Mali was admitted to the UN on 28 September 1960, and is a member of ECA and all the nonregional specialized agencies except IMO. It also belongs to the African Development Bank, G-77, the AU, and the WTO. Mali is a member of the West African Economic Community (CEAO), which came into existence on 1 January 1974 as a formal economic community embracing the Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania.
The nation was a signatory to the Lomé Convention, which covered aid and trade relations between developing countries and the EC. With Senegal and Mauritania, it comprises the Senegal River Development Organization, and it is also a partner in the Liptako-Gourma regional development scheme with Burkina Faso and Niger. Mali is a member of the International Committee for the Control of the Drought in the Sahel (CILSS).
As a member of ECOWAS, Mali is participating in the six-nation group mediating the conflict in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire. In 2003, Mali contributed 200-300 troops for peacekeeping operations in this war-torn country.