Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

U.S. reported to be 'withdrawing' from UNESCO

U.S. reported to be 'withdrawing' from UNESCO

The U.S. State Dept. has just announced the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO, a key United Nations agency dedicated to the promotion of peace and security through collaboration.

The US is pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, accusing it of "anti-Israel" bias. According to the report, the move, which is expected to be announced as early as next week, would allow the U.S. to remain as an observer state in the organization that it helped establish after World War II. 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 move is not a surprise, considering the Trump administration's public rebukes this past year.

The decision to leave UNESCO comes at a time when the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is voting to choose a new director this week.

The Obama administration cut off funding to UNESCO in 2011 because the group admitted Palestinians as full members, which the United States saw as undercutting its influence in countries around the world.

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