Missions of UNESCO and U.S. Involvement
The international organization UNESCO promotes collaboration among nations in
education, science, culture, and communications. Among its key work areas are
expanding educational opportunities, protecting world heritage sites, developing reliable
world scientific standards and statistics, and promoting freedom of expression and human
rights. With these goals in mind, it is important to realize the role the U.S. plays in the
decisions and actions taken by UNESCO.
UNESCO was created in London in 1945 and currently has 188 member states. In
1985, the United States announced its withdrawal from UNESCO due to various reasons
and remained out until 2002. The thesis discusses the controversy that surrounds the
international organization UNESCO and its missions as well as why UNESCO is
significant to the United States. Specificallyt the thesis will explore the membership of
the United States and its reasons for withdrawal from UNESCO from 1985 - 2002 and
why the duration of withdrawal was longer than that of other member nations. I will
analyze the arguments made by previous historians and present some overlooked reasons
for the long duration of U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO. It is important to understand
what role the United States plays in international organizations and how its actions
influence other countries and world perceptions.
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Sadri, Houman A.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; International organizations
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Khatri, Chandni, "Missions of UNESCO and U.S. Involvement" (2007). HIM 1990-2015. 647.