Wikipedia Defines International Organizations as such:
An international organization is an organization with an international membership, scope, or presence. There are two main types:
- International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs): non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate internationally. These may be either:
- International non-profit organizations (e.g. International Committee of the Red Cross.)
- International corportations - referred to as multinational corporations.
- Intergovernmental Organizations, also known as international governmental organizations (IGOs): the type of organization most closely associated with the term international organization, these are organizations that are made up primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states). Notable examples include the United Nations (UN), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe (CoE), European Union (EU; which is a prime example of a supranational organization), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The UN has used the term "intergovernmental organization" instead of "international organization" for clarity
Both types of organizations have played roles in International Affairs.
You can find more information about International Organizations a number of ways:
- Use the information in the Box Below to locate various International Organizations and their Documents.
- Find books on them by searching the Library Catalog.
- Look for Journal Articles on International Organizations. To do so search Databases that index content related to International Relations, or Political Rights and Participation of Citizens in various States. Database covering both are listed in Boxes Below.
- Look for Current information about them by searching for News about them.