On Monday, the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO) came into force, which was announced in October 2017. From that day on, Washington will not pay contributions, and will be elected to the world heritage Committee, remaining only in observer status.
According to the state Department spokesman Heather Nauert, this decision was not easy to make. “It reflects the US concerns about the growing debt at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and the continued anti-Israel bias in the organization”.
The US has already left UNESCO. In 1984, this was done under the Ronald Reagan administration, which accused UNESCO of anti-Americanism and waste. In 2003, the United States returned.
Russia’s permanent representative to UNESCO, Alexander Kuznetsov, expressed regret over the US withdrawal from the organization, as this step “harms multilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere.”