Paris: UNESCO says it will not take on any new projects between now and the end of the year after the US pulled its contributions from the UN cultural agency to protest its acceptance of Palestine as a member.
An official at the agency said Thursday that all programs already committed to will be carried out. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
In a dramatic vote last month, Palestine won full membership at the agency, leading the United States and Canada to pull funding. Washington typically provides one-fifth of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization`s annual budget.
On Wednesday, Director-General Irina Bokova set out a series of proposals to raise more money for the organization.