Ethiopia is a charter member of the UN, having joined on 13 November 1945; it belongs to the ECA and all the non-regional specialized agencies. A participant in the African Development Bank and G-77, Ethiopia also is a member of the AU, whose secretariat is located in Addis Ababa. The late Emperor Haile Selassie I was extremely active in inter-African affairs and was considered by many as Africa's leading statesman. Ethiopian troops fought under UN command in the Korean conflict and served in the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in the early 1960s.
Ethiopia has received UN technical assistance in the fields of public administration, telecommunications, vocational training, agriculture, animal husbandry, education, civil aviation, and health. The nation is a signatory to the Law of the Sea.