【双语】UNESCO voices regret over US’s decision to leave the organization

The US State Department said on Thursday that the country is withdrawing from UNESCO, the cultural and educational agency of the UN, noting that the move will take effect on December 31.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," the department said.

It added that the US would seek to "remain engaged ...as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise."

In response, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova voiced "profound regret" over Washington's decision to withdraw, saying the move marked a loss for multilateralism and for the UN family.

The US had canceled its substantial budget contribution to UNESCO in 2011 in protest at a decision to grant Palestine full membership.

美国国务院周四表示,美国决定退出联合国教科文组织,并指出该行动将于12月31日生效。

“该决定并非草率之举,反映了我们对教科文组织拖欠经费、联合国根本改革的必要性以及教科文组织继续对以色列的偏见表示关切。”

美国务院补充说,美国将“作为一个非会员国,继续寻求并参与其中……,以便向我们提供意见、观点和专业知识。”

对此,联合国教科文组织总干事伊琳娜·博科娃对华盛顿的这一决定表示“深深遗憾”,称此举是多边主义和联合国大家庭的损失。

美国已于2011取消了对教科文组织的大量预算,以抗议联合国给予巴勒斯坦正式成员资格的决定。

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