U.S. Cites Bias in Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO

U.S. Cites Bias in Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO
U.S. Cites Bias in Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO

The U.S. State Department announced a decision this week to pull out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), quoting “anti-Israel bias” and problems with the U.N. Cultural Agency as their motivation. The withdrawal will officially begin on Dec. 31, 2018, and will modify the United State’s position from a UNESCO member to Permanent Observer. A second simultaneous announcement from Israel’s leaders details the tumultuous country’s plan to join the United States in their withdrawal at or around the same date.
This is not the first time for America to butt heads with the international organization for peace. U.S. leaders first ended funding for UNESCO in 2011, after UNESCO members successfully voted in Palestine as an official member.
UNESCO director Irina Burkova expressed extreme regret over the decision.
“This is a loss to UNESCO. This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism.”
UNESCO’s most esteemed leader also expressed fondness for the relationship between UNESCO and the United States. In the statement, she reminded the public that both parties had “deepened the partnership” since the 2011 withdrawal of contribution payments, creating something that has “never been so meaningful.”
The director then asserted that the U.S.A. and UNESCO partnership was one based on mutual shared values like literacy advocacy, new technologies, scientific cooperation, and female empowerment. She also took the time to remind viewers and readers of UNESCO’s focus on world peace, the protection of heritage, and socio cultural advancement.
Burkova ended the statement by reminding the public that UNESCO would keep moving forward to achieve their goals, expressing the need for all-encompassing world state involvement but committing to continue the organization’s work.
“UNESCO will continue to work for the universality of this Organization, for the values we share, for the objectives we hold in common, to strengthen a more effective multilateral order and a more peaceful, more just world.”
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