USA: US SIGNALS A PERMANENT EXIT FROM UNESCO

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The United States is pulling out of the United Nation’s cultural organisation, UNESCO. The State Department said the US’ mounting debt and the lack of reform in the global body informed its decision to cut ties with the UN agency.

UNESCO’s head Irina Bokova said she regrets the decision. The US has in the past expressed concerns over how the organisation is run. In 2011, it cut back its funding to this UN Agency. It also criticised UNESCO of anti-Israel bias.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has also said his country will also withdraw from the organisation in solidarity with the United States, from the world’s cultural body, UNESCO. He described the American decision as brave and moral.

It is unclear how the US’ growing debt is telling on the books of UNESCO. However, development analysts believe the yawning gap in the Agency’s funding has peaked since the US withdrew financial support to the intergovernmental body’s cultural agency.

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