From 1997 onwards, the Central People's Government in consultation with the Hong Kong SAR Government has entered into agreements and arrangements for establishment/maintenance of offices or operation of international intergovernmental organisations in Hong Kong with several international intergovernmental organisations regarding the establishment/maintenance of their offices or their operation in Hong Kong and conferring certain privileges and immunities on them. The international intergovernmental organisations are : the Commission of the European Communities, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation, the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. These agreements and arrangements (including some administrative arrangements made by the Hong Kong SAR) are now provided on our Hong Kong e-Legislation (HKeL) website for ease of reference.

Please find below lists of organizations in which the Hong Kong SAR participates -

On the legal front, the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference on Private International Law has endorsed at its meeting from 17-20 April 2012 the establishment of an Asia Pacific Regional Office in the Hong Kong SAR. The Regional Office was officially open on 13 December 2012. The Hong Kong SAR currently applies eight conventions on private international law which were negotiated under the Hague Conference and the Department has established an excellent working relationship with the Conference through active participation in its meetings as member of the Chinese delegation over the years.