Americas

The centre of UN activity in North America is New York City, USA, host of the United Nations Headquarters.  The centre of UN activity in South America is Santiago, Chile, home to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
View of the Gray Lake Glacier in Torres del Paine, Chile. where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited in 2007 to see first hand the effects of the climate change on melting glaciers.

United Nations Headquarters

UN Headquarters in New York City, USA, is home to the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, and much of the UN Secretariat. New York City also hosts the headquarters of  UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women.

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Santiago, Chile contributes to the economic development of Latin America, coordinates actions directed towards this end, reinforces economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world, and promotes the region's social development.

Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys to the Americas.

Department of Political Affairs (DPA)

The UN’s Department of Political Affairs works in many countries, regions, and areas of concern in the Americas.

Department of Public Information (DPI)

The United Nations has 10 Information Centres in the Americas.

UN System Offices in the Americas

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP works with national and independent partners in countries and territories in the Americas region to promote its main goals, foster knowledge exchange and help countries achieve the MDGs. UNDP's Regional Centre in Panama serves countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  It focuses on strengthening the capacities of the country offices, which in turn assist governments and communities in achieving sustainable development and the MDGs. UNDP Headquarters is in New York City.

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

UNCDF has country programmes in the Americas. 

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF has country offices in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a regional office in Panama City, Panama.  UNICEF Headquarters is in New York City.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA has a regional office in Panama City, Panama and a sub-regional office (Caribbean) in Kingston, Jamaica. The UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean serves countries and overseas territories in the English and Dutch-Speaking Caribbean.  UNFPA Headquarters is in New York City.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

UNHCR works in the Americas in Latin America, North America and the Caribbean.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO works in countries in the Americas  Its regional office for the Americas is located in Washington DC (United States).

Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

UNAIDS works in the Americas in the United States and Canada, and has country offices in Latin America and in the Caribbean region.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO gives support to the Americas Region through its country offices in  Lima, PeruSan José, Costa Rica, Santiago de Chile, Chile, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brasilia, Brazil, Mexico City. Mexico, Montevideo, Uruguay and the United States.

UN Women

UN Women operates in Latin America and the Caribbean through its regional office in Panama City. It has country offices in Bolivia, Brazil, Barbados, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico.  UN Women Headquarters is in New York City.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

UNIDO has a liaison office in New York and regional and country offices in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a Focal point in Cuba.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO has offices in Latin America and the Caribbean and a liaison office in New York City. 

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

OHCHR has a liaison office in New York City. OHCHR's South America Regional Office is in Santiago, Chile and covers Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.  OHCHR's Regional Office for Central America is in Panama City, Panama and covers Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as regional issues and activities. It also covers the Dominican Republic until a human rights adviser is deployed.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA, part of the UN Secretariat, has regional and country offices in Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UNODC has a liaison office in New York, and regional offices in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

UNOPS has country offices in Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO has a Regional Office in Santiago, Chile which supports Member Nations by monitoring food security levels; assisting in the design and implementation of hunger-eradication strategies, laws and programmes; and promoting family farming, agricultural and rural development and climate-change adaptation policies.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD has a number of offices in Latin America and the Caribbean.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The IAEA works in the Americas through its Division for Latin America and the Caribbean.

World Bank

The World Bank has its Headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA and has country offices in Latin America and the Caribbean.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF has its Headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA, and has Resident Representative offices in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The ICAO North American, Central American and Caribbean Office was established in Mexico City. It works closely with a diverse mix of Contracting States and Territories, which results in very complex and challenging aeronautical issues that require a global perspective. 

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The IMO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean Subregion is in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

The ITU has a regional presence in the Americas.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO has a Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean which is responsible for providing technical assistance and capacity building programmes to WIPO Member States from the Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC).

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

UN-Habitat has a Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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