US loses Unesco voting rights

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UN cultural agency Unesco has suspended US voting rights after Washington skipped a deadline for paying its dues. The US stopped its contributions, which make up about a fifth of the agency’s funding, when Unesco gave the Palestinians membership in 2011.

Israel, which halted its dues at the same time, has also had its Unesco voting rights suspended. The US and Israel said admitting the Palestinians was a misguided attempt to bypass the Middle East peace process.

The event affects the entire organization of Unesco and all of it’s members since without the sufficient money, no larger programs can be set in action. Unesco’s loss of $80m a year in US funding has forced it to pare back American-led initiatives, including Holocaust education and a project to restore water facilities in Iraq.

Palestine at Unesco:

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