U.S. Says It Will Withdraw From UNESCO, Citing ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

    The Trump administration has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations' chief cultural and educational agency. In a statement released Thursday , the State Department said the move won't take effect for more than a year, noting the withdrawal will be as of Dec. 31, 2018. "This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in the announcement. Still, she noted the Trump administration still wants the U.S. to remain engaged with the U.N. agency "as a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organization, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education." The cultural aid agency — which seeks toOriginal Article