The leading American envoy for the United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, said anti-Israel bias is so rampant that the group is unable to bring forth any sort of beneficial measure or matter at all.
Chris Hegadorn, the U.S. envoy, said in one of America’s final speeches to the organization — final, because President Donald Trump has withdrawn from UNESCO, beginning next year — that the bureaucratic bloat and bias is mind-boggling.
He warned that America’s departure from UNESCO is simply a sign of how rotten the group has become, and that speedy reform is necessary.
From the Associated Press (h/t Breitbart):
The chief U.S. envoy at UNESCO says anti-Israel bias and opaque bureaucracy are hobbling the U.N. cultural agency and is urging deep reforms.
Chris Hegadorn made the appeal Saturday at the agency’s Paris headquarters in one of the last major American speeches to UNESCO before the U.S. withdraws next year.
Hegadorn said the decision to leave “wasn’t taken lightly” but was necessary because of budget reasons, UNESCO’s inclusion of Palestine as a member and countries using the agency to advance their political agendas.
He urged UNESCO to speed up spending decisions and do more to prevent violent extremism through education, notably on social media.
He said the U.S. will remain “a determined advocate for the ideals on which UNESCO was founded” and support heritage protection and educational efforts.
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