International Organizations

ICC works with international organizations of all sizes on a host of policy subjects.

Since the 1940s, ICC has engaged in a broad range of activities with the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and many other intergovernmental bodies.

ICC also actively represents business at global forums such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

ICC, as the world business organization, has a close working relationship with the WTO, supporting its work on trade. In 2012, ICC launched the business World Trade Agenda, an initiative proposing that business works together with governments to drive more effective trade talks, answering a call from G20 leaders for new approaches.

ICC also participates in the WTO Expert Group on Trade Finance, which has become an important forum during economic crises, holding regular meetings with partners from commercial banks, the Berne Union, regional development banks, and other multilateral export credit and specialized agencies.

Over the years, ICC has been involved in the work of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ICC has also represented business at the Conference on Financing for Development, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the World Summit on the Information Society.

Relationship with UN

Since 1946, ICC has held top-level consultative status with the United Nations (UN) and a close working relationship with its specialized agencies.

Business, as represented by ICC, has been deeply and constructively engaged over the years in UN meetings and conferences, identifying the crucial components of a global partnership for development and its interlinked priorities.