Statement from Americans for UNESCO President, Melinda Kimble

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It is with great regret that I read the news of the United States Government’s intention to withdraw from UNESCO effective December 2018.

Americans were founding members of UNESCO and remain committed to the values of the Organization. The role of civil society, academia and the private sector to create peace and foster tolerance through education, science, and culture in the minds of men and women has never been more important.

Americans for UNESCO remains steadfast in its effort to advance international cooperation to increase quality education for all, support science for peace, encourage the preservation of cultural heritage, promote press freedom and the protection of journalists, and foster equality between men and women.  These are issues and values important to all American society regardless of political affiliation.

As the United States government transitions towards its observer status with UNESCO, Americans for UNESCO will remain fully engaged in fostering broad international civil society links and cooperation in education, science, and culture.  It will also continue to work with US Government partners to engage with UNESCO at appropriate levels until the conditions for a return to full membership are established.