US To Withdraw From UNESCO On Dec 31, 2018

Last update: 12/10/2017

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The United States on Thursday informed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that it would formally withdraw from the organisation on Dec 31, 2018, Xinhua news agency reported.

The decision reflected "US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

The United States would seek to "remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state," the statement added.