Canada cuts funding for UNESCO

The UN cultural agency UNESCO has approved a Palestinian bid for full membership.

Toronto: Canada is joining the US in cutting off funding for the UN cultural agency UNESCO because it approved a Palestinian bid for full membership.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Tuesday the decision is not in the best interests of peace in the Middle East, so Canada is freezing all future voluntary contributions to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Canada contributes about USD 10 million a year to the agency.

The United States has also announced it will pull its USD 60 million in funding from UNESCO, which depends heavily on American funding.

The UNESCO vote represented a fallback plan for the Palestinian leadership after its bid for UN recognition as a state and full membership in the global body foundered in September.

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