Germany - International cooperation
The FRG (along with the GDR) became a full member of the UN on 18 September 1973; it had previously belonged to all the non-regional specialized UN agencies. It is also an active participant in the Council of Europe, EU, ECE, NATO, and OECD, as well as a member of the Asian Development Bank and a permanent observer of the OAS. The country is a member of the WTO. In 1994 Germany acceded to the convention on the Law of the Sea, the first EC country to do so.