The United States withheld its contribution to the budget of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after the international body voted to grant member state status to Palestine last Fall. CEEP has published a report on possible impacts of this action, “UNESCO Without U.S. Funding? Implications for Education Worldwide.”
The new CEEP report presents the facts around the controversy, and includes the perspectives of four leaders in international education. The four contributors present widely different views on how this will impact UNESCO programs and operations around the world. They agree cutting the funds for the organization’s educational programs is very likely counter-productive to U.S. interests in international development, health, education, and economic growth. However, they have different perspectives about what concerns them most and what the U.S. should do next.