Sad news or not lost anything? The U.S. announced withdrawal from UNESCO

© AFP 2017 / Mal Langsdon / PoolЛоготип UNESCO. Archival photoSad news or not lost anything? The U.S. announced withdrawal from UNESCO© AFP 2017 / Mal Langsdon / Pool

The state Department on Wednesday announced the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO. In Washington, this decision was explained by the necessity of reform of the UN and «anti-Israel bias». In Moscow saddened by such a step, but is largely attributed to his unwillingness to pay the debts that had accumulated at Washington.

The decision will come into force on 31 December 2018, and from 2019 the States will be in observer status with the organization. In 2011 the United States has suspended financial participation in the organization.

The United Nations (UN) on issues of education, science and culture (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. The headquarters of the organization is located in Paris (France).

It’s a tough decision

In the statement of the official representative of US state Department Heather Nauert said that the decision Washington had to make «difficult». «It reflects the concern of the USA’s growing debt (membership dues — ed.), UNESCO, the need for fundamental reforms in the organization and the continuing anti-Israel bias in UNESCO,» the statement reads.

Despite the withdrawal decision, the USA said the UNESCO Director General about his desire to continue to interact with the organization in the capacity of observer, to «contribute to the development of attitudes, perspectives and expertise of the US on some important issues undertaken by the organization, including the protection of world heritage, the promotion of press freedom and to promote scientific cooperation and education.»

At UNESCO, sorry

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed regret at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization, about which it informed the us Secretary of state Rex Tillerson.


«In the role of Director-General of UNESCO I am deeply deplore the decision of the United States to leave UNESCO, I learned from an official letter to the American Secretary of state Rex Tillerson,» reads a communiqué issued by the organization.

According to the Side, even after the suspension of the financial participation of the United States in the activities of the organization, UNESCO has always believed that the United States continues its important member.

«This truth became even more evident today, at a time when the growth of extremism and terrorism requires a new long-term solutions in the name of peace and freedom, in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, the battle against ignorance and discrimination,» — said Bokova.

The foreign Ministry of France — the country where is located the headquarters of UNESCO, also expressed his regret at such step of the USA «in a time when the international community’s support of this organization is a priority».

If the sad news?

In the Kremlin, the US withdrawal from UNESCO called sad news. Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation on culture Vladimir Tolstoy said that such a step Washington says first of all is bad about America. According to him, this step is an indicator of the acceptance of the views of the whole world, i.e. «there is only our opinion, but the rest I’m not interested». «It’s weird and not very smart, in my opinion,» — said Tolstoy.

The Ambassador for special assignments of the Russian foreign Ministry, former Ambassador of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Eleonora Mitrofanova considers that UNESCO will not lose anything with the US withdrawal, any good organization, the States not brought.

«Since 2011, they actually do not pay in the budget of the organization. This is a logical step — then it was necessary to either restructure the debt and actually pay in the current budget, or to leave the organization. They decided to leave this brand in General logic trump today,» — said Mitrofanov.

«Nothing, UNESCO will be easier to work without them really. Any good organization they did not bring in recent years,» she said.

According to Mitrofanova, United States organization exclusively engaged in support of the Israeli position, «adhere to certain positions with respect to those countries in which they are not satisfied with the regimes.» «There in the agenda are all the issues related to cultural heritage and education in the Palestinian territories, and there is a move by Israel. But I think it’s an absolute excuse — they just considered it his duty and felt that it is easier to withdraw from UNESCO, than to pay the debt that they have accumulated since 2011,» — said Mitrofanov.

Negative impact on world culture

The US withdrawal from UNESCO will have a negative impact on world culture and on the States themselves, said the first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on culture Vladimir Bortko.

Sad news or not lost anything? The U.S. announced withdrawal from UNESCO© AP Photo / Khalid MohammedГенсек UN expressed regret about the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO»For Russia it will not affect, for UNESCO — is necessary because the U.S. contribution to the organization was significant. But it is also bad for world culture and for the US, because outside the world of culture does not exist even the United States,» said Bortko RIA Novosti.

The MP noted that the United States in recent years are different in that do strange and incomprehensible actions that are surprising, «this is just one of them.»

The head of the international Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Konstantin Kosachev considers that the announcement of the reluctance of the US to participate in UNESCO is the behavior of a real rogue, and not a responsible power. Moscow, he said, is interested in the fact that the United States stopped its «race to the exits» of the agreements.

«The US decision to leave UNESCO, I would not be regarded as a simple continuation of the policy of the US President (Donald) trump «to get out of that does not bring direct benefit to America,» Kosachev wrote in Facebook.

Sad news or not lost anything? The U.S. announced withdrawal from UNESCO© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoracconti called the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO by the behavior of the country-izgledala that Washington, and not only with Donald trump, a long and painful «tooth» on this humanitarian organization in the UN system, as it is in 2011 took part in a Palestine, said the Senator. «In protest, then the United States (along with Israel) has refused funding to UNESCO, more than fifth of its budget. Of course, affected primarily those programs that are initiated by US, including, for example, the program for the study of Holocaust history,» said the MP.

«However, even in a series of other failures of Washington from continuing with its international obligations, this move looks highly offensive is the behavior of a real rogue, and not a responsible international power, which present themselves everywhere the United States itself,» — said the politician.

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