Photo: Ron Mader, Oaxaca Unesco
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The purpose of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.
Breaking News (October 2017) – On Thursday, the State Department confirmed the US’ decision to leave the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by December 2018, citing an “anti-Israel bias.” The United States will maintain its presence at UNESCO as an observer state.Twitter moment
Six years ago, the United States cut off more than $80 million a year, about 22 percent of UNESCO’s entire budget, in reprisal for the organization’s acceptance of Palestine as a member. The Obama administration said it had to cut funds because a 1990s-era law prohibits U.S. funding for any U.N. agencies recognizing Palestine as a state. As a result of U.S. funding cuts, arrears have been swelling each year, surpassing $500 million owed to UNESCO.
Ronald Reagan’s administration withdraw from the organization in 1984 and President George W. Bush rejoined the organization in 2002.