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United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

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United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

A controversial agency allied with the United Nations. UNESCO was founded to enhance cooperation among members of the United Nations in education, science, and culture. In the 1980s, several countries withdrew, complaining that UNESCO had become too political.

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