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This is a non-exhaustive list of various acronyms that the United Nations use in its various missions and resolutions. If a fellow delegate uses an acronym during a conference and you do not know it, then it may well be somewhere on this list!

AEdit

  • AALCO Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation
  • ACCORD Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation
  • ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
  • ADB Asian Development Bank
  • AfDB African Development Bank
  • AfP Agenda for Protection
  • AFP Agence France-Presse
  • AGDM Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming
  • AHC-O Assistant High Commissioner for Operations
  • AHC-P Assistant High Commissioner for Protection
  • AHI Avian and Human Influenza
  • AI Amnesty International
  • AOR Area of Responsibility
  • AP Associated Press
  • APCI Advisory Panel on Country of Origin Information (UK)
  • APR Annual Protection Report
  • ARC Action for the Rights of Children
  • ASR Annual Statistical Report
  • ATCs Annual Tripartite Consultations
  • AU African Union

BEdit

  • BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
  • BID Best Interests Determination (of the child)
  • BO Branch Office

CEdit

  • CA Civil Affairs
  • CAP Consolidated Appeal Process
  • CAT Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (United Nations)
  • CBA Community-based approach
  • CCA Common Country Assessment
  • CDD Community-driven development
  • CDF Comprehensive Development Framework
  • CEDAW Committee/Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (United Nations) )
  • CERD Committee/Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations)
  • CERF Central Emergency Response Fund
  • CESCR Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (United Nations)
  • CHR Commission on Human Rights (United Nations)
  • CIMIC Civil Military Cooperation
  • CIREA Centre for Informal Discussions and Exchange on Asylum
  • CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
  • CMA Civil Military Affairs
  • CNN Cable News Network
  • CO Commanding Officer
  • CoE Council of Europe
  • COI Country of Origin Information
  • COP Country Operations Plan
  • CPA Comprehensive Plan of Action
  • CPJ Committee for the Protection of Journalists
  • CPR Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Network
  • CRC Committee/Convention on the Rights of the Child (United Nations)
  • CSIS Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • CTD Convention Travel Document

DEdit

  • DAC Development Assistance Committee (United Nations)
  • DAR Development Assistance for Refugees
  • DDR Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme
  • DFID Department for International Development (UK)
  • DHRM Division of Human Resources Management
  • DIPS Division of International Protection Services (UNHCR)
  • DLI Development through Local Integration
  • DOS Department of Operations (UNHCR)
  • DPKO Department of Peacekeeping Operations (United Nations)
  • DPRE Displaced Persons Refugees Evacuees
  • DRRM Donor Relations & Resource Mobilization Service (UNHCR)

EEdit

  • EC European Commission
  • ECHO European Commission Humanitarian Office
  • ECOSOC Economic and Social Council (United Nations)
  • ECRE European Council on Refugees and Exiles
  • EDF European Development Fund
  • EIU Economist Intelligence Unit
  • ELENA European Legal Network on Asylum
  • ERC Emergency Relief Coordinator (United Nations)
  • ERF European Refugee Fund
  • EU European Union
  • Eurasil European Network for Asylum Practitioners of the European Commission
  • EVAC Evacuation
  • EVI Extremely Vulnerable Individual
  • EW Early Warning
  • EW Electronic warfare
  • ExCom Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme (UNHCR)

FEdit

  • FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
  • FAQs Frequently asked questions
  • FDP Formerly deported person (CIS countries)
  • FIDH International Federation for Human Rights
  • FO Field Office

GEdit

  • GA General Assembly (United Nations)
  • GCIM Global Commission on International Migration
  • GDP Gross Domestic Product
  • GIST Geographic Information Support Teams
  • GMG Global Migration Group

HEdit

  • HC High Commissioner (UNHCR)
  • HC Humanitarian Coordinator (United Nations)
  • HDI Human Development Index
  • HE Humanitarian Evacuation
  • HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • HLD High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
  • HRC Human Rights Committee/Council
  • HRO/HUMRO Humanitarian Relief Operations
  • HRW Human Rights Watch

IEdit

  • IARLJ International Association of Refugee Law Judges
  • IASC Inter-Agency Standing Committee (on humanitarian assistance) (United Nations)
  • IC Individual case
  • ICC International Criminal Court
  • ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • ICESCR International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • ICG International Crisis Group
  • ICMC International Catholic Migration Commission
  • ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross
  • ICTR International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • ICTY International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • ICVA International Council of Voluntary Agencies
  • IDMC Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • IDPs Internally Displaced Persons
  • IFA Internal Flight Alternative
  • IFJ International Federation of Journalists
  • IFRC International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • IGAD Intergovernmental Authority on Development
  • IGC-COI Inter-Governmental Consultations Working Group on COI
  • IGO Inspector-General’s Office (UNHCR)
  • IGO Inter-Governmental Organization
  • IJRL International Journal of Refugee Law
  • ILC International Law Commission
  • ILO International Labour Organization
  • IMF International Monetary Fund
  • IMO International Maritime Organization
  • IOM International Organization for Migration
  • IPR International Professional Roster
  • IPs Implementing Partners
  • IRA Internal Relocation Alternative
  • IRB Immigration and Refugee Board (Canada)
  • IRC International Rescue Committee
  • IRIN Integrated Regional Information Networks (United Nations)
  • IRPs Involuntarily Relocated Persons
  • IWPR Institute for War and Peace Reporting

JEdit

  • JAM Joint Assessment Mission
  • JPO Junior Professional Officer

LEdit

  • LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
  • LO Liaison Office
  • LOU Letter of Understanding

MEdit

  • MDGs Millennium Development Goals
  • MFA Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • MIA Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • MNCs Multi-national Corporations
  • MOH Ministry of Health
  • MOI Ministry of the Interior
  • MOSS Minimum Operation Safety Standards
  • MOU Memorandum of Understanding
  • MPG Migration Policy Group
  • MSF Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
  • MSRP Management Systems Renewal Project

NEdit

  • NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • NBC Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
  • NFI Non Food Item
  • NGOs Non-governmental organizations
  • NHRI National Human Rights Institution
  • NRC Norwegian Refugee Council

OEdit

  • OAS Organisation of American States
  • OAU Organisation of African Unity
  • OC Officer Commanding
  • OCHA Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (United Nations)
  • ODIHR Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE)
  • ODMS Organizational Development and Management Service (UNHCR)
  • OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • OFPRA Office Français de Protection des Réfugiés et Apatrides (Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, France)
  • OHCHR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • OHR Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • OIC Organization of the Islamic Conference
  • OIOS Office of Internal Oversight Services (United Nations)
  • OPLAN Operation Plan
  • Ops Operational Partners
  • OSAR Office Suisse d’Aide aux Refugiés (Swiss Office for the Assistance to Refugees)
  • OSCE Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • OSI Open Society Institute

PEdit

  • PARinAC Partnership in Action
  • PDES Policy Development and Evaluation Service (UNHCR)
  • PIP Protection Induction Programme
  • PLP Protection Learning Programme
  • ProCap Protection Capacity
  • PRSP Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (United Nations)
  • PSC Programme Support Costs
  • PSM Peace Support Mission
  • PSO Peace Support Operations

QEdit

  • QIPs Quick Impact Projects

REdit

  • RBM Results-based management
  • RC Resident Coordinator (United Nations)
  • RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • RH Reproductive health
  • RLA Regional Legal Advisor
  • RO Regional Office
  • ROE Rules of Engagement
  • RPPs Regional Protection Programmes
  • RSD Refugee Status Determination
  • RSF Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders)

SEdit

  • S & I Standards and Indicators
  • SC Security Council (United Nations)
  • SCAF Sub-Committee on Administrative and Financial Matters (UNHCR)
  • SCIP Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection (UNHCR)
  • SDPIS Status Determination and Protection Information Section (UNHCR)
  • SGBV Sexual and gender-based violence
  • SIBA Staff member In Between Assignments
  • SitRep Operations Situation Report
  • SO Sub Office
  • SOPs Standard Operating Procedures
  • SPCP Strengthening Protection Capacity Project
  • SPO Senior Protection Officer
  • SRS Self-Reliance Strategy
  • SRSG Special Representative of the Secretary-General (United Nations)
  • STI Sexually transmitted infection
  • SURGE Project Supporting UNHCR Resources on the Ground with Experts on mission

TEdit

  • TF Task Force
  • THAP Temporary Humanitarian Assisted Persons
  • TNCs Trans-national corporations
  • ToC Table of contents
  • ToR Terms of reference
  • TPLP Thematic Protection Learning Programme
  • TRC Truth and Reconciliation Commission

UEdit

  • UAM Unaccompanied minor
  • UDHR Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • UK United Kingdom
  • UN United Nations
  • UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HI/AIDS
  • UNCT United Nations Country Team
  • UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • UNDAC United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination
  • UNDAF United Nations Development Assistance Framework
  • UNDCP United Nations Drug Control Programme
  • UNDG United Nations Development Group
  • UNDHA United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs
  • UNDP United Nations Development Programme
  • UNDPA United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  • UNDSS United Nations Department of Safety and Security
  • UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
  • UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNFPA United Nations Population Fund
  • UNGA United Nations General Assembly
  • UNHABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • UNHCHR United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund
  • UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women
  • UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • UNOPS United Nations Office for Project Services
  • UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • UNSC United Nations Security Council
  • UNV United Nations Volunteers
  • USA United States of America
  • USCRI U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • USDHS United States Department of Homeland Security
  • USDOS United States Department of State
  • UXO Unexploded Ordinance

VEdit

  • VCT Voluntary counselling and testing
  • Volrep Voluntary Repatriation

WEdit

  • WEM Workshop on Emergency Management
  • WFP World Food Programme
  • WHO World Health Organization
  • WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • WTO World Trade Organization

Source:UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR List of Abbreviations, November 2006, available at: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/460cc4a82.html (accessed 24 April 2011)

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