The UN’s ed­u­ca­tional, sci­en­tific and cul­tural agency

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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.

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