The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the co-ordination of Tuvalu’s international relations. The country espouses an independent but generally pro-Western foreign policy. The main focus of the country’s foreign policy is the Pacific region, and it maintains close relations with Fiji, New Zealand and Australia and also has diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Tuvalu became a member of United Nations in 2000 and has a permanent mission in New York. A major international priority for Tuvalu in the UN and other international fora has been promoting concern about global warming and possible sea level rise. Tuvalu advocates ratification and implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. The country is an active member of the Pacific Islands Forum and a member of the Asian Development Bank.