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As well as national governments, there are several influential governing and regulatory organizations (besides the United Nations) which have an influential effect on the state of the world. We try to present a balanced and fair portrayal of all the players on the world scene, but, as in any human endeavour, there are differences between nations, political, religious and economic groups as to how peace can be brought about. We can, however, point out that many groups profess to espouse peaceful intent, and that is perhaps the point upon which we must focus.

The World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is located in Geneva, Switzerland, and has become an influential organization in the economic and political world. The WTO the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The predicted outcome of their activities is designed to ensure consumers and producers secure supplies and greater choice of the finished products, components, raw materials and services that they use.

The philosophy of the WTO is that their actions create a more prosperous, peaceful and accountable economic world. Decisions in the WTO are typically taken by consensus among all member countries and they are ratified by members’ parliaments. Trade friction is channelled into the WTO’s dispute settlement process where the focus is on interpreting agreements and commitments, and how to ensure that countries’ trade policies conform with them. That way, the risk of disputes spilling over into political or military conflict is reduced

By lowering trade barriers, the WTO’s system also breaks down other barriers between peoples and nations. By lowering trade barriers, the WTO’s system also breaks down other barriers between peoples and nations At the heart of the system — known as the multilateral trading system are the WTO’s agreements, negotiated and signed by a large majority of the world’s trading nations, and ratified in their parliaments. These agreements are the legal ground-rules for international commerce. Essentially, they are contracts, guaranteeing member countries important trade rights. They also bind governments to keep their trade policies within agreed limits to everybody’s The agreements were negotiated and signed by governments. But their purpose is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

[NATO logo] North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington on 4 April 1949, creating an alliance of 12 independent nations committed to each other's defence. Four more European nations later acceded to the Treaty between 1952 and 1982. On 12 March 1999, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland were welcomed into the Alliance, which now numbers 19 members.The North Atlantic Treaty has continued to guarantee the security of its member countries ever since. Today, following the end of the Cold War and of the division of Europe, the Alliance has been restructured to enable it to participate in the development of cooperative security structures for the whole of Europe. It has also transformed its political and military structures in order to adapt them to peacekeeping and crisis management tasks undertaken in cooperation with countries which are not members of the Alliance and with other international organisations.

Increasingly, though, NATO has become a more pliant tool in the United States foreign policy, as American politicians have become increasingly frustrated in obtaining agreement from the United Nations to endorse US foreign relations and military actions deemed essential by the U.S.