What is an intergovernment agency?

 
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Definition
 

An intergovernment agency is an organization set up by a number of governments in order to cooperate in matters of common interest. Such an agency is funded from dues levied on participating governments.

Function
 

Here are some functions of intergovernment agencies:

 
  • Conducting activities within a particular country through the government of that country
  • Coordinating and stimulating activities consistent with their charters
  • Funding their own programs with dues from member governments and from grants given by particular governments for specific programs
  • Maintaining extensive documentation for their sector of activity
  • Offering training, consultations, and cross-fertilization activities at the request of their member governments
Examples: United Nations bodies
 

Here are some examples of United Nations (UN) bodies that are intergovernment agencies:

 
Examples: Non-United Nations bodies
 

Here are some examples of non-United Nations intergovernment bodies:

 
Nonexamples
 

Here are some nonexamples of intergovernment bodies:

 
  • Agencies that are not funding agencies for grassroots projects
  • Agencies that are not operational in local communities.

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