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United Nations Agencies headquartered in Italy

Italy vaunts a widespread presence of United Nations agencies throughout the national territory that was built over the decades and addresses a wide range of sectors of activity. Rome is the seat of the FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, of the World Food Programme (WFP) and of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Mention should also be made of the presence in Brindisi of the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) and of the UN Logistics Base in Brindisi that – as “Global Service Centre” – has the task of providing support in the deployment of peacekeeping operations, including in the information technology and telecommunication sectors,  and is emerging as a structure of excellence and innovation for managing the environmental impact of the UN operations.

Mention should also be made of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) in Turin, the training centre offering courses for United Nations’ staff members and for the personnel of UN Partner Countries.

Up to 2003, the UN had an Information Office in Italy (and in eight more European Countries – Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland) that provided information on the activities and actions of the United Nations through information material, reports and documents released by the United Nations and also through communication campaigns. After the UN’s Information Offices in Europe were reorganised in 2004, a single United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) was established in Brussels to provide communication and information services on the United Nations Organization to all European countries.

The presence of the United Nations in Italy constitutes a significant value added. It is worth preserving, consolidating and enhancing not only for evident political reasons (international prestige, visibility, and the possibility of contributing to decision-making mechanisms) but also as a growth factor capable of assuring a positive fallout on the economy (on the supply chain and orders) as well as on the socio-cultural context (opening up and internationalising civil society and the world of academia and research, etc.).

More specifically, Italy hosts the following UN agencies:


1) The three Rome-based UN agri-food and food security Agencies team (FAO, WFP, IFAD)

a)  FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome

Tel: +39 06 / 57051; Fax: +39 06 / 57053152




Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a United Nations Agency specialised in fighting hunger in the world.

b)  WFP – World Food Programme  Via Cesare Giulio Viola , 68  Parco dei Medici – 00148 Rome

Tel: +39 06 65 131; Fax: +39 06 65 90 632




The World Food Programme (WFP) was established in 1961 as the operational arm of the United Nations system for the provision of food aid, especially in a situation of humanitarian crisis. The WFP also supports the transition from international aid to sustainable development in post-crisis scenarios.

c)  IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development

Via Paolo di Dono, 44  00142 Rome

Tel: +39 06 / 54591; Fax: +39 06 / 5043463


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was established in 1977 as a specialised UN Agency with the mandate to combat hunger and poverty and to support sustainable rural development in Less Developed Countries (LDC).

2)  UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Regional representation for Southern Europe

Via Caroncini 19, 00197 Rome

Tel: +39 06 / 802121; Toll-free number: 800.298.000

Fax: Protection Section: +39 06 80212324

Fundraising Section: +39 06 80691764

 Press Office: +39 06 80212325




Press Office:


The UNHCR’s Rome Office deals with the protection of refugees, and displaced and stateless persons. In particular, with the status of observer without the right to vote, it sits on the National Commission for the Right to Asylum and is a full member of 10 Local Commissions in charge of examining asylum requests and participates in the process to determine the status of refugee in Italy. It also performs activities relative to international protection, education and training, the dissemination of information on refugees and asylum seekers in Italy and in the different crisis areas around the world, and to raising public awareness and promoting fundraising activities with Governments, companies and private individuals.

In 2006, the Italian Office of the UNHCR expanded its competences and became the Regional Representation for Southern Europe with jurisdiction, in addition to Italy, over Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, the Holy See and, as of 2009, also over Albania, with the role of coordinator of regional activities focused on asylum seekers and refugees in these Countries.


3)  UNDESA-HRIC – United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Human Resources for International Cooperation

c/o FAO Headquarters, Room B002

Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome

Tel: +39 06 /5705 4638;  Fax: +39 06 /5705 4075



The UNDESA Office in Rome promotes and coordinates development cooperation initiatives in conjunction with Italian and European institutions and in partnership with civil society organizations and enterprises. The Office, in cooperation with the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), caters to the Human Resources for International Cooperation, and especially the implementation of the following training curricula: JPO ( Italian Associate Experts and Junior Professional Officers)Italian Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources DevelopmentJunior Professionals in Delegation (JPD),  the  National Civil Service in Italy and Abroad  and  UN Volunteers.

4)  ILO – International Labour Organization – Office for Italy

Via Panisperna 28, 00184 Rome

Tel: +39 06 / 6784334 – +39 06 6794950

Fax: +39 06 / 6792197



The ILO is the only United Nations Agency with a tripartite structure because it unites representatives of government, of the world of business and of trade union confederations, called constituents. The Rome Office of the ILO is the Organization’s representative office with its constituents in Italy and in the Republic of San Marino and maintains contacts with the world of academia, the civil society and the Holy See. The Rome Office, a point of reference for labour issues and social rights, promotes the Organization’s interests and initiatives at national level through a range of activities, such as organising conferences and events on the main issues dealt with by the ILO, conducting awareness raising and information campaigns for civil society and the media, informing and assisting the constituents, and providing an information and documentation service to the general public.

5)  WORLD BANK GROUP – Office for Italy

Via Labicana 110, 00184 Rome

Tel. +39 06 777 10 210; Fax: +39 06 / 7096046

Videoconference: +39 06 / 77591129



Head of Office:


The Rome Office of the World Bank performs representation duties and facilitates cooperation between the Bank and Italian institutions active in international cooperation with a special focus on cooperation in the area of the Mediterranean and the Balkans.

6)  UNIDO ITPO Italy – United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Investment and technology Promotion Office Italy

Via Paola 41, 00186 Rome

Tel: +39 06 / 6796521 



Created in 1987, ITPO ITPO Italy was established in 1987 and provides a number of services, both at institutional and corporate level, aimed at implementing industrial cooperation projects between companies in Less Developed Countries (LDC) and in Italy. ITPO Italy has also expedited programmes in specific sectors (e.g. the agri-food and textile sectors) in order to promote the export of production and management models to LDCs with a view to developing small and medium-sized enterprises.


7)  Support Offices:

a)  UNICRI – United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Rome Office

Piazza S. Marco, 50 – 00186 Rome

Tel: +39 06 6789907; Fax: +39 06 6780668



The Rome Office of UNICRI acts as the antenna of the UNICRI’s Turin Headquarters and as the support base for the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) of Brussels.

b)  UNHRD/WFP United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot – Support Office 

Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68-70, Parco Dei Medici – 00148 Rome

Tel: +39 0665132302, Fax. +39 0665132845


Support Office of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD).

United Nations training and research district:

1)    UNSSC – United Nations System Staff College 

Viale Maestri del Lavoro 10, 10127 Turin

Tel: +39 011 / 653 5911 Fax 011 / 653 5901



Established in July 1996, the Staff College’s mission is to provide training and refresher courses to officials of the UN System through courses on different subjects (peace and security, human rights, the environment, personnel management). It will play an increasingly relevant role in the initiative promoted by the UN Secretary General Antóonio Guterres to reform the UN system of governance, which has become operational since 2019.

2)  UNICRI – United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

Viale Maestri del Lavoro 10, 10127 Turin

Tel: +39 011 / 6537111; Fax: +39 011 / 6313368 



Founded in 1968, the Institute aims to perform research, training, technical cooperation and information dissemination on preventing and combating crime, by assisting governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in defining and implementing innovative policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

3)  ITC- ILO – International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization

Viale Maestri del Lavoro 10, 10127 Turin

Tel: +39 011 / 6936111; +39 011 / 6638842



Established in 1964, the Centre promotes training activities and the development of human resources with a view to promoting “decent work”. Since 1990, the Centre has been organising post-graduate and master courses especially targeted on Government officials, directors and trainers in public and private agencies, the directors of training institutes and the directors and trainers of employers’ associations and trade union organizations.


United Nations Humanitarian Response and Logistics Bbase:

1)  Global Service Centre – United Nations Logistics Base (UNLB)

c/o Aeroporto Militare “O. Pierozzi”

Piazza Del Vento, 1 72100 Brindisi


Tel: (switchboard): +39 0831 / 056000;

Fax: +39 0831/ 418758


The United Nations Logistics Base has been present in Brindisi since the mid-1990s. Initially used as a depot for the material no longer used by the UNPROFOR mission in the former Yugoslavia, the Base has expanded its functions over the years in parallel with the UN’s greater engagement in stabilising areas of crisis. The United Nations Logistics Base (UNLB) in Brindisi has been recognised the status of “Global Service Centre” (GSC) within the UN’s new logistics support strategy, the so-called “Global Field Support Strategy” (GFSS). It provides logistics support to all UN operations, hosts the UN satellite communication centre and provides vocational training also for managing the environmental impact of UN operations.

2)  United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD)

c/o Aeroporto Militare “O. Pierozzi”

S.S. 16 San Vito dei Normanni, 72100 Brindisi

Tel: +39 0831 / 506650; Fax: +39 0831 / 418758



The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi is managed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and started its operations on June 1, 2000, after having moved its operations from Pisa in order to be able to exploit a larger facility in its mission to support needy populations through humanitarian aid. The Depot is part of a network comprising five logistic bases – in addition to Brindisi, also in Ghana, Dubai, Panama and Malaysia – whose aim is to assist the populations of countries hit by natural disasters or complex emergencies, thus enhancing the international community’s response capacity by repositioning relief supplies and delivering them in the areas affected. The Base is capable of delivering relief supplies in 24-48 hours in any part of the world.


United Nations Science District

1)  ICTP – International Center for Theoretical Physics “Abdus Salam”

Strada Costiera, 11 34151 Trieste

Tel: +39 040 / 2240111; Fax: +39 040 / 224163



Founded in 1964, it is the first international research centre created in the city of Trieste at the proposal of the Nobel Prize Laureate Abdus Salam. The Centre was created through a Tripartite Agreement between the Italian Government, the UNESCO and the IAEA and operates in the field of theoretical and applied physics and of theoretical and applied mathematics, with a special focus on developing Countries and transition economies. Its goal is to facilitate contacts between scientists, offer scholarships and organise study and training activities on basic research projects in the sectors within its scope of competence.

2)  TWAS –  The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries

c/o ICTP – Strada Costiera, 11 34151 Trieste

Tel: +39 040 / 2240327; Fax: +39 040 / 224559



TWAS was founded in 1983 by a group of scientists from Developing Countries and was opened in Trieste in 1985. To date, it counts 1000 members from the Academies of Science of 90 Countries (mostly Developing). The Centre manages scientific and technological cooperation programmes in 90 Developing Countries and in all the transition economies. In particular, it supports and promotes excellence in scientific research, making available to the scientists of the Countries concerned the research facilities needed for them to perform their work and encouraging South-North and South-South cooperation through the creation of science networks.


3)  IAP – Inter Academy Panel

c/o ICTP – Strada Costiera, 11 34151 Trieste

Tel: +39 040 / 2240680; Fax: +39 040 / 2240688



The Inter Academy Panel is an association of 106 Academies of Science of different Countries of the world (two-thirds of which are from Developing Countries) and has the goal of promoting scientific cooperation between Academies on interdisciplinary programmes (biosecurity, sustainable development, climate change).

4)  IAMP – Inter Academy Medical Panel

c/o ICTP – Strada Costiera, 11 34151 Trieste

Tel: +39 040 / 2240571; Fax: +39 040 / 2240688



The Secretariat of the IAMP, founded in 1990, is an affiliate network of the IAP that moved its Secretariat from Washington to the Trieste-based TWAS in 2004 and now shares their headquarters. It is an association of 72 Academies of Science of several Countries around the world and its goal is to promote medicine and science in the world, acting as the interlocutor and consultant of the Governments of the most developed Countries in their relations with developing and emerging Countries.


UNICEF – IRC – Innocenti Research Centre of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

Via degli Alfani 58 – 50121 Florence

Tel: +39 055 / 20330; Fax: +39  055 / 2033220



The Innocenti Research Centre headquartered in Florence is UNICEF’s major research agency in the field of childhood care, a knowledge hub and an independent forum of ideas, which was established for the purpose of disseminating surveys, statistics and best practices to UNICEF field offices.



WWAP – World Water Assessment Programme

Villa La Colombella- Località di Colombella Alta

06134 Colombella (PERUGIA) – Italy

Tel: +39 075 / 5911 011 / and 075 /691 96 67



The World Water Assessment Programme, founded in 2000, is the United Nations Programme for the assessment of the planet’s water resources. Coordinated by UNESCO, the WWAP monitors the issues relative to freshwater resources with a view to delivering recommendations at national and supranational level and periodically publishes the “World Water Development” Report. The WWAP has been based in Perugia since 2007 and is financed by Italy.



1)  UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe

Palazzo Zorzi 4930 Castello, 30122 Venice

Tel: +39 041 / 2601511; Fax: +39 041/ 5289995



The Venice-based UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe focuses its activities on the Countries of South-East Europe and of the Mediterranean Basin. It promotes cooperation and provides technical skills to the aforesaid areas; it implements and sponsors multi- and transdisciplinary activities in the field of science and of culture; it is the point of conjunction between the UNESCO and international private committees, associations and organizations for the safeguard of Venice.

2)  WHO – World Health Organization’s European Office for Investment for Health and Development

c/o Ospedale SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Corridoio San Domenico, 6777 Sestiere Castello – 30122 Venice

Tel: +39 041/2793865; Fax: +39 041/2793869



Venice is the headquarters of the World Health Organization’s European Office for Investment for Health and Development. The mission of this Office is to develop a transparent, systematic and scientific evidence-based approach to fully integrating the socio-economic drivers of health into the development strategies of the WHO’s European Member Countries. The Office also deals with “poverty and health”, monitors Europe’s enforcement of the Millennium Development Goals and spearheads lifestyles that are given great consideration in the health policies promoted by the European Union.