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International Relations *: Abbreviations

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Abbreviations - United Nations

The Treaties

CAT.....Convention against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
CEDAW.....Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
CRC.....Convention on the Rights of the Child
CRC-OPAC.....Optional Protocol to the CRC on the involvement of children in armed conflict
CRC-OPSC.....Optional Protocol to the CRC on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
ICCPR.....International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
ICCPR-OP1.....Optional Protocol to the ICCPR (on individual complaints)
ICCPR-OP2.....Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty
ICERD.....International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 
ICESCR.....International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICRMW.....International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
OPCAT.....Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture 
UDHR.....Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The Treaty Bodies

CAT.....Committee against Torture
CEDAW.....Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
CERD.....Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
CESCR.....Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
CMW.....Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
CRC.....Committee on the Rights of the Child
HRC.....Human Rights Committee


United Nations Bodies

CHR.....Commission on Human Rights
DAW.....Division for the Advancement of Women
DESA.....Department of Economic and Social Affairs
ECOSOC.....Economic and Social Council
FAO.....Food and Agriculture Organization
HABITAT.....United Nations Human Settlement Programme
ILO.....International Labour Office or Organization
OCHA.....Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OHCHR.....Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights UN United
UNAIDS.....Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP.....United Nations Development Programme
UNFPA.....United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR.....United Nations High Commission for Refugees
UNICEF.....United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIFEM.....United Nations Development Fund for Women
WHO.....World Health Organization