As US Prepares to Leave UNESCO, Envoy Urges Deep Reforms - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

As US Prepares to Leave UNESCO, Envoy Urges Deep Reforms

Chris Hegadorn made the appeal Saturday at the agency's Paris headquarters in one of the last major American speeches to UNESCO before the U.S. withdraws next year

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    As US Prepares to Leave UNESCO, Envoy Urges Deep Reforms
    AP Photo/Christophe Ena
    U.S. Charge d'Affaires to the UNESCO Chris Hegadorn delivers a speech as he addresses the 39th session of the General Conference at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

    The chief U.S. envoy at UNESCO says anti-Israel bias and opaque bureaucracy are hobbling the U.N. cultural agency and is urging deep reforms.

    Chris Hegadorn made the appeal Saturday at the agency's Paris headquarters in one of the last major American speeches to UNESCO before the U.S. withdraws next year.

    Hegadorn said the decision to leave "wasn't taken lightly" but was necessary because of budget reasons, UNESCO's inclusion of Palestine as a member and countries using the agency to advance their political agendas.

    He urged UNESCO to speed up spending decisions and do more to prevent violent extremism through education, notably on social media.

    Reported Plan Targeting Transgender People Sparks Fury

    [NATL] Reported Trump Administration Plan Targeting Transgender People Sparks Fury

    The Trump administration may be considering redefining gender as an unchangeable condition determined solely by a person's biology, according to a leaked memo draft obtained by The New York Times.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 22, 2018)

    He said the U.S. will remain "a determined advocate for the ideals on which UNESCO was founded" and support heritage protection and educational efforts.