Qatar’s first lady Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser has pledged to help the United Nations’ cultural agency in fulfilling its education goals after the group lost 22 percent of its funding from the United States last month.
The U.S. froze $65 million in contributions to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after member states voted to make Palestine a full member of the group.
U.S. legislation prohibits funding for any UN agency that grants full membership to any group that is not internationally recognized as a state.
As Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, Sheikha Mozah called on other countries to pitch in and ensure UNESCO’s main activities don’t suffer from the budget shortfall.
Her Highness is particularly concerned that the decision of some Member States to withhold contributions will have serious and adverse consequences on UNESCO’s core programs and mark setbacks for sustainable development and peace, at a time when international cooperation is critical for achieving quality universal education…
The modalities for this important initiative will be worked out in the next few weeks with all the speed and urgency required to minimize the possible negative impact to UNESCO core programme adopted by the 36th General Conference of Member States.
Read more on how UNESCO is handling its new budgetary woes here.