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U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'

12 October 2017, 05:10 | Myron Mathis

U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'

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She said the Department of State today notified United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organisation and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. In 2011, the agency voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011.

"The United States indicated", Nauert added, "its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO.to contribute USA views" on issues including "the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education". The US only rejoined under the administration of President George W. Bush some two decades later.The global heritage and conservation body is now in the midst of electing a new head, with Qatari candidate Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al- Kawari and French-Jewish candidate Audrey Azoulay now leading the field.

The Trump administration has been preparing for a likely withdrawal for months, and a decision was expected before the end of the year, according to United States officials.


The Foreign Policy report stated that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision about withdrawing from the United Nations body a few weeks ago.

In addition, the Trump administration's proposed budget for the next fiscal year contains no provision for the possibility that UNESCO funding restrictions might be lifted.



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