United Corporations of America should be the new name of USA.
If I’m not mistaken, the US stopped funding UNESCO in 2011 after Palestine was recognised as a member. Israel did the same. Both countries lost their voting rights.
The fact that Israel remains a member while the US withdraws is interesting. I would say it’s the kind of body where it’s better to be on the inside rather than storming out. At least to be able to argue against the policies you oppose. But that’s very multilateral of me.
US funding to the total UN budget amounts to about 22% only. US pulling out from a body or two will make it rough for everybody but surviving is not an issue.
Complete reckless idiocy. Trump's evidently willing to destroy the UN in order to force his agenda on the world. And its terrifying to watch.
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 77%. (I'm a bot)
Foreign Policy reported that the decision to pull out had been made several weeks ago during the UN general assembly in New York, was taken over the head of officials who had argued that the US should wait until after the Unesco election process was complete.
Unesco has drawn the ire of Israel and the Trump administration for a series of decisions, including the listing of Hebron, a city in the southern part of the occupied Palestinian territories, as a Palestinian world heritage site.
The lack of staffing and funding plans for Unesco by the US have been accompanied by repeated denunciations of Unesco by senior US officials, including US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
The United States is withdrawing from Unesco, the United Nation’s cultural and educational agency, effective 31 December, the US state separtment said in a statement on Thursday.
“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, adding that the United States would seek to “remain engaged … as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise.”
I cannot find any responsibility as the center of Western liberal countries and the world. It is a disaster.