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SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC))

Secretariat: Kathmandu, Nepal
Official languages: English
Establishment: December 8, 1985
SAARC Secretariat was established in Kathmandu on 16 January 1987
Members: (8) Afghanistan (2007), Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 9 observers.
Secretary General: Ahmed Saleem (Maldives).
Chairmen: Mohd. Waheed Hassan ManikCity, Maldives

ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations)
Secretariat: Jakarta, Indonesia
Secretary-General: Le luong Minh (Vietnam).
Bangkok Declaration: 8 August 1967
Charter signed on: 16 December 2008
Members: (10) Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. 2 Observers

OIC
Secretariat: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Official languages: Arabic, English, French
Establishment: September 25, 1969
Secretary-General: Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu (Turkish)
Members: 57 member states
It changed its name from the Organization of the Islamic Conference on 28 June 2011 and renamed as Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Last Conference (12th): 2nd February 2013, Cairo.

ECO
Secretariat: Tehran, Iran
Official languages: English
Establishment: 1985
successor organization of Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD), founded in 1964, which ended activities in 1979.
Secretary-General: Shamil Aleskerov (Azerbaijan)
Members: 10 member states Iran, Pakistan, Turkey Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization)
Secretariat: Beijing, China
Official languages: Chinese and Russian
Establishment: 2001
Secretary-General: Muratbek Sansyzbayevich Imanaliyev (Kryghiztan)
Members: (6 Members) China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
successor organization Shanghai Five, founded in 1996; after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organization.
Observers: (5) Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia
Dialogue Partner: Belarus, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Formation: 4th April, 1949.
HQ: Brussels, Belgium.
Members: 28 states
Official language: English, French.
Secretary General: Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Danish)
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee: Knud Bartels (Danish)
Last summit: 2012, Chicago Summit.
NATO commander in Afghanistan: General Joseph Dunford. Jon Allen.

EU (European Union)
Establishment:
Treaty of Paris – July 1951
Treaty of Rome – January 1957
Maastricht Treaty – February 1992
Treaty of Lisbon – December 2007
Official languages: 23
Member states: 27
President of the Council - Herman Van Rompuy.
President of the Commission - Josť Manuel Barroso.
European Parliament: 754 seats, 3 working places (Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg), President: Martin schulz, 14 Vice president.
Council of the EU (Consilium): Presidency: Ireland.
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Catherine Ashton (UK) - Dec. 2009.
Schengen Agreement: 1995 (26 countries)
Euro Zone: 1st January 1999 (17 members)
ECB (Frankfurt, Germany) President: Mario Draghi
EEA (European Economic Area): EU + Iceland, Norway & Liechtenstein
EU budget summit: 10 Feb 2013, Brussels.


World Population

World: 7,101,800,000
1. China 1,347 million
2. India 1,241 million
3. United States 313 million
4. Indonesia 248 million
5. Brazil 198 million
6. Pakistan 180 million
7. Nigeria 170 million
8. Bangladesh 160 million
9. Russia 143 million
10. Japan 128 millionlu (Turkish)
Members: 57 member states
It changed its name from the Organization of the Islamic Conference on 28 June 2011 and renamed as Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Last Conference (12th): 2nd February 2013, Cairo.
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