The U.S. Owes UNESCO Half A Billion Dollars

Tyler Durden's picture

This week, the U.S. and Israel announced that they would be withdrawing from UNESCO, citing 'continuing anti-Israel bias'.

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, the move comes as a major blow to the organization which is known for designating cultural sites around the world such as the Grand Canyon or ancient Palmyra in Syria.

The U.S. has been expected to pay the bulk of UNESCO's budget for years and it cancelled its financial contributions back in 2011 in protest of Palestine's admission as a full member.

In the years since, it has amassed significant arrears of over $500 million...

Infographic: The U.S. Owes UNESCO Half A Billion Dollars  | Statista

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This year, the UK, Japan and Brazil have all failed to pay their contributions so far, accrueing nearly $70 million of arrears between them.

This isn't the first time the U.S. has turned its back on UNESCO.

The country also left the organization under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s before rejoining under George W. Bush in 2003.

The latest withdrawal will come into effect at the very end of 2018.

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Seasmoke's picture

Paying debts is for suckers. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

The U.N. Is a club for dictatorships, mostly.  

jackstraw001's picture

Pound sand, bitches! We're done!

wee-weed up's picture




Yet another anti-US Lib Globalist front organization...

Hey, Trump... let's save some taxpayer money here...

Fuck 'em!

Bes's picture

this is pro ZIONISM

full stop


but trump is on your side. 






Scar Bro's picture

Any organisation that is "anti-semitic" should be backed to the hilt. For the sake of humanity.

HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

somehow JULIAN HUXLEY and his 1946 oneworldorder + eugenics brainwashing paper called "UNESCO, its Purpose and its Philosophy" is being ignored?

HRClinton's picture

America's UNESCO 'contributions' can now be at least partially -- if not largely or entirely -- be diverted to poor Israel.

ebworthen's picture

Yes, screw that shit, UNESCO can pound sand and salt pillars to infinity.

WTF does one penny of taxpayer money go into that toilet?

ThirteenthFloor's picture

Who does the US of Debt NOT owe $$$$$$ too ?

Numero uno debtor award goes to .... US of A

Cheka_Mate's picture

Nelson Rockefeller built the UN with family money.

He wined and dined South America in San Francisco to get their votes to create Israel in 1948. (Check the voting record)

Argentina was a source of controversy (close ties to Third Re-ich)

They have outlived their mandate as far as Team Zion is concerned 

NoDebt's picture

UNESCO = United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.  More "world government" bullshit telling you how you should live.  Run by..... people who don't like you, basically.  Shit, even China hates these assholes enough they shun them and they have enought money they could buy all of UNESCO and run it like their own little UN fiefdom.  

Fuck 'em.  Let them starve.  I swear, if you feed them YOU will be the one starving not long after.


HRClinton's picture

And yet, for some bizarre, unexplained and mysterious reason, UNESCO is not allowed into Israel, the West Bank or Gaza.

Go figure. Must be for their own good, no doubt.

Weisshorn's picture

Everywhere I travel I keep running into these signs saying "Unesco world heritage site".  Bagram in Myanmar with 1000's of Stupa's is a "unesco world heritage site".  In reality all it means is that countries are carving off large chunks of sovereignty and handing it over to Unesco.

junction's picture

Not to argue with you but I know two people who worked at the UN and the impression I got was that the UN was a club.  UN employees who come from foreign countries get a lot of privileges, such as not having their salaries taxed here and being given all expense trips back to their home country once a year.  And, of course, they can stay in the United States legally, a plus if your home country is in a state of collapse, like Greece.  Some even get housing allowances, as shown in the investigation of Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General who somehow obtained 30 years ago and still keeps a taxpayer subsidized 3 bedroom apartment on Roosevelt Island even though his second wife is rich. 

LastLegion's picture

Israel said they would pick up the tab.

Anarchyteez's picture


What a farce. Even Mr Yellen just said valuations are "stretched." Lmfao in daily perpetual disbelief.

Duc888's picture



Funny shit is how much UN owes Uncle Sham!


suck my ass UN.

Antifaschistische's picture

who is loaning UNESCO money!!

Mazzy's picture

The rest of the world knows that Israel controls the United States.  Only the average American has yet to figure it out.

HRClinton's picture

And if they have figured it out, they dare not say it. Except in hushed tones to an old and trusted friend.


2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Just throw that on the fire, with the other 20+++ trillion.

That's only two years interest on the national debt......pffffffft

Mazzy's picture

You meant to say "days", not "years", correct?

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Correct,, I misread the original number, not used to them being so low.

At roughly 100k/min in interest, it's about 7 days worth of interest (like it matters anymore)

Mini-Me's picture

Washington is too busy servicing Tel Aviv to pay its bills.

Here's an idea: tell UNESCO to pound sand.

Jedclampetisdead's picture

Fuck that, tell the fuckin Jews to pound sand too. Remember the USS Liberty.

nje's picture


All efforts to maintain isreal belong to the us. period. its your fault. its your problem. maintain peace you bastards.

lulu34's picture

Keep walking. Fuck em.

GunnyG's picture

Dear UN, 

Suck my Dick.

Uncle Sam.

jfp661's picture

Paying the UN for anything is as waste.  I say UN, go ahead and leave, I'm sure Venezuela has some fine amenities for you.

Arnold's picture

The EU will have the 'This Space Available' signs up soon in Brussels.

401K of Dooom's picture

Oh goody, I have a great idea for ZerHedge.  In the town of Westport Connecticut, every June they celebrate the founding of the UN.  It's called jUNiet and let's al take a field trip and have a convention there.  That would make the inhabitants of Turtle Bay sit up and take notice.

onmail1's picture

The nakedness of USA is revealed

USA = Zionist controlled ratatouille

onmail1's picture

UN has lost its relevance

Its has become puppet to USA

Let all countries leave it

or take UN Out of USA



Yippie21's picture

bwhahahahaaaa...  yes please, 10 bags full!  Get out of NY.  Get out of the US.  Go where you'll be respected and treated better and no puppets!  Uh, yeah... I guess Italy or Greece would be great.

tato1969's picture

At least Italy and Greece have been the cradle of your civilization...  Opsss.... Sorry... I forget you yenkees have no civilization at all... bwahahahahaaaa...

oromae's picture

At the time that americans killed their british oppressors until they surrendered our independence, exactly which european nations practiced republican government? None.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

I'm perfectly fine with stiffing the UN.

ludwigvmises's picture

Yea we did well before the UN was created didn't we. We had peace & Prosperity!

Nobodys Home's picture

Good thing we quit then! Write it off as a default Unescholes!

January Jones's picture

Obama said to hide the half a billion in the Iran deal.

Jibe Ho's picture

Always leave them asking for more.

Yippie21's picture

So we cut 'em off in 2011.  They know this and continue on budget as if nothing happened.  6 years later, $500 million owed?  Seriously?  Says who exactly?  I'd say whoever has decided our decision , under the Unicorn President btw, means we now owe them...   ( that's rich ).. we owe them back dues...   yeah ok... hey U.N.  It's not you,  it's us.  I think it's time we started seeing other people.  You have 90 days to pack your shit and exit the building.  All diploasshats WILL be required to leave.  We'll talk about further arrangements later.  Cya.

Mat Cauthon's picture

$500 million so a group of overpaid bureaucrats can arbitrarily label something as a cultural site?

Sounds too much like the European Commission.  No wonder Papa Bush joined the US back up with them... UNESCO, like UNICEF, has to be a globalist front for covert terrorist activities.

Lost in translation's picture

The U.N. is a US Deep State front organization for world government.

desertboy's picture

And, who is the US Deep State serving?

JoeTurner's picture

The UN should relocate to Somalia so the bureaucrats could enjoy a more culturally diverse location...