Thursday, 19 October 2017

Fragmented Thinking on US Withdrawal from UNESCO

Statement from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), American Anthropological Association (AAA), American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Society for Classical Studies (SCS), U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS), and U.S. National Committee of ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS) Regarding the United States of America’s Intention to Withdraw from UNESCO
Interestingly, and disturbingly, we see the same kind of isolationism and blinkered thinking here as we do in the Philistine government's decision to 'go it alone' embodied in the Trump regime's decision. This statement talks a lot about protecting our own heritage and that of others, forgetting that this is only a fraction of what UNESCO does and stands for.It is precisely such fragmented thinking by opinion formers in the US which is responsible in civil society today about what the wider effects of any single action actually are. We all need to practice joined up thinking before we do any more damage.

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