CERN maintains quality relationships with several other international organisations, in accordance with Article VIII of its Convention. These mutually beneficial relationships are primarily scientific and technical in nature and concern the following organisations:
International scientific organisations
CERN cooperates with a number of international scientific organisations, in particular through the EIROforum, a group of eight large European research organisations (CERN, ESA, ESO, EMBL, ESRF, Eurofusion, European XFEL, ILL). In addition, CERN has signed specific bilateral cooperation agreements with ITER, ESA, ESO and IRENA.
United Nations system
CERN has signed cooperation agreements with several UN organisations: UNESCO, UNITAR, UNOSAT (hosted at CERN), ILO, WIPO, WMO, WHO, UNOG and IPU. Notable areas of cooperation include training, the management of complex IT systems and data preservation.
In 2012, the member states of the United Nations formally recognised the positive role of CERN in the international community and its contribution to the resolution of global issues by adopting a resolution granting CERN observer status at the United Nations General Assembly.
Cooperation between CERN and the European Union has been formalised on several occasions, notably in 1985 (when CERN granted observer status to the European Community) and in 1994 and 2009 (with the signing of an administrative arrangement and a memorandum of understanding, respectively). The European Commission and CERN enjoy a close working relationship, with a view to the coordination of particle physics research throughout Europe.