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Specialized agencies of the UN System

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)


The WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. WMO has a membership of 188 Member States and Territories Under WMO leadership and within the framework of WMO programs, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services contribute substantially to the protection of life and property against natural disasters, to safeguarding the environment and to enhancing the economic and social well-being of all sectors of society in areas such as food security, water resources and transport. WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters. In the specific case of weather, WMO's programs provide vital information for the advance warnings that save lives and reduce damage to property and the environment. WMO also contributes to reducing the impacts of human-induced disasters, such as those associated with chemical and nuclear accidents and forest fire. In the case of Slovakia, there is well-established cooperation between WMO and the Slovak Hydrometeorological Office (SHMÚ). More information can be found on web pages www.wmo.int, www.shmu.sk.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU)


Established in 1874, the UPU with its Headquarters in Berne (Switzerland), is the primary forum for cooperation between postal-sector players. With 191 member countries, this specialized agency of the United Nations fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and renders technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail volumes and to improve the quality of service for customers. As a non-political organization, it does not interfere in matters that fall within the domestic domain of national postal services. As an inter-governmental institution, the UPU is called upon to play an important leadership role in promoting the continued revitalization of postal services. Cooperation between Slovakia and the UPU goes through the Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications of Slovakia. More information can be found on web pages www.upu.int, www.telecom.gov.sk.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)


UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP Headquarters are in New York. It encompasses 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and their wide range of partners. World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. UNDP focuses in helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery
  • Environment and Energy
  • ·HIV/AIDS

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all UNDP activities, the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women is encouraged. The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP. In each country office, including Slovakia, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole and for other countries as well. More information can be found on web pages www.undp.org, http://europeandcis.undp.org.

Last Update Date: 8.2.2016 Create Date: 21.4.2009