State Department officials announced this week that the United States will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. President Donald Trump says that the international body displays bias against Israel. In an announcement Thursday morning, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the United States would exit UNESCO in December.
The State Department said the withdrawal from the United Nations' cultural agency will take effect Dec. 31, 2018. The U.S. cut funding to the group years earlier for offering Palestinians membership.
The withdrawal of the United States is a severe blow for the Paris-based organization which began work in 1946.
PARIS (Reuters) - The United States announced on Thursday it was withdrawing from UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural and educational agency, complaining about how it is run and about what Washington described as bias against Israel.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO, the United Nation's cultural and educational agency, effective Dec. 31, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Thursday. Read more...