US News US to withdraw from UNESCO cultural agency

17:15  12 october  2017
17:15  12 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 29— The United States formally announced today that it intended to withdraw from Unesco in a year's time. But at the same time, it said that it would strengthen its participation in the United Nations and other international agencies .

State Department announces it will withdraw from UNESCO © Provided by The Hill State Department announces it will withdraw from UNESCO The Trump administration on Thursday said it would withdraw the United States from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing anti-Israeli bias from the organization.

UNESCO was informed of the administration's decision on Thursday. The State Department said the U.S. would instead see to be a permanent observer to UNESCO, a UN organization that promotes collaboration among countries through culture, education and science.

"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," State spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

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The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO , the United Nation 's cultural and educational agency , effective Dec. 31, the U . S . State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

Report: US to withdraw from UNESCO due to anti-Israel bias. The United States is planning to formally pull out of the United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ) due to Assembly, Tillerson stated that the White House is debating whether to pull out of the agency .

This is not the first time the United States has withdrawn from the organization, nor is it the first time the United States has criticized UNESCO for anti-Israeli bias. The United States also withdrew from the organization during the Cold War under former President Ronald Reagan.

During the Obama administration, the U.S. slashed $80 million per year of its funding for the organization, according to Foreign Policy, a move that followed UNESCO's admittance of Palestine as a member.

The cuts have increased the money owed by the United States to UNESCO to $500 million, the magazine reported.

Fights over Israel and the Palestinian cause have been frequent flashpoints for the United States under past administrations.

Israel last year summoned its UNESCO ambassador after the organization declared that one of Jerusalem's holy sites is specifically a "Muslim holy site of worship," according to Reuters.

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The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO , the U.N.'s cultural and educational agency , diplomats said on Thursday, dealing a further blow to an US withdraws from UN's culture , science and education body UNESCO .

* * * in full United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization . Specialized agency of the UN In 1984 the U . S . withdrew from UNESCO to protest what it considered the agency 's anti-Western approach to cultural issues; the United Kingdom and Singapore withdrew a year later.

The U.S. will still be involved with the organization "as a non-member observer state," the State Department said.

The goal is "to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise on 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."

The withdrawal will become official on December 31, 2018.

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