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Thursday, October 12, 2017

U.S. withdraws from UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural and educational organization, citing anti-Israel bias

In 2011, the U.S. withdrew its funding of UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational, science and cultural organization, for the same reason. Now they are pulling out altogether.

Washington Post (h/t Colin W)  UNESCO was notified Thursday morning of the U.S. intention to withdraw at the end of 2018. The State Department said the United States would like to remain involved as a nonmember observer state.

The withdrawal means the U.S. will halt the arrears it has run-up since it stopped funding the organization in 2011 to protest the admission of the Palestinian Authority as a full member. By the end of this calendar year, the unpaid U.S. bill will amount to $550 million. With no sign that U.S. concerns would be addressed, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided to pull out.

State Department officials said they hope the withdrawal will  help push UNESCO to make changes that would satisfy Washington so the U.S. can resume full membership. Though it will not be able to participate in voting, as an observer the U.S. will remain part of discussions on culture, education, science and communication.

“It sends a strong message that we need to see fundamental reform in the organization, and it raises everyone’s awareness about continued anti-Israel bias,” said one official. The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018.


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