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In significant move, US rejoins UNESCO; Italy, “important win for multilateralism”

PARIS, JUNE 30 – In a significant move, the United States has officially rejoined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), marking a renewed commitment to international cooperation in the fields of education, culture, and science. A large number of countriues welcomed Biden administration’s decisioni in a large majority vote held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on a resolution of which Italy was one of the co-sponsors.

According to UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, “the return of the US is a recognition of the centrality of UNESCO’s mandate, because in today’s global issues, there is no way the world can face them without education for all, without the sciences, without culture, without information”. “It’s an important win for multilateralism”, said the Italian Mission to UNESCO on Twitter after the vote, while vice Director General Stefania Giannini welcomed the United States of America return as a Member State: “Looking forward to strong collaboration to achieve our global education goals”.

In significant move, US rejoins UNESCO; Italy, "important win for multilateralism"The United States’ decision to re-engage with UNESCO reflects a desire to rebuild alliances, foster cultural exchange, and promote education on a global scale. It holds the potential to strengthen international cooperation and address shared challenges in the realms of heritage preservation, scientific research, and cultural diversity.

The United States had withdrawn from UNESCO in 2017, citing concerns over the organization’s alleged anti-Israel bias and the need for fundamental reforms. However, this recent development signals a shift in perspective, as the United States recognizes the value and importance of participating in a global forum that promotes mutual understanding and cooperation.

By rejoining UNESCO, the United States reaffirms its commitment to the preservation and protection of cultural and natural heritage sites worldwide. UNESCO’s World Heritage List includes iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon, all of which hold immense cultural and historical significance. Through active engagement with UNESCO, the United States can contribute its expertise in heritage preservation and collaborate with other nations to safeguard these treasures for future generations.

By working within the organization, the United States can also play a pivotal role in fostering educational opportunities, sharing best practices, and addressing educational challenges on a global scale. This reengagement will provide a platform for cooperation, knowledge exchange, and innovation in the field of education, enabling the United States to contribute to global efforts aimed at achieving inclusive and equitable education for all.

The return of the United States to UNESCO is a testament to the power of multilateralism and the belief in the collective responsibility to address global issues. It signifies a willingness to bridge divides, promote dialogue, and find common ground in pursuit of shared objectives. The reengagement also sends a positive signal to other countries that may have considered withdrawing from international organizations, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and the potential benefits that come with it.

As the United States takes this significant step, it opens up new possibilities for collaboration, dialogue, and joint initiatives. The country’s reintegration into UNESCO presents an opportunity to forge partnerships, exchange knowledge, and pool resources to tackle pressing global challenges such as climate change, technological advancements, and cultural preservation. (@OnuItalia)


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