International organizations are often divided into Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The book, Guide to IGOs, NGOs, and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations (Hol Ref JZ4850.A17 2000) provides the following explanations: an IGO is formed "when two or more governments sign a multilateral treaty to form such a body and agree to finance its operations." An NGO is a "private, self-governing, not-for-profit organization" which is "dedicated to the service and protection of those sectors of society that tend to be unserved or underserved by governments and other official institutions such as the United Nations."
The Union of International Associations divides International Organizations into 3 categories: Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and provides definitions.
The links on this page are divided into IGOs and NGOs.
United Nations Information
The United Nations publications are available on the website Official Documents of the United Nations (1993- ). The Media Materials & Reserves unit houses the Index to UN Documents and Publications CD-ROM (JX1977.A18 I53x) indexing documents from 1948-present which are full-text in the Readex microfiche collection (JX 1977 .A2, cabinet 18) in the Holland Microforms Rm.
For more about United Nations information see the WSU Libraries Guide United Nations.