Monticello reacts to UNESCO decision

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- For decades, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site List.

On Thursday, it was announced the United States would be withdrawing from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, because of what the Trump Administration sees as its "anti-Israel bias" and a need for "fundamental reform."

The Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Foundation is reacting to that decision with disappointment but says it will not impact Monticello's inscription on the World Heritage Site List.

Monticello is the only U.S. presidential and private home on the list.
Israel has also announced it will leave UNESCO.

The U.S.'s withdrawal will take effect at the end of 2018.

Scroll down to read the full statement from Monticello:

In 1987, Monticello and the University of Virginia were together inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List, along with the Great Wall of China and the Acropolis in Athens. UNESCO's Criteria for Selection state that each site must be “of outstanding universal value” and meet one of the ten selection criteria. Monticello is the only U.S. presidential and private home on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

We are disappointed in the decision announced today to withdraw the United States from the United Nations cultural organization. UNESCO is a global steward of world culture that bridges, celebrates and protects the rich diversity of human creative genius. This decision will have no impact on Monticello’s inscription on the World Heritage Site List, nor on our commitment to jointly hosting with UNESCO an international symposium on the interpretation of slavery, in Charlottesville, in 2018.



 
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