U.S. pulls out of United Nations cultural organisation

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

The State Department says the U.S.is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for "fundamental reform" of the United Nations cultural agency.

It says the withdrawal will take effect December 31, 2018. The U.S. was strongly against it and withdrew funding, but the State Department remained in the world body.

In 2011, the Obama administration cut $80 million a year from its UNESCO budget in response to the organization's inclusion of Palestine as a member.

The US is reported to be on the verge of withdrawing from UNESCO, after accusing the institution of anti-Israel bias, Foreign Policy reported today. It comes as UNESCO is voting to choose a new director.

UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization known for its designation of world heritage sites, is a global development agency with missions that include promoting sex education, literacy, clean water and equality for women.

President Trump and his administration are increasingly abdicating America's power to other nations.

UNESCO Director-general Irina Bokova said in a statement that the departure is a loss for "the United Nations family" and for multilateralism.

A representative of the USA delegation to UNESCO referred Reuters to the State Department.

The United States's decision to depart from UNESCO is effective for attitude of Israel.

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