In 1946 the Economic and Social Council, stressing its desire to “discharge effectively its responsibility to coordinate the activities of the specialized agencies”, adopted resolution 13(III) which requested the Secretary-General to “establish a standing committee of administrative officers of the specialized agencies brought into relationship with the United Nations, for the purpose of taking all appropriate steps, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, to ensure the fullest and most effective implementation of the agreements entered into between the United Nations and the specialized agencies.” The UN Secretary-General established the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), then known as Coordination Committee. The title of ACC was given in 1948 to distinguish it from ECOSOC’s own Coordination Committee.

Dates Organizations Signed Relationship Agreements with the UN

  • International Labour Organization (ILO): 14 December 1946
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): 14 December 1946
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): 14 December 1946
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): 13 May 1947
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD): 15 November 1947
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF): 15 November 1947
  • Universal Postal Union (UPU): 1 July 1948
  • World Health Organization (WHO): 10 July 1948
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU): 1 January 1949
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO): 20 December 1951
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC): 20 February 1957
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO): 13 January 1959
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): 17 December 1974
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): 6 April 1978
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO): 1 January 1986
  • World Tourism Organization (UNWTO): 23 December 2003
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM): 25 July 2016