So long, UNESCO! What does U.S. withdrawal mean for the environment?; Giovanni Ortolani; MongaBay

USA – Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek

In an uncertain world, UNESCO’s environmental, sustainability and peace programs benefit all nations; Trump’s U.S. pullout most deeply hurts Americans, say experts.

  • Since 2011, the U.S. has refused to pay its agreed to share to UNESCO as a Member Nation who has participated in and benefited from the organization’s scientific, environmental and sustainability programs. Now, President Trump has announced U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, effective at the end of 2018.
  • Experts say the pullout won’t in fact do any major damage to the organization, with most of the harm done to UNESCO when the U.S. went into arrears starting in 2011, with unpaid dues now totaling roughly $550 million. However, America’s failure to participate could hurt millions of Americans.
  • UNESCO science initiatives are international and deal multilaterally with a variety of environmental issues.

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