The United States made it known on Thursday, October 12, 2017 that it is to withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), criticising the body of “anti-Israel bias.”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington would establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency.
US withdrawal deals a further blow to an organization hobbled by regional rivalries and a lack of funds.
The head of UNESCO Irina Bokova voiced “profound regret” on Thursday over a decision by the United States to withdraw from the UN culture and education body which she called a “loss to multilateralism”.
“I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO,” Bokova said in a statement.