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UNESCO Science Braces for a Big Squeeze

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Science  25 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6059, pp. 1045
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6059.1045

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The sudden loss of U.S. dollars has triggered a two-part crisis at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). How UNESCO responds will determine the fate of its roughly $120-million-a-year science portfolio. The organization's first and most pressing predicament is its short-term cash flow. Specifically, officials at the Paris-based organization are scrambling to get through the rest of 2011 without $80 million they were expecting from the United States and Israel. The two nations pulled monetary support for UNESCO after its 31 October vote to accept Palestine as a member.