International Relationships Comparing United Nations and World Trade Organization

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International Relationships Table



United Nations:

World Trade Organization:



Complete the table below for both the United Nations and World Trade Organization by providing a description of the Purpose, Major Functions, and Current Members for each organization.


Answer this question:

Select one organization; the United Nations, or the World Trade Organization.

What is the relationship between this organization and international business?

The relationship that I see between World Trade Organization (WTO) and international business is that the WTO plays a neutral role in the system of trade and negotiation for all members involved in international business to include imports and exports. The WTO in responsible for providing, maintaining and ensuring that: legal ground-rules are upheld by all members involved in international business. International business is able to continue imports and exports while all government agencies maintain social and environmental objectives through WTO supervision.

United Nations

World Trade Organization


Bring all nations together throughout the world for peace and development for peace, justice and the well-being of humanity.

Address international problems.

Balance global interdependence and national interests for all countries.

Maintain international peace and security

Develop friendly relations among nations

Cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems

Promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms

Be a center for harmony between all nations

Operates a system of trade rules and negotiations for all members

Provide a neutral negotiation environment for all members

Liberalize trade for all members

Negotiate membership aid for trade agreements for all members

Settle trade disputes for all members

Major Functions

Provide policy integration and analysis

Provide analytical support and policy guidance

Provide strategic analysis and policy research

Provide policy analysis and guidance

Provide innovative approaches to sustainable development for finance, trade, poverty reduction and so forth

Develop friendly relations among nations

Attain international cooperation in solving international problems

Maintain international peace and security for all nations

Sustain economic and social development of all nations

Maintain and preserve human rights of all nations

Maintain humanitarian affairs to alleviate human suffering and material destruction in emergency disaster situations for all nations

Maintain and uphold international laws for all nations

Handle, preserve and uphold rules of trade between members

Provide the legal ground-rules for international commerce

Implement and negotiate trade agreements between members

Mediate conference policy negotiations between members

Implement conference policy decisions for members

Ensure that all members adhere to WTO policies and agreements

Help trade flow as freely as possible

Help companies, exporters, and importers conduct business, while allowing governments to meet social and environmental objectives

Facilitate free trade through negotiations

Ensure that all countries are treated equally and without discrimination during trade negotiations

Support fair competition for trade agreements

Implement trade liberalization programs

Encourage development and economic reform for underdeveloped countries through accelerated market access, increased technical assistance and so forth.

Current Members

There are currently 192 member states of the United Nations

There are currently 151 members of the World Trade Organization


United Nations (2008). UN: United Nations. Retrieved...
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