An international organization is an organization with an international membership, scope, or presence. There are two main types:
- International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs): non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate internationally. These may be either:
- International non-profit organizations. Examples include the World Organization of the Scout Movement, International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières.
- International corporations, referred to as multinational corporations. Examples include The Coca-Cola Company and Toyota.
- 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), European Union (EU), which is a prime example of a supranational organization; and World Trade Organization (WTO).
International organizations are
|“||[m]ultinational institutions created by governments or non-governmental organizations. Some governmental international organizations are simply groups of like-minded nations, which meet together periodically. Some are permanent organizations with seconded staff and mutually funded infrastructure.||”|
- ↑ Securing Cyberspace Through International Norms: Recommendations for Policymakers and the Private Sector, at 5.
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