US to pull out of UNESCO

PARIS (AP) — The United States is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for “fundamental reform” of the U.N. cultural agency.

While the Trump administration had been preparing for a likely withdrawal for months, the announcement by the State Department on Thursday rocked UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, where a heated election to choose a new director is under way.

The outgoing UNESCO chief expressed her “profound regret” at the decision and tried to defend the reputation of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, best known for its World Heritage program to protect cultural sites and traditions.

The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office and sought to weigh on policy behind the scenes. The U.S. now owes about $550 million in back payments.

In a statement, the State Department said the decision will take effect Dec. 31, 2018, and that the U.S. will seek a “permanent observer” status instead. It cited U.S. belief in “the need for fundamental reform in the organization.”  read more

13 Comments on US to pull out of UNESCO

  1. “The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO…”

    “The U.S. now owes about $550 million in back payments.”

    Which one is it, AP? Sugar daddy, or deadbeat? You can’t have it both ways.

  2. Every time a globalist President proclaims a piece of US territory to be a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”, another bit of our sovereignty is ceded to the Glozis. Hopefully, PDT can now rescind previous territorial concessions by W and Barky.

  3. The US owes $550,000,000.00 in back payments? Says who? We’ve been taken advantage by these tinhorn dictasters for so long you would think we were a Hollywood starlet visiting miramax studios.

  4. You know how the left became so powerful? They had the long view and took little victories one at a time.

    It’s hard for us to see it the same way because we want it all to be fixed now. Maybe we need to accept the long view. For now.

    A little winning now. A lot of winning later. But not much later!

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