Bei­jing reaf­firms UNESCO sup­port

China Daily - - WORLD -

im­por­tant projects planned by the UN’s cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional agency.

“We share the con­cern by many coun­tries that the ac­tiv­ity of UNESCO has been too politi­cized lately,” the min­istry said.

France also voiced its re­gret over the with­drawal “at a time when in­ter­na­tional sup­port for this or­ga­ni­za­tion is cru­cial”.

French For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Agnes Ro­matet-Es­pagne said “the fu­ture of UNESCO is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance to France”, while re­it­er­at­ing Paris com­mit­ment to the UN cul­tural agency’s “crit­i­cal ac­tions” that con­trib­ute to achiev­ing the UN goal of peace.

The US stopped fund­ing UNESCO af­ter the or­ga­ni­za­tion voted to in­clude Pales­tine as a mem­ber in 2011, and now owes about $550 mil­lion in back pay­ments.

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