Directory International Organizations
An international organization is an organization with an international membership, scope, or presence.
There are two main types:
Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
Intergovernmental organizations, also known as international governmental organizations: 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), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe (CoE), European Union (EU; which is a prime example of a supranational organization), and World Trade Organization (WTO). The UN has used the term “intergovernmental organization” instead of “international organization” for clarity.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) / International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) that operate internationally. These include international non-profit organizations and worldwide companies such as the World Organization of the Scout Movement, International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and World Safeguard and Media Limited.