Kosovo Unesco membership bid turned down

After the voting at the Unesco session on 9 November, Kosovo wasn’t accepted into the UN’s cultural organisation as it didn’t get the required two-third majority of votes.

Kosovo doesn't get accepted into Unesco.

Kosovo bid to join Unesco fails. Image by Shkumbin Saneja / CC BY 2.0

Prior to the vote, both Kosovo (which proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008 but is not a member of the UN) and Serbia (which doesn’t recognise Kosovo’s independence) launched social media campaigsn representing their respective views about the Unesco membership. The main cause of controversy is the Serbian medieval heritage, as four Serbian Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo were added to Unesco’s World Heritage in Danger list and have been under KFOR’s protection since the end of the 1999 war because of attacks by the local Albanian population. Kosovo’s government has stated it would protect Serbian holy sites if it became a member of Unesco. Read more: theguardian.com 

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