Finding common ground to fix common problems is critical in an increasingly complex world.


In today’s complex and interconnected world, governments, citizens, businesses and civil society increasingly recognise that they cannot overcome the global challenges of today and tomorrow by acting alone. Effective international regulatory co-operation, reinforced by well-functioning, transparent and effective international organisations (IOs), appears increasingly crucial to overcoming global challenges, containing and managing the risks of current and future crises and ensuring economic, social and environmental well-being for all.


From combating COVID-19 and climate change to tackling corruption and closing tax evasion, IOs have a critical role to play in supporting their governments to find common grounds for solving common problems. They provide vital platforms for sharing evidence, exchanging experiences, forging common approaches and developing joint instruments that, in turn, enrich evidence-based rulemaking at both the national and international level. IOs are the backbone of effective global co-operation and governance.


Read the Joint Statement of the Secretariats of the International Organisations:  English / French 


The Partnership of international organisations for effective international rulemaking (IO Partnership) is a voluntary platform that brings together secretariats of 50 IOs and a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, civil society and academics to foster co-operation in international rulemaking, that emerged from the work of the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee. Recognising similarities and respecting differences of each IO’s rulemaking process, the IO Partnership aims to build greater confidence among domestic regulators and legislators that international instruments meet their policy aspirations and needs, and support greater uptake in the national legal framework.  See the concise overview of the Partnership (PDF).


Over the 10 years of collaboration, the IO Partnership work has led to a Compendium of International Organisations’ Practices (IO Compendium), a single repository to find how IOs are striving to improve the quality and impact of their rulemaking. This Compendium builds on the practical experiences of some 50 IOs gathered since 2014 in the framework of the IO Partnership to compile key principles seeking to deliver international instruments that deliver better impact through enhanced quality and coherence, are more transparently prepared, and better meet the needs of IO members, citizens and the planet at large.