Public Policy and Advocacy
Support Legislative Action for Child Survival
Tell the President to Honor His Commitment to Child Survival
Experts believe that we can end preventable child deaths in a generation. To make it happen, the world needs to accelerate progress in reducing the mortality rate for children under 5. Last year, President Obama noted his commitment to ending preventable child deaths. Remind him of that promise.
URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP END PREVENTABLE CHILD DEATHS
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Around the world, at least 93 million children—or 1 in 20 of those aged 14 or younger—live with a moderate or severe disability. Each one of these children is more than a statistic; each child is a son or daughter, brother or sister, friend or classmate. Each should have the same rights and opportunities as any other child. Governments must do their part by ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
ASK YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
U.S. Government Funding for UNICEF
To help us get to the goal of zero children dying from preventable causes—everyone has a part to play, including the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government makes a contribution to UNICEF which is funded in the annual appropriations. Although Congress is looking for ways to reduce Federal spending, money still will be appropriated for international assistance. We want to make sure that the money spent makes vulnerable children a top priority. UNICEF is the indispensable partner of the United States in the global effort to save and improve the lives of children everywhere.
TELL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT $132 MILLION FOR UNICEF IN FISCAL YEAR 2014
Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) lays out a comprehensive set of rights for children, and recognizes the essential role and importance of parents and families. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is joining with other child welfare organizations to ask President Obama to order a review by the Department of State and send the treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification—but we need to show that it has the support of thousands of people like you. Sign the petition to ask President Obama to demonstrate that the U.S. stands firm for children’s rights around the world.
ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SUBMIT THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD FOR U.S. RATIFICATION
Keep Cluster Munitions Out of Children's Hands
The United States still has millions of old cluster munitions in its stockpile, with failure rates as high as 30 percent. The bomblets that fail to explode on impact, remain scattered on the ground - still armed, still deadly, especially for children. We need to ensure that the United States does not sell or transfer these obsolete weapons, and never uses them in civilian areas.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND URGE THEM TO COSPONSOR AND SUPPORT THE CLUSTER MUNITIONS CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT