Kerry Pushes for US Role on UNESCO Board Despite Owing Dues

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday lobbied for the United States to be re-elected to UNESCO's board, promising to work with Congress to restore funding after Washington cut off its contributions in protest over the Palestinians being admitted as full members.

The United States and Israel in 2013 lost their UNESCO voting rights in the Paris-based U.N .agency's 195-member assembly, two years after suspending their financial contributions to the organization.

But Washington is still a member of the executive board that oversees the general management of the U.N .body and in his speech, Kerry pleaded that the United States be re-elected in November despite owing tens of millions of dollars in unpaid dues. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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