United States withdrew its funding after the admission of Palestine to UNESCO, 31 October due to a U.S. law dating from 1990. This creates an immediate deficit of $ 65 million until the end of 2011 and a deficit of 22% in the approved budget for 2012-2013, amounting to 653 million dollars. Israel also withdrew its contribution of $ 1.5 million (0.3% of UNESCO's budget) for 2012-2013.
The U.S. announcement sparked a wave of support to UNESCO unprecedented by individuals, associations and private companies all over the world. "This is a test of the good that UNESCO does," said the Director General. "I see these expressions of support as a clear recognition of good work done by UNESCO in the world. Are clear indicators of success. "
The Fund shall be open to multiple donors, from Member States to public institutions, foundations and individuals. Gabon's government immediately announced a donation of two million dollars.
The General Conference also took the following decisions:
Southern Sudan and Palestine were admitted as States and Curacao and St. Martin as Associate Members. This brings the total number to 195 Member States and eight Associate Members.