After UNESCO: Implications for U.S. Leadership
3P's Israeli Palestinian Congressional Forum organized a November 17 briefing for 40 Congressional staff from both Republican and Democrat offices. The forum discussed the October 31 UNESCO vote to grant the Palestinian PLO full membership. This historic vote has led to a mandated cut-off of U.S. funding to UNESCO. Possible future automatic cuts from agencies that represent important U.S. national interests--such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the World Health Organization (WHO)--have called into question the strategy of linking U.S. policy toward the PLO and its funding of the UN.
Speakers at the 3P briefing included (from left to right):
Nizar Farsakh, General Director, PLO General Delegation to the U.S.
Roee Ruttenberg, Independent Tel Aviv-based Israeli-American Journalist
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen (moderator), Center for Conflict Management, United States Institute of Peace
Amb. Mark P. Lagon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
Amb. Nancy Soderberg, former Alternate Representative to the UN
Jeffrey Kushan, Intellectual Property/Patents expert, Sidley Austin LLP