Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

United States to pull out of UNESCO

United States to pull out of UNESCO

"The United States indicated", Nauert added, "its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO.to contribute US views" on issues including "the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education".

The United States is planning to formally pull out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to the body's anti-Israel bias and in an attempt to save money, the American Foreign Policy news site reported late Wednesday night.

The move, which could be announced as early as next week, marks the U.S. further estrangement from an organisation that it helped establish after World War II to widen access to education and ensure the free flow of ideas.

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The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018.

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 USA officials. "President George W. Bush rejoined the organization in 2002, claiming it had gotten its books in order and expunged some of its most virulent anti-Western and anti-Israel biases".

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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