Russia has taken the former Soviet Union's place in the UN and in its membership in international organizations. Russia, in one form or another, has held a seat in the UN since 24 October 1945. It is a member of the G-8, OSCE, APEC, ECE, IAEA, ICAO, ILO, IMF, IMO, ITU, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNIDO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, and the World Bank. It has applied for membership in the WTO. It is a founding member of the CIS. The country has assumed the foreign relations ties established by the former Soviet Union.