U.S. Withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [October 17, 2017] [open pdf - 100KB]
"On October 12, 2017, the State Department announced that the United States will withdraw from the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The department stated that the decision 'reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears ... the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias of UNESCO.' The United States seeks to 'remain engaged' as a nonmember observer. Generally, observers have participated in selected UNESCO meetings and activities but are not able to vote in some UNESCO bodies or hold leadership positions. Under the terms of the UNESCO constitution, the U.S. withdrawal is expected to take effect on December 31, 2018."
CRS Insight, IN10802
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html