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October 13, 2017

AAA Remains Committed to UNESCO

UNESCO is a global development agency with missions that include promoting education, literacy, clean water and equality for women, though it is perhaps best known for its designation of "world heritage" sites -- locations with particular cultural significance. The organization plays an invaluable role in promoting peace and protecting resources by advancing scientific understanding and cultural awareness. It works precisely because its global scope of cooperation goes beyond politics.

The American Anthropological Association, a credentialed observer with UNESCO’s Economic and Social Council non-governmental organization group, remains firmly allied and engaged with the international protocols and conventions it has developed. We stand united with our colleagues, peers and students around the world in support of UNESCO’s mission.

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The AAA has also signed on to additional statements of concern regarding the withdrawal of the US from UNESCO with the Society for American Archaeology, the American Cultural Resources Association, and the Society for Historical Archaeology and with a coalition of seven other heritage organizations

Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with 10,000 members, is the world’s largest scholarly and professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and applying this understanding to the world’s most pressing problems.

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