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International institutions in Brussels

International institutions in Brussels
As the seat of many European and international institutions, Brussels is also home to representations of institutions headquartered elsewhere.

These pages provide a brief survey of the large international organisations based in Brussels:

Organisations headquartered in Brussels

  • NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), established in 1949, is a strong strategic military alliance of 28 European and North American states. NATO is headquartered in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Boulevard Léopold III, 1110 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 707 41 11
    Fax: +32 (0)2 707 41 17

    Email: natodoc@hq.nato.int
    Online: www.nato.int
  • The World Customs Organisation (WCO) contributes to economic well-being and the protection of society for the benefit of its members at national level by promoting the establishment of a fair, honest, transparent and predictable customs environment. The principle is to help develop lawful international exchanges and fight fraud efficiently.

    Contact:

    Rue du Marché 30, 1210 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 209 92 11

    Fax: +32 (0)2 209 92 62

    Email: online form
    Online: www.wcoomd.org
  • The Benelux General Secretariat is the administrative centre of the Benelux union.

    Contact:

    Rue de la Régence 39, 1000 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 519 38 11

    Fax: +32 (0)2 513 42 06
    Email: info@benelux.be
    Online: www.benelux.int
  • Eurocontrol, the air-traffic safety agency in Europe, is responsible for providing a uniform air-traffic control system for all 41 member states.

    Contact:

    Rue de la Fusée 96, 1130 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 729 90 11

    Fax: +32 (0)2 729 90 44

    Email: infocentre@eurocontrol.int
    Online: www.eurocontrol.int

Organisations with an office in Brussels

  • The Council of Europe, not to be confused with the Council of the European Union, is tasked with creating a common democratic and legal area, based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. Established on 5 May 1949 by ten founding members, the Council of Europe now has 47 member states. It is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, but there is a Liaison Bureau in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Avenue des Nerviens 85, 1040 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 230 41 70

    Fax: +32 (0)2 230 94 62
    Email: bureau.bruxelles@coe.int
    Online: www.coe.int
  • The United Nations, created in 1945 on the initiative of 51 states, is headquartered in New York, but it also runs a Regional Information Centre for Western Europe in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Rue de la Loi 155, block C2, 1040 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 788 84 84
    Fax: +32 (0)2 788 84 85

    Email: info@unric.org
    Online: www.unric.org
  • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is primarily tasked with helping to maintain peace and security throughout the world by strengthening cooperation between nations through education, science, culture and communication, with due universal respect for justice, law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. UNESCO’s headquarters are in Paris but Brussels hosts a Belgian National Commission at the federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Contact:

    UN House, 5th floor
    Rue Montoyer 14, 1000 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 290 89 60
    Email: brussels@unesco.org
    Online: www.unesco.org
  • UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), established in 1950, is tasked with protecting and assisting refugees around the world. It is headquartered in Geneva but a Regional Delegation for the Benelux Countries and the European Institutions is located in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Rue Van Eyk 11B, 1050 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 627 59 99
    Fax: +32 (0)2 627 59 98

    Email: belbr@unhcr.org

    Online: www.unhcr.org
  • The World Health Organisation is tasked with helping achieve the best level of health in all countries. The main office of the WHO is in Geneva but Brussels is home to a Bureau for the European Union.

    Contact:

    Rue Montoyer 14, 1000 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 506 46 64
    Fax: +32 (0)2 506 46 66

    Email: mortelmansi@who-eu.be
    Online: www.who.int
  • The International Labour Organization’s Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries is located in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Rue Aimé Smekens, 40, 1030 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 736 59 42

    Fax: +32 (0)2 735 48 25

    Email: brussels@ilo.org
    Online: www.ilo.org
  • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is committed to fighting for children’s rights throughout the world. The Belgian Committee is located in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Boulevard de l’Impératrice 66, 1000 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (02) 230 59 70
    Fax: +32 (02) 230 34 62

    Email: info@unicef.be
    Online: www.unicef.be (FR/NL)
  • The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
is the global development network of the United Nations. As an advocate of change, it provides countries with access to the knowledge, experience and resources their citizens need to improve their lives.

    Contact:

    Rue Montoyer 14, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (02) 505 46 20
    Fax: +32 (02) 503 47 29

    Email: brussels.office@undp.org
    Online: www.undp.org
  • The World Bank is one of the world’s most important sources of development aid. It primarily works to help the poorest populations and countries. The Office for the Benelux and the European Union is located in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Avenue Marnix 17, 1000 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (02) 552 00 52
    Fax: +32 (02) 552 00 25

    Email: infobrussels@worldbank.org
    Online: www.banquemondiale.org
  • The African Union works to maintain peace and promote the adoption of international treaties that are especially beneficial to their 50 member countries. Headquartered in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union also has a permanent office in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Avenue Molière 186, 1050 Brussels

    Phone: +32 (0)2 346 97 47
    Fax: +32 (0)2 346 97 28

    Email: africanunion@skynet.be
    Online: www.africa-eu-partnership.org
  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
is tasked with organising the transfer of migrants, refugees and displaced persons to countries offering possibilities of return. The IOM also works on the transfer of technologies to developing countries. Established in 1951, the IOM is headquartered in Geneva but also has an office in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Rue Montoyer 40, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 287 70 00

    Fax: +32 (0)2 287 70 05
    Email: mrfbrussels@iom.int
    Online: www.iom.int
  • The Assembly of the European Regions (AER), which the Brussels-Capital Region joined in 1994, is the largest independent network of regions in Europe. Formed in 1985, the AER speaks for its members, currently stands at 270 regions in 34 countries and 16 inter-regional organisations, and acts as a forum for inter-regional cooperation.
    The AER is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, but there is an office in Brussels.

    Contact:

    Rue d'Arlon 63-67, 1040 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 400 10 54
    Email: info@aer.eu

    Online: www.aer.eu
The presence of numerous European and international institutions makes Brussels a major decision-making centre. In their wake, a host of NGOs, federations, consultancies, press associations and other organisations have set up home in the vicinity of the European neighbourhood.