Togo was admitted to UN membership on 29 September 1960. It is a member of ECA and all the nonregional specialized agencies except IAEA. Togo also belongs to the African Development Bank, ECOWAS, G-77, and African Union. The nation has signed the Law of the Sea and is a member of the WTO.
One priority of Togo's foreign policy is development of regional cooperation. In pursuit of this goal, Togo was a prime mover in the founding of ECOWAS. Togo has been an active member of the Conseil d'Entente, which includes Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Benin. Togo hosted the signing ceremony for the Lomé Convention (providing for preferential treatment by the EC for developing countries) in February 1975.