The director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the United States will be rejoining the corrupt group in July and will be using taxpayer dollars to pay back dues.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from UNESCO in 2018 in response to the group’s record of blatant anti-American and anti-Israel bias — along with their celebration of human rights abusers and cozying up to communist China.
Current status of globalist orgs under Trump Admin:
WHO – USA funding withheld
WTO – unable to issue trade rulings
NAFTA – replaced with better deal
Paris Climate Deal – USA withdrew
UNESCO – USA withdrew
NATO – member countries now paying their dues
Only the UN remains.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) April 21, 2020
In 2011, then-President Barack Obama’s administration cut funding to UNESCO because the group allowed “Palestine” to join — which violates a U.S. law prohibiting the funding of United Nations groups whose members don’t have “internationally recognized attributes of statehood.”
In December, Congress approved a measure waiving the law that had prevented funding of UNESCO, which allowed the State Department to include a request for funding to rejoin UNESCO in their budget request for fiscal year 2024.
Now, President Joe Biden’s administration has decided to pay over $600 million to rejoin the group — with the State Department claiming that the move is part of an effort to counter Chinese influence, despite evidence showing that the United Nations and its cultural arm are known for spreading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda.
“If we’re really serious about the digital-age competition with China, from my perspective, in a clear-eyed set of interests, we can’t afford to be absent any longer from one of the key fora in which standards around education for science and technology are set,” State Department Under Secretary for Management John Bass claimed.
UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay celebrated the Biden administration’s decision in her announcement.
“This is a strong act of confidence, in UNESCO and in multilateralism. Not only in the centrality of the Organization’s mandate – culture, education, science, information – but also in the way this mandate is being implemented today,” Azoulay said.
Meanwhile, conservatives have major concerns about the U.S. joining UNESCO. In reporting on the news, The Federalist pointed out that the group had recently begun pushing “’social and emotional learning’ programs designed to reduce individualism” and other shocking programs.
“UN organizations have demonstrated that they are supportive of China and its global influence campaign, especially through the World Health Organization’s defense and parroting of CCP talking points during and after Covid,” the outlet also noted. “The Trump administration detached from the WHO in 2020, a year and a half after leaving UNESCO, in an attempt to avoid the UN health agency’s obvious alliance with China. UNESCO itself has been accused of weakness toward China and of pro-communist tendencies.”
The $619 million in back dues will reportedly not be paid all at once, as UNESCO referenced a “proposed financing plan” in their statement. The Biden administration only included $150 million in UNESCO payments and back dues in their 2024 budget request — while the Associated Press reports that the proposed financing plan “foresees similar requests for the ensuing years until the full debt of $619 million is paid off.”