Monday, December 11, 2017

Trump is right: The U.S. should leave UNESCO


Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, talks to journalists at the organization’s Paris headquarters on Oct. 12. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)
Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer based in Washington.
Last week, the Trump administration announced it would withdraw the United States from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Critics predictably assailed the White House for its decision. But they’re wrong. The move is long overdue.
UNESCO has a dismal track record. It has advanced the agendas of numerous dictatorships, indulged in virulent anti-Israel bias and offered textbook lessons in bad management. The United States has repeatedly tried to reform UNESCO and failed. So President Trump’s decision was the right call.