166 Terms, printable version in PDF available.
Note: Definitions contained in Deardorff’s Glossary of International Economics have been consulted and used as a source for a number of the terms in this glossary.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions. It is also the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff.
Example term: Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
One of the agreements concluded under the Uruguay Round (1986-94) to set out rules with respect to trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights, including copyright and related rights, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, layout-design of integrated circuits and protection on trade secrets.
Keywords: UN, UN Organization, Financial Dictionary, Business Dictionary, Trade Dictionary
Very small glossary of basic medical terms (about 40 terms only) that is part of the Wired Curriculum from The United Nations CyberSchoolBus.
Example term: Incubation period
The period of time after exposure to a disease that it takes for the host to display symptoms of that disease.
Several hundreds terms, last update 1998.
Over the years the UN has developed a distinctive way of describing aspects of peacekeeping. The following glossary contains a brief compilation of terms used in missions around the world. Although there is no official document defining terms used in the mission, these terms are the most frequently used.
Example term: air tasking order
ATO [1. military operations: daily list of missions which includes take-off and landing times, air refueling tracks, the quantity of fuel to be transferred, altitudes to be flown as well as assigned targets; one is posted in the squadron room while a more detailed one is given to the aircrew; 2. movement control: form detailing a flight itinerary (location, ETD and ETA), cargo information (dimensions, weight, number of pieces) and passenger information (UNID, rank and name, etc.)]