UNESCO’s SCIENCE Programs May Be Affected by suppression of U.S. funding
Nov 30, 2011
The United States is cutting funding to the U.N. education and science agency UNESCO after the agency voted to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership.
Currently the U.S. covers approximately one fifth of the UNESCO costs but by cutting that funding it will be even harder for the American agenda at UNESCO to be accomplished.
Possible affected programmes include the early tsunami warning system extending from the Pacific to the Caribbean as well as programmes dear to US interests in Iraq (e.g.: analysis of freshwater resources) and Afghanistan (e.g.: literacy training).
U.S. laws were passed in 1990 and 1994 which prohibits any financial contribution to “the United Nations, if the United Nations grants full membership as a state in the United Nations to any organization or group that does not have the internationally recognized attributes of statehood”.
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