The U.S. Owes UNESCO Half A Billion Dollars

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.


911bodysnatchers322 Oct 16, 2017 12:40 PM Permalink

I seriously doubt that these countries are paying as much as the US. Just like the UN, we contribute the lions share and are always the ones expected to show up with our troops

If you think about it, that means the rest of the world thinks of US soldiers as trash because they don't want to risk theirs

Also, if those countries are paying that much that's like several trillion dollars each decade. Do they REALLY need that much money to make sure that rocks stay where the f they are?

hanekhw Oct 16, 2017 11:53 AM Permalink

The UN is very used to members whistling over dues. Its a very old and established tradition. I'm pleased to see that the US has embraced it not taking the opportunity to wave their 'privilege' in the face of the other members.

Last of the Mi… Oct 16, 2017 6:55 AM Permalink

Here in Louisiana we have Poverty Point which is a "world heritage site" protected by international treaties under the auspices of UNESCO. It is nothing more than an attempt to gain foreign influence over land within the continental United States. We owe them nothing, and as far as I'm concerned I don't give a shit if they're shot on site if found anywhere within the continental US. It's a bullshit scam and a head nod towards a one world government and a globalists wet dream come true.

Golden Showers Oct 16, 2017 5:41 AM Permalink

Ted Turner!Come on and pay this bill you fucking cuck bitch.A UNesco bill is a joke.The UN is nothing more than a private NGO, posing. The UN is a foreign agent trying to embezzle and launder monies from the USA.FUCK THE UN. Move to Israel. Take your precious Rockefeller NYC land and move to Israel where you belong.You know I'm right.

. . . _ _ _ . . . Oct 16, 2017 2:02 AM Permalink

I read all the comments and it would seem like Gobble D. Goop is the only one who knows the score.When you can't pay your debt to the UN, they come in and take your land (or your infrastructure, etc.)I think it was Alex Jones who did a piece on this a very long time ago.I'd say stiff the UN fuckers, too, but contracts were signed, and unless you want to see the UN covertly take possession of American cities, ...

clagr Oct 16, 2017 12:53 AM Permalink

Actually I think it is time to relocate the UN building. What about to Panama or Afganastan. Bet the high roller employees would leave in droves.

tato1969 clagr Oct 16, 2017 3:09 AM Permalink

Simply close the building in New York. There is already a building in Geneva (Switzerland) and honestly much more appropriate, bacause Europe was, is and forever will be the cradle of the western civilization. But of course you americans don't know that because you are an ignorant country, as your president is showing day after day.

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CRM114 JoeTurner Oct 16, 2017 9:10 AM Permalink

A modern calculation for the center of the Earth's land mass is in Turkey, about 90 miles SE of Ankara. Therefore the UN should be located near there. It would make sense to put the HQ somewhere that has a lot of spare real estate, and a lot of unemployment. Downtown Aleppo would seem to be ideal! >:->

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Mat Cauthon Oct 16, 2017 12:20 AM Permalink

$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.

Yippie21 Oct 16, 2017 12:15 AM Permalink

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.

401K of Dooom Oct 15, 2017 11:39 PM Permalink

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.

nje Oct 15, 2017 11:12 PM Permalink

DOES THE US FORGET WHY THE STATE OF ISREAL EVEN EXISTS ??All efforts to maintain isreal belong to the us. period. its your fault. its your problem. maintain peace you bastards.

Anarchyteez Oct 15, 2017 11:08 PM Permalink


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