Met Museum chief: Trump decision to withdraw from UNESCO “undermines… historic role of U.S.”

By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2017 The Dance Insider

NEW YORK — Metropolitan Museum of New York president Daniel Weiss this morning issued the following statement criticizing U.S. president Donald Trump’s ill-advised decision to withdraw the U.S. from UNESCO, whose primary mission is preserving the world’s cultural patrimony:

“One of our most important responsibilities as museum leaders is to protect cultural heritage and promote international education. For more than half a century the Met and countless other museums have successfully partnered with UNESCO, an organization that has earned the respect of nations and communities worldwide for bringing together curators, conservators, and a range of other scholars to educate, preserve, protect, and support the intellectual and artistic traditions of our shared cultural heritage. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong advocate for cultural preservation. Although UNESCO may be an imperfect organization, it has been an important leader and steadfast partner in this crucial work. The Met remains deeply committed to productive engagement with UNESCO and our colleagues around the world who share this important objective.”

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