USA Returns to UNESCO

The United States will return to UNESCO in July.

This was announced by Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, who gathered representatives of 193 member states of the Organization to inform them of the US decision to return to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

“This is a great act of trust in UNESCO and multilateralism,” Azoulay commented, “not only in terms of the central role of the Organization’s mandate – culture, education, science, information – but also in how this mandate is being implemented today.”

The return of the United States was made possible thanks to an agreement reached by Congress last December to allow financial contributions to the organization.

Washington left the organization in 2017 along with Israel. The reasons were the entry of Palestine in 2011 and some positions that Americans consider “anti-Israeli.” Obama, the then president, said he was obligated to withdraw from UNESCO because of a 1990s law that banned the USA from funding UN agencies that recognize Palestine as a state. As early as 1984, under the Reagan presidency, Washington “slipped off” by accusing the organization of pro-Sovietism and then returned in 2000 under George W. Bush.