
c.i.f.[?] cost, insurance, and freight[?]
CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
CITES see Endangered Species
Climate Change United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
COCOM[?] Coordinating Committee on Export Controls[?]
Comsat Communications Satellite Corporation[?]
CP Colombo Plan
CY calendar year
DC developed country[?]
Desertification United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa
DSN[?] Defense Switched Network[?]
DWT[?] deadweight ton[?]
EADB[?] East African Development Bank[?]
EAPC Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
EC European Community
ECA Economic Commission for Africa[?]
ECE Economic Commission for Europe
ECLAC[?] Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean[?]
ECO[?] Economic Cooperation Organization[?]
ECOSOC[?] Economic and Social Council[?]
ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States
ECS European Coal and Steel Community
EEC European Economic Community
EFTA European Free Trade Association
EIB European Investment Bank
EMU European Monetary Union
Endangered Species Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)
Entente Council of the Entente
Environmental Modification Convention on the Prohibition of Military or any other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques
ESA European Space Agency
ESCAP Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
ESCWA[?] Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia[?]
est.[?] estimate[?]
EU European Union
Euratom[?] European Atomic Energy Community
Eutelsat[?] European Telecommunications Satellite Organization[?]
Ex-Im[?] Export-Import Bank of the United States[?]
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FAX[?] facsimile
f.o.b. free on board
FLS[?] Front Line States[?]
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany); used for information dated before 3 October 1990 or CY91
FSU former Soviet Union
FY[?] fiscal year
FYROM The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
FZ[?] Franc Zone[?]
G-2[?] Group of 2[?]
G-3[?] Group of 3[?]
G-5[?] Group of 5[?]
G-6[?] Group of 6[?]
G-7 Group of 7
G-8 Group of 8
G-9[?] Group of 9[?]
G-10[?] Group of 10[?]
G-11[?] Group of 11[?]
G-15[?] Group of 15[?]
G-19[?] Group of 19[?]
G-24[?] Group of 24[?]
G-30[?] Group of 30[?]
G-33[?] Group of 33[?]
G-77 Group of 77
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; now WTrO
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council
GDP gross domestic product
GDR German Democratic Republic (East Germany); used for information dated before 3 October 1990 or CY91
GNP gross national product
GRT[?] gross register ton[?]
GWP[?] gross world product
Hazardous Wastes Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal[?]
HF high-frequency
IADB Inter-American Development Bank[?]
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IBEC[?] International Bank for Economic Cooperation[?]
IBRD International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
ICC International Chamber of Commerce, not yet (2003): International Criminal Court
ICJ International Court of Justice (World Court[?])
ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRM International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
IDA International Development Association
IDB Islamic Development Bank[?]
IEA International Energy Agency[?]
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC International Finance Corporation
IFCTU[?] International Federation of Christian Trade Unions[?]
IFRCS International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
IGAD[?] Inter-Governmental Authority on Development[?]
IGADD[?] Inter-Governmental Authority on Drought and Development[?]
IHO International Hydrographic Organization
IIB[?] International Investment Bank[?]
ILO International Labor Organization
IMF International Monetary Fund
IMO International Maritime Organization
Inmarsat International Mobile Satellite Organization[?]
InOC[?] Indian Ocean Commission[?]
Intelsat International Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Interpol International Criminal Police Organization
Intersputnik[?] International Organization of Space Communications[?]
IOC International Olympic Committee
IOM International Organization for Migration
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ITU International Telecommunication Union
kHz kilohertz
km kilometer
kW kilowatt
kWh kilowatt hour
LAES[?] Latin American Economic System[?]
LAIA[?] Latin American Integration Association[?]
Law of the Sea United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS)
LDC[?] less developed country[?]
LLDC[?] least developed country[?]
London Convention[?] see Marine Dumping
LOS see Law of the Sea
m meter
Marecs[?] Maritime European Communications Satellite[?]
Marine Dumping Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping Wastes and Other Matter
Marine Life Conservation Convention on Fishing and Conservation of Living Resources of the High Seas
MARPOL[?] see Ship Pollution
Medarabtel[?] Middle East Telecommunications Project of the International Telecommunications Union[?]
Mercosur[?] Southern Cone Common Market[?]
MHz megahertz
MINURSO[?] United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara[?]
MONUC[?] United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[?]
NA[?] not available[?]
NAM Nonaligned Movement
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NC Nordic Council
NEA Nuclear Energy Agency[?]
NEGL[?] negligible[?]
NIB[?] Nordic Investment Bank[?]
NIC newly industrializing country[?]
NIE[?] newly industrializing economy[?]
NM nautical mile
NMT[?] Nordic Mobile Telephone[?]
NSG Nuclear Suppliers Group[?]
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space, and Under Water
NZ New Zealand
OAPEC[?] Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries[?]
OAS Organization of American States
OAU Organization of African Unity
ODA[?] official development assistance[?]
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OECS[?] Organization of Eastern Caribbean States[?]
OIC Organization of the Islamic Conference
OOF[?] other official flows[?]
OPCW Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
OSCE Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Ozone Layer Protection Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
PCA Permanent Court of Arbitration
PDRY[?] People's Democratic Republic of Yemen[?] (Yemen (Aden)[?]) or South Yemen[?]; used for information dated before 22 May 1990 or CY91
PFP[?] Partnership for Peace[?]
Ramsar[?] see Wetlands
RG[?] Rio Group[?]
SAARC[?] South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation[?]
SACU[?] Southern African Customs Union[?]
SADC Southern African Development Community[?]
SFRY[?] Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia[?]
SHF[?] super-high-frequency[?]
Ship Pollution[?] Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships[?], 1973 (MARPOL[?])
Sparteca[?] South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement[?]
SPC South Pacific Commission
SPF[?] South Pacific Forum[?]
sq km square kilometer
sq mi square mile
TAT[?] Trans-Atlantic Telephone[?]
Tropical Timber 83 International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1983
Tropical Timber 94 International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994
UAE United Arab Emirates
UDEAC[?] Central African Customs and Economic Union[?]
UHF ultra-high-frequency
UK United Kingdom
UN United Nations
UNAMIR[?] United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda[?]
UNAMSIL[?] United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone[?]
UNAVEM III[?] United Nations Angola Verification Mission III[?]
UNCRO[?] United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia[?]
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDOF[?] United Nations Disengagement Observer Force[?]
UNDP United Nations Development Program
UNEP United Nations Environment Program
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
UNFICYP[?] United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus[?]
UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF United Nations Children's Fund
UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIFIL[?] United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon[?]
UNIKOM United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission
UNITAR[?] United Nations Institute for Training and Research[?]
UNMIBH United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina
UNMIK United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
UNMOGIP[?] United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan[?]
UNMOP United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka
UNMOT[?] United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan[?]
UNMOVIC United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission
UNOMIG[?] United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia[?]
UNOMSIL[?] United Nations Mission of Observers in Sierra Leone[?]
UNRISD[?] United Nations Research Institute for Social Development[?]
UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
UNSMIH[?] United Nations Support Mission in Haiti[?]
UNTAET United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor
UNTSO United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
UNU United Nations University
UPU Universal Postal Union
US United States
USSR Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union); used for information dated before 25 December 1991
USSR/EE[?] Union of Soviet Socialist Republics/Eastern Europe[?]
VHF very-high-frequency
VSAT very small aperture terminal
WADB[?] West African Development Bank[?]
WAEMU[?] West African Economic and Monetary Union[?]
WCL World Confederation of Labor[?]
Wetlands Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially As Waterfowl Habitat
WEU Western European Union
WFC[?] World Food Council[?]
WFP World Food Program
WFTU World Federation of Trade Unions
Whaling International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
WHO World Health Organization
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WP Warsaw Pact
WTO see WToO for World Tourism Organization or WTrO for World Trade Organization
WToO World Tourism Organization
WTrO World Trade Organization
YAR[?] Yemen Arab Republic[?] Yemen (Sanaa)[?] or North Yemen[?]; used for information dated before 22 May 1990 or CY91
ZC Zangger Committee



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