USEUROPEAFRICAASIA 中文双语Français
World
Home / World / Americas

UNESCO voices regret over US's decision to leave the organization

CGTN | Updated: 2017-10-12 22:04

UNESCO voices regret over US's decision to leave the organization

The gate of UNESCO. [Photo/CGTN]

The US State Department said on Thursday that the country is withdrawing from UNESCO, the cultural and educational agency of the UN, noting that the move will take effect on Dec 31.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," the department said.

It added that the US would seek to "remain engaged ...as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise."

In response, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova voiced "profound regret" over Washington's decision to withdraw, saying the move marked a loss for multilateralism and for the UN family.

The US had canceled its substantial budget contribution to UNESCO in 2011 in protest at a decision to grant Palestine full membership.

Most Viewed in 24 Hours
BACK TO THE TOP
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349
FOLLOW US