For many years America has been distancing itself from UNESCO.
Finally, President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States from this organization.
Apparently, the State Department announced that the withdrawal will be fulfilled on December 31st, 2018.
The spokesperson of the State Department, Heather Nauert stated: “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
She added that the administration will continue to be in contact with the U.N. agency “as a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise in some of the important issues undertaken by the organization, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education.”
According to NPR, this agency is conducting education, science and heritage remembrance. However, the U.S. has been considering to pull out since 2011, the year when it was voted to grant full membership to a state of Palestine. Later on, the U.S. administration decided to remove their finances of the organization but keep their membership.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent the announcement of the verdict to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who considered this action as “profound regret.”
Irina Bokova stated: “At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack.”
She concluded that “This is a loss to UNESCO. This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism.”
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