Samoa - International cooperation
Samoa became a member of the UN on 15 December 1976 and belongs to ESCAP, FAO, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IMF, UNCTAD, UNESCO, and WHO. The nation also participates in the Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth of Nations, G-77, South Pacific Commission, and South Pacific Forum, and is a signatory of the Law of the Sea. Samoa has observer status at the World Trade Organization. An Inter-Samoa Consultative Committee, made up of representatives from Samoa and American Samoa, holds meetings alternately in both countries to discuss matters of mutual interest. By treaty, New Zealand is the exclusive representative of Samoa in the conduct of its foreign affairs outside the Pacific region.