Britain: Tired of the Same Old Body

Tired of the Same Old Body

A message pinned to the bulletin board at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by disgruntled staffers captured the general mood: "Enough is enough." One reason for the gloom: Britain last week affirmed that it will withdraw at year's end from the 160-member organization. Charging that UNESCO has become "harmfully politicized," Timothy Raison, Minister for Overseas Development, declared before the House of Commons: "We are determined that our support for the United Nations should be seen as support for effective and efficient organizations. Unfortunately, UNESCO is not such a body."

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