The UN’s educational, scientific and cultural agency
Naming World Heritage sites — places like the Egyptian pyramids or the Statue of Liberty that are given a special UN status and protection — is one of the many programs run by UNESCO.
The United States and Israel said on Thursday they would leave the agency because of what they said was a longstanding anti-Israel bias and the need for reform.
Beyond the diplomatic disputes, here’s a look at some of the tasks and aims of UNESCO: with technical assistance and professional training to preserve the sites, and now includes “intangible” heritage such as folk songs or traditional dances among its remit. A World Heritage site designation is coveted and seen as a boost to tourism. World War II, and particularly Nazi crimes. Amid accusations that the agency’s Arab members have used UNESCO to pass anti-Israel resolutions, UNESCO has worked in recent years on Holocaust awareness projects. That includes educational materials in multiple languages and organizing visits to former Nazi concentration camps.
Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, talks to journalists at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris on Thursday.