UNESCO seeks ‘renewed commitment’ by US for science, education, culture

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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.

The US withdrew from the Paris-based agency at the end of 2018, accusing UNESCO of anti-Israel bias.

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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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