Palestine became the 195th full member of UNESCO today, 31 October 2011. The vote of UNESCO’s full membership was 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions. More details on this milestone event for Palestine can be found on UNESCO’s website here and in a newspaper article here. For a video of the statement of the UNESCO Director-General Ms. Irina Bokova on this occasion see here. Hopefully the US and Israel will not withdraw their contribution to this important organization, despite having threatened to do so before the vote was taken. For UNESCO that would mean losing 25% of its yearly budget (22% contributed by the US and 3% by Israel).
Palestine follows South Sudan that became UNESCOs 194th member state only four days earlier, on 27 October 2011.