Friday, November 04, 2011

U.S. Withholds Funding in Light of Turbulent Times

UNESCO’s Director General, Irina Bokova, addressed regretfully the recent decision made by the United States to withhold dues to the agency.  The consequence of this action will surely have an impact on program implementation, support for emerging nations, and the fight against extremism.  She strongly believes it is strategically vital to promote global stability and democratic values during this time of economic turmoil and social transformation. 

Support from the U.S. enabled the agency to develop and sustain free and competitive media in Iraq, Tunisia, and Egypt as well as implement literacy programs in other conflict-affected countries gradually alleviating extremism. 

“The U.S. is a critical partner in UNESCO’s work.  The withholding of U.S. dues and other financial contributions – required by U.S. law – will weaken UNESCO’s effectiveness and undermine its ability to build free and open societies,” states Ms. Bokova.

Should the U.S. be pulling back knowing all the good it’s capable of doing?

-Georisa Chang