Micro-state participation in international organizations


The participation of micro-states, small in area, population and human and economic resources, may weaken an international organization. There are many small territorial entities which have achieved political independence and are thus eligible for membership in major intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations. These organizations, which subscribe to the principle of universality, have been unable to formulate criteria for a lower limit by which to exclude the smallest states which, despite their willingness, do not have the resources to permit them to participate fully in the work of such organizations.


Countries with a population of one million or less are considered micro-states, or micro-territories. There are presently some 94 that fit this definition: in the African region there are 16; in the Americas, 24; in Asia, 7; in Oceania 23; and in Europe, 24.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST