United States Withdraws From UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'

United States Withdraws From UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'
AP
United States Withdraws From UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'
outlookindia.com
2017-10-12T19:31:55+0530

The United States on Thursday announced it will withdraw from the UNESCO, accusing the UN's cultural body of "anti-Israel" stance.

The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018. The US will remain a full member of UNESCO until that time.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti- Israel bias at UNESCO," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Advertisement opens in new window

She said the Department of State today notified United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation Director-General Irina Bokova of the US decision to withdraw from the organisation and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO.

"The US indicated to the Director General its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organisation, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education," Nauert said.

Paris-based UNESCO, which began work in 1946, is known for designating World Heritage sites.(PTI)

Post a Comment


You are not logged in, To comment please / Register
or use
Next Story : Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's Iconic Blue WagonR Car Stolen From Secretariat Area
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store
THE LATEST ISSUE
CLICK IMAGE FOR CONTENTS
Advertisement

OUTLOOK TOPICS :

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

or just type initial letters