Canada stops new funding for UNESCO

By Advis3r
November 2, 2011

From the Montreal Gazette:

In the wake of a vote by UNESCO to allow Palestinians a seat at the table, Canada's federal government said it will not be giving any additional money to the UN body.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters Tuesday the government would not be offering further "voluntary" payments to the United Nations' cultural arm.

Baird said Canada would continue its funding at current levels, but will not add new payments.

Canada provides almost $12 million annually to UNESCO.

"Under no circumstances will Canada cover the budgeting shortfall as a result of this decision and Canada has decided to freeze all further voluntary contributions to UNESCO," Baird said.

The shortfall Baird referred to is in reference to U.S. law that immediately cuts off funding to any UN body that accepts Palestinians as full members. U.S. money makes up about 22 per cent of UNESCO's annual budget.

The minister said the government needed to send a message to UNESCO that it was not happy with the body's decision to include the Palestinians.

"The bottom line is there's going to be a large hole in UNESCO's budget because of the American law which withdraws funding and people at UNESCO should not look to Canada to fill that budget hole," he said. "They'll have to go to the countries who supported this resolution, that caused this budget loophole."

It is sort of a symbolic move but, hey, so is the entire idea that of the PLO being a member of UNESCO to begin with.

By the way, here is a list of the 14 countries that voted "no" for "Palestine" to be a member of UNESCO:

Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sweden, US, Vanuatu.

Yes even Sweden!



Thu, 11/03/2011 - 10:15

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This UNESCO thing has really upset you hasn't it ?


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:05

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Not upset just disappointed that the entire Palestinian Arab strategy for statehood seems to be to encourage stunts and that intellectually challenged bigots who support these stupid stunts think that this is the way to achieve peace i.e. doing anything to avoid actually making any real decisions.

Real Real Zionist

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:41

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Upset? He's as sick as a parrot.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:47

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Well I am in good company

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has said Palestinian efforts to join other United Nations agencies beyond its cultural arm are "not beneficial for Palestine and not beneficial for anybody".
Millions of people could be affected if UN agencies see their funding cut as a result of the Palestinian bids, he said in an interview on Thursday at the sidelines of the G20 summit in Cannes.
The US and Canada have cut off funding for Unesco since the Paris-based UN cultural agency approved a Palestinian membership bid – stripping it of about one-quarter of its total funding.
Ban said the Palestinian Authority's foreign minister had indicated that it would apply for membership of the 16 other UN agencies.
What do the 'Palestinians' or for that matter Rushkin or Phoney care about starving children in Africa who don't get even a fraction of the per capita aid money that the 'Palestinians' get? Surely you don't think that the World's spoiled brats are going to care about anyone else, do you?


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