The Czech Republic is a member of all-important globally and regionally relevant international organizations that focus on security and political, socio-economic and economic development. It joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004 and has been a member of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe since their foundation. Czechoslovakia was an original member of the United Nations since the organization’s foundation on 24 October 1945.
The Czech Republic is an active country in a global context and a member of more than 200 different international organizations and other multilateral structures, which not only expand the opportunities for the state’s foreign-policy activities, but also contribute to national security and prosperity, as well as to the preservation of the liberal-democratic constitutional architecture.
The Czech Republic belongs to a number of other important international organizations: the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. In 1992 the Czech Republic joined CERN as a Member State, initially as part of Czechoslovakia and since 1993 as an independent state. The Czech Republic is an active member state of the Council of Europe, the largest pan-European human rights organization. The Czech Republic is also a member of specialized organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Universal Postal Union (UPU) and many others.