USA AND ISRAEL QUITS UNESCO
The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing “anti-Israel bias” persisting within the UN agency. The US decision took effect late Monday, closely followed by Israel, which exited on the first day of 2019.
The withdrawal of the US and Israel from UNESCO is not surprising, as both have had long-standing tensions with the agency. Washington’s move was made public in October 2017 when it announced the withdrawal, citing “concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris.
Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.
It is the successor of the League of Nations International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.
UNESCO has 195 member states and ten associate members.
Formation 4 November 1946
Headquarters Place de Fontenoy, Paris, France
Head: Audrey Azoulay (Director-General of the UNESCO)