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UN Specialized Agencies

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Specialized Agencies are mentioned in the Charter in 

  • Chapter IX, International Economic and Social Co-operation
  • Chapter X, The Economic and Social Council

There are 17* Specialized Agencies:

UN specialized agencies are international organizations working with the UN, in accordance with relationship agreements between each organization and the UN. 

Specialized Agencies each have a process for admitting members and appointing their administrative head.

Article 58 of the Charter states that the UN will make "recommendations for the co-ordination of the policies and activities of the specialized agencies".  Coordination is facilitated through ECOSOC and the Chief Executives Board (CEB). 

*Note: Reference is sometimes made to 15 Specialized Agencies because the World Bank Group, which is now treated as one organization, is composed, in part, of three Specialized Agencies.