United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) accusing the organization of taking an Anti-Israel stand. This decision will come into effect from December 31st, 2018.
Instead of being a member of the Paris-based agency, US will appoint an Observer in order to present its views and expertise on some key issues. The developed nation wishes to continue cooperation in education & science, and protection of world heritage & press freedom.
US opposed the move of UNESCO recognizing the Palestinians as a State. Trump Administration stresses the need of fundamental reforms in the organization. This could be seen as another step indicating Trump's 'America First' foreign policy.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova expressed regret over the withdrawal of US from the organization. He described it as a loss to multilateralism.