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US re-entry into UNESCO

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    28th Jul, 2023


US first lady Jill Biden attended a flag-raising ceremony at UNESCO in Paris, marking Washington's official re-entry into the UN agency after a controversial five-year hiatus.


  • The US had announced its intention to rejoin UNESCO in June, and the organisation’s 193-member states earlier this month voted to approve the US reentry.
  • The US announced it exit from UNESCO in 2017 cited an alleged anti-Israel bias within the organisation.
    • The decision followed a 2011 move by UNESCO to include Palestine as a member state, which led the US and Israel to cease financing the agency.
    • The US withdrawal became official a year later in 2018.
  • Now, the United States becomes the 194th Member State of UNESCO.


  • UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • It is a part of the United Nations.
  • Created in 1946, UNESCO originally rebuilt schools, libraries, and museums destroyed in Europe during World War II. 

Currently, India has 40 Sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List and 52 sites in the UNESCO Tentative List of which 6 were added in the year 2022.

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