US, Israel set to quit UNESCO
While the US stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011, the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office at its Paris headquarters and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes.
The withdrawal was confirmed by US officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to be publicly named discussing the decision. It was not clear when the move would be formally announced.
The decision comes as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is voting to choose a new director this week, in tense balloting overshadowed by the agency’s funding troubles and divisions over Palestinian membership.
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