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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 Protocol to the 1979
Organic Pollutants 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 Protocol to the 1979
Organic Compounds 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 on Environmental
Protocol 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
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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