International Monetary Fund
IMF is an international organization of 182 member countries,
established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange
stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth
and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial
assistance to countries under adequate safeguards to help ease balance
of payments adjustment.
International Tropical Timber Organisation
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) was created by treaty in 1983 and its headquarters was established in Yokohama, Japan, in late 1986. The primary idea is to provide an effective framework for consultation among producer and consumer member countries on all aspects of the world timber economy within its mandate. Among its multiple objectives is a commitment to assist members to meet ITTO's unique Year 2000 Objective, which states that by the year 2000 all tropical timber products traded internationally by Member States shall originate from sustainably managed forests.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
The OECD groups 30 Member Countries in an organisation that, most importantly, provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. They compare experiences, seek answers to common problems and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies that increasingly in today's globalised world must form a web of even practice across nations.
The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance. In Fiscal Year 2001, the institution provided more than US$17 billion in loans to its client countries. It works in more than 100 developing economies with the primary focus of helping the poorest people and the poorest countries. For all its clients the Bank emphasizes the need for: Investing in people, particularly through basic health and education; Focusing on social development, inclusion, governance, and institution-building as key elements of poverty reduction; Strengthening the ability of the governments to deliver quality services, efficiently and transparently; Protecting the environment; Supporting and encouraging private businesses development; promoting reforms to create a stable macroeconomic environment, conducive to investment and long-term planning.
World Trade Organisation
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international body dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations. These documents provide the legal ground-rules for international commerce. They are essentially contracts, binding governments to keep their trade policies within agreed limits. Although negotiated and signed by governments, the goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.