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US News US to withdraw from UNESCO cultural agency

17:15  12 october  2017
17:15  12 october  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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The United States on Thursday officially informed the United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ) of its intention to withdraw , citing anti-Israeli bias from the organization.

The United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization headquarters in Paris. The Trump administration cited mounting arrears at Unesco as among the reasons the United States was withdrawing .CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press.

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 and Israel announce they are quitting UNESCO after Washington accused the UN's cultural agency of anti-Israeli bias. "Just as we said in 1984 when President Reagan withdrew from UNESCO , U . S . taxpayers should no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our

Paris: The United States announced on Thursday it was withdrawing from UNESCO , the UN’s cultural and educational agency , complaining about how it is run and about what Washington described as bias against Israel. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with

This is not the first time the United States has withdrawn from the organization, nor is it the first time the United States has criticized UNESCO for anti-Israeli bias.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 will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of next year, the State It trains Afghan police officers how to read and write, and is the only U.N. agency that has a program to “Together, we have worked to protect humanity’s shared cultural heritage in the face of terrorist attacks and to

PARIS, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The United States announced on Thursday it was withdrawing from UNESCO , the U.N.’s cultural and educational agency , complaining about how it is run and about what Washington described as bias against Israel.

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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