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International Groups & Unions

International bodies with members sharing commons goals, aspirations and ambitions

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Independent countries working together through international groups, unions and bodies



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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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