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United States National Statement to the 39th General Conference

United States National Statement 39th General Conference November 4, 2017 Madam President of the General Conference, Madam Director-General, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen; it is an honor to represent the United States of America at this 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference. On October 12, the United States made public its decision to withdraw ...
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United States Explanation of Position on item 202 EX/5 Part 1 (L)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Three-and-a-half years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. Echoing the joint statement delivered by Sweden at last month’s information session concerning Crimea, the United States joins members of ...
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The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with ...
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Statement by the United States on items 202 EX/38 and 39

The United States welcomes the agreements among key parties here at UNESCO to postpone consideration of these two items, as we have consistently objected to such one-sided and divisive resolutions. While a postponement itself does not resolve the underlying issues, it will be imperative for all sides and this Executive Board to work in the ...
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