The USA and Israel have quit UNESCO. is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The countries pulled out at the of midnight at the New Year. It is the time the U.S. has pulled out of UNESCO. The first was in 1984 over with the Soviet Union. It re-joined in 2003. The withdrawal is because both say UNESCO is biased against Israel. The U.S. to the United Nations said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies....The U.S. from this cesspool became official."
The U.S. co-founded UNESCO after World War II to build through international cooperation in , the sciences and culture. It is for its World Heritage program, which protects cultural and traditions. It also improves education for , promotes understanding of the of the Holocaust, and defends of the press. The U.S. will follow UNESCO as a non-member . The Israeli envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against ".