Abbreviations &Acronyms Glossary

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IAB Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung = Institute for Employment Research (DE)
IAB Internationale Arbeidsbureau = ILO q.v.
IAC Industrial Advisory Council (UK)
IACS Integrated Administration and Control System (EU aid schemes)
IADB Inter-American Development Bank
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency (based Vienna)
IAO Internationale Arbeitsorganisation = ILO q.v.
IAP International Association of Prosecutors (based The Hague)
IAS = International Accounting Standards
IAW International Alliance of Women
IBB Internationales Bildung- und Begegnungswerk = Association for International Education and Exchange (DE)
IBC i. Integrated Broadband Communications System (telecom.) 
IBC ii. intermediate bulk carrier (shipping)
IBC iii. international business company (Bahamas)
IBO individuele beroepsopleiding in de ondernemen (B) = (suggest) personalised vocational training in companies
IBRD International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
IBW Institutions de Bretton Woods = BWI q.v.
ICA International Co-operative Alliance (based Geneva)
ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organisation
ICC International Chamber of Commerce (founded 1919, based Paris)
ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (UN)
ICE InterCity-Express (DE) (railways: Deutsche Bundesbahn)
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (establ. Copenhagen 1902)
ICFTU International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
ICHEIC International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims
ICIEM Conseil international pour l'exploration de la mer = ICES q.v.
ICM intercultural management (labour, immigration)
ICOBS Information, Communication and Other Business Services (Eurostat: a sector of statistics)
ICOMIA Industrial Council of Marine Industry Associations (based Surrey, UK)
ICR intelligent character recognition (IT: cf. OCR q.v.)
ICSEES International Committee for Soviet and Eastern European Studies
ICSU International Council of Scientific Unions
ICT information and communications technology
ICTY International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UN)
ICW International Council of Women (UN-accredited NGO, based Paris)
IDA i. interchange of data between administrations (EU)
ii. International Development Agency (UN)
IDI indirect injection (automotive)
IDST Information et Documentation Scientifique et Technique see STID
IE inwoner equivalent = PE q.v.
IEA International Energy Agency (based Paris, part of UNESCO)
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
IELTS International English Language Testing System
IEPG Independent European Programme Group (EP: NB appears earlier as 'Progress Group'?)
ieS im engsten Sinne = in the strict sense of the word (term); strictly speaking
IFACI Institut française des auditeurs consultants internes = French Institute of Auditors and Internal Control  
IFD i. impôt fédéral direct (CH) = direct federal tax
IFD ii. International Federation for Documentation (based The Hague)
IFHP International Federation for Housing and Planning
IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
IFOR Implementation Force (NATO: Bosnia, 1995; also found as I-for and PIFOR)
IFR instrument flight rules (aviation)
IFREMER Institut francais pour l'exploitation de la mer = French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
IFRF International Flame Research Foundation (based Ijmuiden)
IFRS = International Financial Reporting Standards
IGADD Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (1985)
IGAS Inspection générale des affaires sociales (FR) = General Inspectorate of Social Affairs
IGCC integrated gasification combined cycle (energy: electricity from coal)
IGEN Inspection Générale de l’Education Nationale = General Inspectorate of National Education (FR)
i.h.a. in het algemeen (NL)
International Institute for Environment and Development (based London)
IHS Institut für Höhere Studien = Institute for Advanced Studies (based Vienna)
IISI International Iron and Steel Institute (based Paris)
IKC Inspectie-Keurings Centrum (NL - ones for various sectors, e.g. agriculture IKC-L"); suggest Inspection and Approval Centre)
IKZ integrale kwaliteitszorg = TQC q.v.
ILO International Labour Organisation: the International Labour Office (also ILO) is the secretariat, operational headquarters and publishing house of the International Labour Organisation (both based Geneva)
ILOR = international letter of request, see MLA
IMA interministerielle Arbeitsgruppe (DE) = (suggest) interministerial working group
IME Institut Monétaire européen = EMI q.v.
IMET Instituut voor Milieu- en Energietechnologie (NL: TNO) = (suggest) Institute for Environmental and Energy Technology
IMO International Maritime Organisation (based London)
IMPs Integrated Mediterranean Programmes (EU)
INCA Institut National du Crédit Agricole (B) = (suggest) National Institute for Agricultural Credit
IND Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (NL)
INED Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (FR)
INDIS Information System of IND q.v.
INES International Nuclear Event Scale (1990: devised jointly by IAEA & NEA/OECD)
INF Intermediate Nuclear Forces (Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) (1988)
INLA International Nuclear Law Association
INSEE Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (FR)
INSERM Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (FR) = French Institute of Health and Medical Research (their website)
IOM International Organisation for Migration (based Geneva)
IPA Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (EU)
IPAP Individual Partnership Action Plan (NATO)
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPCH indice des prix à la consommation harmonisés = HICP q.v.
IPECL International Programme on Elimination of Child Labour (Havana Charter, 1948)
IPO Interprovinciaal Overleg (NL) = (suggest) Interprovincial Consultative Body
IPPNW International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
IPR intellectual property rights
IPT Institut de Prospective Technologique see IPTS
IPTS Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (EU: based Seville)
IRDAC Industrial Research and Development Advisory Council (UK)
IRP integrated resource planning (EU: energy)
IRSID Institut de Recherches de la Sidérurgie Française
IRT incident response team (Interpol)
ISBD International Standard Bibliographic Description: (G) General publications; [M] Monographic Publications; [S] Serial publications (library science)
ISBN International Standard Book Number (library science)
ISC Industrial Service Centre (UK)
ISCED International Standard Classification of Education (UNESCO)
ISDN integrated service digital network (telecom.)
ISEO Instituut voor Sociologisch-Economisch Onderzoek (NL)
ISES i. Institut des Sciences Economiques et Sociales (CH)
ISES ii. International Solar Energy Society (based Freiburg, Germany, since 1994; founded 1954)
ISIC International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (UN)
ISM International Safety Management (IMO's ISM Code, 1993)
ISMUN = International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations
ISO International Organisation for Standardisation (NB not "International Standardisation Organisation"; based Geneva)
ISR investissement socialement responsable = ethical investment
ISP internet service provider
ISPA instrument de soutien à la pré-adhésion = instrument for structural policy for pre-accession; (usually called) instrument for pre-accession aid (EU)
ISSA International Social Security Association
(based Geneva, part of ILO)
ISSN International Standard Serial Number (library science)
ITC International Trypanotolerance Centre
ITF International Transport Federation
ITO International Trade Organisation (early abortive attempt under UN)
ITS intelligent transport system (transport)
ITTA International Tropical Timber Agreement
ITTO International Tropical Timber Organisation
IUCN World Conservation Union (name adopted 1990; previously called International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources [1956-1990] and International Union for the Protection of Nature [1948-1956]. The IUCN acronym is used in all languages, though French sometimes uses UICN. A Swiss-based NGO.)
IULA International Union of Local Authorities
IULN International Union of Latin Notaries (South America)
IUPT International Union of Public Transport International Union of Public Transport
IUR International Union of Railways
IUT institut universitaire de technologie (FR)
IVD Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Dampfkesselwesen (part of TU Stuttgart)
IVSS Internationale Vereinigung für Soziale Sicherheit = ISSA q.v.
IW Köln Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln = Cologne Institute for Economic Research
IWC International Whaling Commission
IWGIA International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (human rights, 1968; based Copenhagen)

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