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Letters to the 107th Congress

July 25, 2001

The Honorable Joseph Biden
Chairman
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

As the Foreign Relations Committee moves to mark up the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for 2002-2003, I write on behalf of the American Bar Association to urge you to support including a provision in the legislation to enable the United States to rejoin the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO's mission to promote collaboration among nations in education, science, culture and communications is increasingly important in this time of global opportunities and challenges. In addition, UNESCO has successfully addressed the budget, management and other concerns that led to U.S. withdrawal in 1984. It is time for the U.S. to rejoin UNESCO.

As you know, the House-passed version of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, H.R. 1646, includes a provision expressing the Sense of Congress that the President should take all necessary steps to renew the membership and participation of the U.S. in UNESCO and authorizing an appropriation of $59.8 million for payment of assessed contributions of the U.S. to UNESCO. We hope you will support including a similar provision in the Senate's bill to help ensure that the U.S. rejoins UNESCO as soon as possible.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Robert D. Evans
Director, Governmental Affairs Office

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