"At the time when the fight against violent extremism calls for renewed investment in education, in dialogue among cultures to prevent hatred, it is deeply regrettable that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations agency leading these issues", she stated. She emphasized the importance of unity when combating the rise of terrorism and conflict. The government stopped paying its dues in 2011 after UNESCO voted to include the Palestinian Authority as a member. The U.S. now owes about $550 million in back payments.
Washington's withdrawal is set to take effect on December 21, 2018, when it will establish an "observer mission" to replace its representation at the agency. It cited US belief in "the need for fundamental reform in the organization".
Israel has been irked by resolutions that diminish its historical connection to the Holy Land and have instead named ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites.
Israel has also announced today that they will be quitting the United Nations agency, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision by the USA "brave and moral". Washington is also reviewing its membership of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council, which it also accuses of being anti-Israel.
Danon said UNESCO has become "a battlefield for Israel and has ignored its true role and scope". Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly denounced these actions, and said the US was "evaluating" whether or not it should continue as a member of the organization. UNESCO and most of the U.N.is hopefully corrupted.
In addition to anti-Israel bias, the department cited "the need for fundamental reform" and "mounting arrears" at the organization.More news: 'White Widow' Sally Jones: British Isis recruiter killed in Syria strike
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Analysts said that actually withdrawing from the organization was a significant escalation by the United States in its criticism of United Nations bodies. Washington intends to participate in the fulfillment by UNESCO of a number of its functions, including the protection of the world cultural heritage, the protection of press freedom, the promotion of scientific cooperation and the educational process. "We deeply regret that the United States made a decision to leave UNESCO", the communique said.
Michael Worbs, chairman of the UNESCO Executive Board, appreciated the Vietnamese' notable jump in the second round. The US only rejoined under the administration of President George W. Bush some two decades later.
Under UNESCO rules, the USA withdrawal will become effective as of the end of December 2018.
The country plans to become "a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organization, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education".