Together with fifty (50) founding countries, the Republic of Chile became a member of the United Nations in October 24, 1945 and has since been an active member of the organization. Chile is also a member of different international organizations that aims to strengthen its political and economic ties with other nations such as Union of South America and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—both have an office in Chile. Chile is under the voting bloc of the Latin America Group, Group of 77 and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The foreign policy of the Chilean government is focused on the significance of democracy in relation to the role of media in society and gender equality in general. Part of Chile’s foreign policy is the promotion and protection of human rights and support for a more open economy or negotiation of free trade agreements. There has also been a constant effort on the Chilean government to continuously improve its economic ties and integration with other willing countries such as the Pacific Alliance member-states and Latin American countries. Chile has also successfully signed and ratified a number of conventions laid by the United Nations: Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on 1980 February 20, Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict on 2008 September 11, Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on March 13, 2007, Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on September 30, 1988.Furthermore, the Republic of Chile has actively participated in programs of the United Nations that aspire for collective action in order to remedy various problems of the international community. The Chilean government has also contributed in the global efforts of the United Nations in its advocacy and commitment to peace and growth of every country by providing peacekeeping task forces and contributing to the agenda for Economic and Social Development of United Nations.The overall strategy of the Republic of Chile in the United Nations is to put forward multilateralism that is in accordance with its foreign policy while taking into consideration the position of its voting blocs. Chile, in pursuance of peace, equality, and development, remains active in all councils and organizations where it has membership.