The head of the UN education, science and culture agency on Monday called on president-elect Joe Biden to re-commit the US to international institutions, notably UNESCO.
“Global challenges of today call for a renewed commitment from the #UnitedStates for common goods #Science #Education #Culture,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a tweet.
Congratulations to President-elect @joebiden & Vice Pdt elect @KamalaHarris. Global challenges of today call for a renewed commitment from the #UnitedStates for common goods #Science #Education #Culture. Also very happy to see a teacher @DrBiden at the White House !— Audrey Azoulay (@AAzoulay) November 9, 2020
The US withdrew from the Paris-based agency at the end of 2018, accusing UNESCO of anti-Israel bias.
The US had already suspended membership payments in 2011 after a Palestinian delegation was admitted.
A source at the organization said that since Biden’s election victory “we’re getting positive signals at UNESCO.”
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