US President Donald Trump appears to have delivered on a campaign promise to disengage from the United Nations, after the UN’s world heritage body UNESCO was notified that the US is withdrawing its membership, citing “mounting arrears” and “continuing anti-Israel bias.” The US did say it would “remain engaged … as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise,” a state department statement added.
In a statement, UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova expressed her “profound regret” over the US decision. What does the withdrawal mean for the UN and US leadership? Listen in on the discussion with Rick Dunham from the Global Journalism Program of Tsinghua University and Liu Baocheng from the University of International Business and Economics.
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