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Learn more about the worldwide groups, unions and bodies in which member countries form based on a common goal, aspiration of ambition and work in cooperation with each other and the wider international community. The list of international groups and unions is displayed in alphabetical order and may contain links to third-party websites


Below each group is the flag of all member countries. To view any particular country profile, click on any flag or name which will take you directly to the country’s profile page
African Union (AU)
The African Union or AU was formed in 2008 to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and is focused on creating greater unity amongst its member states.

The AU aims to: –
  • Protect and defend member states
  • Promote and develop economic and political reform
  • Work on scientific and medical research

To learn more about the AU, visit
Algeria  Angola  Benin  Botswana  Burkina Faso  Burundi  Cameroon  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)  Central African Republic  Chad  Comoros  Congo, Democratic Republic of the  Congo, Republic of the  Djibouti  Egypt  Equatorial Guinea  Eritrea  Ethiopia  Gabon  Gambia, The  Ghana  Guinea  Guinea-Bissau  Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)  Kenya  Lesotho  Liberia  Libya  Madagascar  Malawi  Mali  Mauritania  Mauritius  Morocco  Mozambique  Namibia  Niger  Nigeria  Rwanda  Sao Tome and Principe  Senegal  Seychelles  Sierra Leone  Somalia  South Africa  South Sudan  Sudan  Swaziland (Eswatini)  Tanzania  Togo  Tunisia  Uganda  Zambia  Zimbabwe  
Arab League (AL)
The Arab League or AL was formed in 1945 by the six founding members (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria) with the goal to promote greater cooperation within member states and to safeguard independence and sovereignty.

The Arab League has many institutions and groups focused on areas such as economic development, scientific and technical research, all designed to promote the interests of its members

To learn more about the AL, visit
Algeria  Bahrain  Comoros  Djibouti  Egypt  Iraq  Jordan  Kuwait  Lebanon  Libya  Mauritania  Morocco  Oman  Palestine, State of  Qatar  Saudi Arabia  Somalia  Sudan  Syria  Tunisia  United Arab Emirates (UAE)  Yemen  
Caribbean Community (CARICOM/CC)
The Caribbean Community or CARICOM/CC was formed in 1973 by the English-speaking countries within the Caribbean with the goal to promote economic integration and cooperation within the region.

The CARICOM aims to: –
  • Sustain a single market – with the freedom of movement of goods and services
  • Judicial and political – the introduction of the Central Caribbean Court of Justice and on policy matters such as standards and quality
  • Research and development – meteorological, agricultural and climate change

To learn more about CARICOM, visit
Anguilla  Antigua and Barbuda  Bahamas, The  Barbados  Belize  Bermuda  British Virgin Islands  Cayman Islands  Dominica  Grenada  Guyana  Haiti  Jamaica  Saint Kitts and Nevis  Saint Lucia  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Suriname  Trinidad and Tobago  Turks and Caicos Islands  
Central American Integration System (CAIS)

The Central American Integration System or CAIS was formed in 1993 by the six founding member states (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) with the goal around promoting greater cooperation with member states and a standardised policy and judicial framework.

The CAIS aims to: –

  • Sustain a common market – with the freedom of movement for good and services
  • Judicial and political alliance through the introduction of the American Court of Justice
  • Policy integration and economic development

To learn more about the CAIS, visit

Belize  Costa Rica  Dominican Republic  El Salvador  Guatemala  Honduras  Nicaragua  Panama  


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Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

The Commonwealth of Independent States or CIS was formed in 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and is made up of post-soviet republics within Eurasia.

The CIS aims to: –

  • Promote economic and political cooperation
  • Provide a framework for military, security and cross border crime prevention
  • Coordinate activities relating to trade, finance and standardising policies

To learn more about CIS, visit

Armenia  Azerbaijan  Belarus  Kazakhstan  Kyrgyzstan  Moldova  Russia  Tajikistan  Turkmenistan  Uzbekistan  
East African Federation (EAF)

The East African Federation or EAF was formed in 2018 by the six founding member states (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) with the goal of creating a single federated sovereign state.

The EAF aims to develop: –

  • A common market – with the freedom of movement for goods and services
  • A single currency (East African Schilling)
  • Political framework on matters such as foreign and security policies

To learn more about the EAF, visit

Burundi  Kenya  Rwanda  South Sudan  Tanzania  Uganda  
Eurasia Economic Union (EEU)

The Eurasia Economic Union or EEU was formed in 2014 by the three founding member states (Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia) with the goal of creating greater unity, cooperation and the freedom of trade and services across the region

The EEU aims to: –

  • Sustain the single market – with the freedom of movement of goods, services and people
  • Standard policies in areas such as transport, agriculture and energy
  • Plans to form a single currency framework

To learn more about the EEU, visit

Armenia  Belarus  Kazakhstan  Kyrgyzstan  Russia  
European Union (EU)

The European Union or EU was formed in 1993 by the six founding member states (Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) with the goal of creating greater unity, cooperation and the freedom of movement for goods, services and people across the region.

The EU concept was initially conceived after the second world war as a mechanism and unity between countries to avoid similar conflicts occurring in the future and has evolved to become: –

  • Singe Market – the forming of a single market in which goods, service and people can move freely within member states
  • A standardised system of laws and regulations in the region
  • Common defence and security framework
  • Single currency (Euro)

To learn more about the EU visit

Austria  Belgium  Bulgaria  Croatia  Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus)  Czech Republic (Czechia)  Denmark  Estonia  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  Hungary  Ireland  Italy  Latvia  Lithuania  Luxembourg  Malta  Netherlands  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Slovakia  Slovenia  Spain  Sweden  


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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC as it is also known) was formed in 1981 by six regional states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) with the goal to create a customs union, common market and single currency within the region

The GCC member states also cooperate on matters such as:

  • Legal frameworks and regulations
  • Scientific and technical research
  • Unified military cooperation (known as the Peninsula Shield Force)

To learn more about the GCC, visit

Bahrain  Kuwait  Oman  Qatar  Saudi Arabia  United Arab Emirates (UAE)  
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC was formed in 1985 by eight founding member states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) with the goal to: –

  • Improve the wealth of people living in South Asia
  • Accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development

To learn more about SAARC, visit

Afghanistan  Bangladesh  Bhutan  India  Maldives  Nepal  Pakistan  Sri Lanka  
Southern Common Market (Mercosur)

The Southern Common Market or Mercosur was formed in 1991 by the four founding member states (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) with the goal to promote regional development, cooperation and the ambition of integration within the region.

Mercosur is currently more of a customs union between member countries and the wider international community; however, the main aims are to: –

  • Remove trade barriers and the freedom of movements of goods and services within the region
  • The growth and wealth of member state’s people and economies

To learn more about Mercosur, visit

Argentina  Bolivia  Brazil  Chile  Colombia  Ecuador  Guyana  Paraguay  Peru  Suriname  Uruguay  
United Nations (UN)

Formed in 1945, the United Nations or UN represents 193 member states through its charter in areas such as:-

  • Peace and security
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Human rights
  • Disarmament and terrorism
  • Humanitarian and health emergencies
  • Gender equality

The General Assembly is the forum in which member states can both express views and create commonality/agreement on relevant issues/matters

To learn more about the UN, visit

Afghanistan  Albania  Algeria  Andorra  Angola  Antigua and Barbuda  Argentina  Armenia  Australia  Austria  Azerbaijan  Bahamas, The  Bahrain  Bangladesh  Barbados  Belarus  Belgium  Belize  Benin  Bhutan  Bolivia  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Botswana  Brazil  Brunei Darussalam  Bulgaria  Burkina Faso  Burundi  Cambodia  Cameroon  Canada  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)  Central African Republic  Chad  Chile  China, People's Republic  Colombia  Comoros  Congo, Democratic Republic of the  Congo, Republic of the  Costa Rica  Croatia  Cuba  Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus)  Czech Republic (Czechia)  Denmark  Djibouti  Dominica  Dominican Republic  East Timor (Timor-Leste)  Ecuador  Egypt  El Salvador  Equatorial Guinea  Eritrea  Estonia  Ethiopia  Fiji  Finland  France  Gabon  Gambia, The  Georgia  Germany  Ghana  Greece  Grenada  Guatemala  Guinea  Guinea-Bissau  Guyana  Haiti  Honduras  Hungary  Iceland  India  Indonesia  Iran, Islamic Republic of  Iraq  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)  Jamaica  Japan  Jordan  Kazakhstan  Kenya  Kiribati  Korea, North (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)  Korea, South (Republic of Korea)  Kuwait  Kyrgyzstan  Laos  Latvia  Lebanon  Lesotho  Liberia  Libya  Liechtenstein  Lithuania  Luxembourg  Madagascar  Malawi  Malaysia  Maldives  Mali  Malta  Marshall Islands  Mauritania  Mauritius  Mexico  Micronesia, Federated States of  Moldova  Monaco  Mongolia  Montenegro  Morocco  Mozambique  Myanmar  Namibia  Nauru  Nepal  Netherlands  New Zealand  Nicaragua  Niger  Nigeria  North Macedonia  Norway  Oman  Pakistan  Palau  Panama  Papua New Guinea  Paraguay  Peru  Philippines  Poland  Portugal  Qatar  Romania  Russia  Rwanda  Saint Kitts and Nevis  Saint Lucia  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Samoa  San Marino  Sao Tome and Principe  Saudi Arabia  Senegal  Serbia  Seychelles  Sierra Leone  Singapore  Slovakia  Slovenia  Solomon Islands  Somalia  South Africa  South Sudan  Spain  Sri Lanka  Sudan  Suriname  Swaziland (Eswatini)  Sweden  Switzerland  Syria  Tajikistan  Tanzania  Thailand  Togo  Tonga  Trinidad and Tobago  Turkey (Turkiye)  Turkmenistan  Tuvalu  Uganda  Ukraine  United Arab Emirates (UAE)  United Kingdom (UK)  United States of America (USA)  Uruguay  Uzbekistan  Vanuatu  Venezuela  Vietnam  Yemen  Zambia  Zimbabwe  


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