A big blow for UNESCO, who loses a fifth of its funding
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters is seen at dusk in Paris, France. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
‘The withdrawal of the United States, which is meant to provide a fifth of UNESCO’s funding, is a major blow for the Paris-based organization, founded after World War Two to help protect cultural and natural heritage around the world,’ Reuters reports.
“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
The United States has witheld its funding for UNESCO since 2011 to protest the organisation’s decision to grant Palestine full membership.
“Today is a new day at the U.N., where there is [a] price to pay for discrimination against Israel,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said.