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12 October 2017, 05:09 | Israel Caldwell
US drops out of Unesco over arrears, 'anti-Israel bias'
Three diplomats said the United States - which canceled its substantial budget contribution to UNESCO in 2011 in protest at a decision to grant the Palestinians full membership - would announce its decision in the coming days.
While the United States withdrew from the group, the Trump administration said it wanted to continue to be engaged with UNESCO to provide USA perspective and expertise, but as a nonmember observer.
Pursuant to Article II (6) of the UNESCO Constitution, U.S. withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018.
Why is he leaving U.S. membership? The department also cited "the need for fundamental reform" and "mounting arrears" at the organization.
The United States is planning to formally pull out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to the body's anti-Israel bias and in an attempt to save money, the American Foreign Policy news site reported late Wednesday night.
On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the US decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO.
It's unclear in the Trump administration what "world heritage" means, but UNESCO works to help protect areas of cultural significance, like the pyramids of Egypt.
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