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.

The IO Partnership aims to support:

  • International instruments which are effective => Results.
  • International instruments which are efficient => Save times and money.
  • International instruments which are trusted and transparent => Supported and understood.

Meeting annually since 2014, the IO Partnership reflects on issues central to the international rulemaking processes, including implementation, impact, inclusiveness, and co-ordination. Through surveys, regular exchanges and focused working group activity, a series of comprehensive analytical reports have been produced.





The Partnership of International Organisations for Effective International Rule-making is cross-sector, and serves a wide variety of organisations involved in international rule-making, notwithstanding their nature or mandate.


ASTM International (ASTM)

Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM)

Basel and Stockholm Convention Secretariat and the UNEP part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat (BRS Conventions)

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Secretariat to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

International Accreditation Forum (IAF)

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

International Energy Agency (IEA)

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cressent (IFRC)

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)


International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

International Organization of Security Commissions (IOSCO)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)

International Organisation for Vine and Wine (OIV)

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OZONE Secretariat)

Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S)

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA)

Secretariat for the Economic Integration of Central America (SIECA)

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner to Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

World Customs Organization (WCO)

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Academic Friends of the Partnership

In November 2017, a selected group of academics gathered at the OECD Headquarters to discuss its potential collaboration with the IO partnership in its substantive areas of work. The discussions confirmed the appetite for such co-operation between the Academic friends of the IO partnership – a flexible and open advisory group– and the IOs, notably through targeted support to the activities of the partnership’s working groups. The establishment of this group aims to facilitate the exchange of relevant information on international rule-making between the two communities and to provide a forum where further (bilateral and other) cooperation opportunities may be raised.



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The descriptions of the key terms on this website are used for the purpose of the IO Partnership only and is without prejudice to the meaning of these terms in individual international organisations of the IO Partnership, including the OECD, as well as in their respective members.