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    Geo-political Abbreviations

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    A ABEDA Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
    ACC Arab Cooperation Council
    ACCT Agence de Cooperation Culturelle et Technique; see Agencyfor Cultural and Technical Cooperation; changed name in 1996 to Agence dela francophonie or 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
    AG Andean Group; see Andean Community of Nations (CAN)
    Air Pollution Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
    Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range TransboundaryAir Pollution Concerning the Control of Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides orControl of Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides or Their Transboundary Fluxes
    Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range TransboundaryAir Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants
    Air Pollution-Sulphur 85 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range TransboundaryAir Pollution on the Reduction of Sulphur Emissions or Their TransboundaryFluxes by at Least 30%
    Air Pollution-Sulphur 94 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range TransboundaryAir Pollution on Further Reduction of Sulphur Emissions
    Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range TransboundaryAir Pollution Concerning the Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compoundsor Their Transboundary Fluxes
    AL Arab League
    ALADI Asociacion Latinoamericana de Integracion; see Latin AmericanIntegration Association (LAIA)
    AMF Arab Monetary Fund
    AMU Arab Maghreb Union
    Ancom Andean Common Market; see Andean Community of Nations (CAN)
    Antarctic-Environmental Protocol Protocol on Environmental 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
    B BAD Banque Africaine de Developpement; see African DevelopmentBank (AfDB)
    BADEA Banque Arabe de Developpement Economique en Afrique; seeArab Bank
    for Economic Development in Africa (ABEDA)
    BCIE Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economico;
    see Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE)
    BDEAC Banque de Developpment des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale;
    see Central African States Development Bank (BDEAC)
    Benelux Benelux Economic Union
    BID Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo;
    see Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
    Biodiversity Convention on Biological Diversity
    BIS Bank for International Settlements
    BOAD Banque Ouest-Africaine de Developpement; see WestAfrican Development Bank (WADB)
    BSEC Black Sea Economic Cooperation Zone
    C 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
    CEAO Communaute Economique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest; see WestAfrican Economic Community (CEAO)
    CEEAC Communaute Economique des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale;
    see Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC)
    CEI Central European Initiative
    CEMA Council for Mutual Economic Assistance; also known as CMEAor Comecon
    CEPGL Communaute Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs;
    see Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL)
    CERN Conseil Europeenne pour la Recherche Nucleaire;
    see European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
    CG Contadora Group
    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 Conventionon Climate Change
    CMEA Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CEMA); also knownas Comecon
    COCOM Coordinating Committee on Export Controls
    Comecon Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CEMA); also knownas CMEA
    Comsat Communications Satellite Corporation
    CP Colombo Plan
    CSCE Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; see Organization
    for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
    CY calendar year
    D DC developed country
    Desertification United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in ThoseCountries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularlyin Africa
    DSN Defense Switched Network
    DWT deadweight ton
    E EADB East African Development Bank
    EAPC Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
    EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    EC European Community; see European Union (EU)
    ECA Economic Commission for Africa
    ECAFE Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East; see Economicand Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
    ECE Economic Commission for Europe
    ECLA Economic Commission for Latin America; see Economic Commissionfor Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
    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; see European Union (EU)
    ECWA Economic Commission for Western Asia;
    see Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
    EEC European Economic Community; see European Union (EU)
    EFTA European Free Trade Association
    EIB European Investment Bank
    EMU European Monetary Union
    Endangered Species Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Speciesof Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)
    Entente Council of the Entente
    Environmental Modification Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other HostileUse 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; see European Community(EC)
    Eutelsat European Telecommunications Satellite Organization
    Ex-Im Export-Import Bank of the United States
    F 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 G-2 Group of 2
    G-3 Group of 3
    G-5 Group of 5
    G-6 Group of 6 (not to be confused with the Big Six)
    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;
    subsumed by the World Trade Organization (WTrO) on 1 January 1995
    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
    H Hazardous Wastes Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements ofHazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
    HF high-frequency
    I IADB Inter-American Development Bank
    IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
    IBEC International Bank for Economic Cooperation
    IBRD International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WorldBank)
    ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
    ICC International Chamber of Commerce
    ICEM Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration;
    see International Organization for Migration (IOM)
    ICFTU International Confederation of Free Trade Unions; see World Confederation of Labor (WCL)
    ICJ International Court of Justice (World Court)
    ICM Intergovernmental Committee for Migration; see InternationalOrganization for Migration (IOM)
    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
    IMCO Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization; seeInternational Maritime Organization (IMO)
    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
    K kHz kilohertz
    km kilometer
    kW kilowatt
    kWh kilowatt hour
    L LAES Latin American Economic System
    LAIA Latin American Integration Association
    LAS League of Arab States; see Arab League (AL)
    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
    LORCS League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies;
    see International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS)
    LOS see Law of the Sea
    M m meter
    Marecs Maritime European Communications Satellite
    Marine Dumping Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by DumpingWastes
    and Other Matter
    Marine Life Conservation Convention on Fishing and Conservation of Living Resourcesof the
    High Seas
    MARPOL see Ship Pollution
    Medarabtel Middle East Telecommunications Project of the InternationalTelecommunications Union
    Mercosur Mercado Comun del Cono Sur; see Southern Cone Common Market
    MHz megahertz
    MINURSO United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
    MINUGUA United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala
    MIPONUH United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti
    MONUA United Nations Observer Mission in Angola
    MONUC United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republicof the Congo
    N NA not available
    NACC North Atlantic Cooperation Council; see Euro-Atlantic PartnershipCouncil (EAPC)
    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; see newly industrializingeconomy (NIE)
    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
    O 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
    ONUSAL United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador
    OOF other official flows
    OPANAL Organismo para la Proscripcion de las Armas Nucleares en laAmerica Latina y el Caribe;
    see Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and theCaribbean
    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
    P PCA Permanent Court of Arbitration
    PDRY People's Democratic Republic of Yemen [Yemen (Aden) or SouthYemen];
    used for information dated before 22 May 1990 or CY91
    PFP Partnership for Peace
    R Ramsar see Wetlands
    RG Rio Group
    S SAARC South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
    SACU Southern African Customs Union
    SADC Southern African Development Community
    SADCC Southern African Development Coordination Conference;
    see Southern African Development Community (SADC)
    SELA Sistema Economico Latinoamericana; see Latin American EconomicSystem (LAES)
    SFRY Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; dissolved 5 December1991
    SHF super-high-frequency
    Ship Pollution Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Conventionfor the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973 (MARPOL)
    Sparteca South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic CooperationAgreement
    SPC South Pacific Commission
    SPF South Pacific Forum
    sq km square kilometer
    sq mi square mile
    T TAT Trans-Atlantic Telephone
    Tropical Timber 83 International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1983
    Tropical Timber 94 International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994
    U UAE United Arab Emirates
    UDEAC Union Douaniere et Economique de l'Afrique Centrale;
    see Central African Customs and Economic Union (UDEAC)
    UEMOA Union Economique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine;
    see West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
    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
    UNFPA United Nations Fund for Population Activities; see UN PopulationFund (UNFPA)
    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
    UNMIH United Nations Mission in Haiti
    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
    UNOMIL United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia
    UNOMOZ United Nations Operation in Mozambique
    UNOMSIL United Nations Mission of Observers in Sierra Leone
    UNOMUR United Nations Observer Mission Uganda-Rwanda
    UNOSOM II United Nations Operation in Somalia II
    UNPREDEP United Nations Preventive Deployment Force
    UNPROFOR United Nations Protection Force
    UNRISD United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
    UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugeesin the Near East
    UNSCOM United Nations Special Commission for the Elimination of Iraq'sWeapons of Mass Destruction;
    see United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC)
    UNSMIH United Nations Support Mission in Haiti
    UNTAC United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia
    UNTAES United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slavonia,Baranja, and Western Sirmium
    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
    V VHF very-high-frequency
    VSAT very small aperture terminal
    W WADB West African Development Bank
    WAEMU West African Economic and Monetary Union
    WCL World Confederation of Labor
    WCO World Customs Organization; see Customs Cooperation Council
    Wetlands Convention on Wetlands of International Importance EspeciallyAs 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 WorldTrade Organization
    WToO World Tourism Organization
    WTrO World Trade Organization
    Y YAR

    Yemen Arab Republic [Yemen (Sanaa) or North Yemen];
    used for information dated before 22 May 1990 or CY91

    Z ZC Zangger Committee

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