Thursday, 12 October 2017

Breaking: US Withdraws Membership From UNESCO, As UN Body Laments Exit

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.