Public Policy and Advocacy
Support Legislative Action for Child Survival
Support the U.S. Government’s Commitment to Child Survival
In June 2012 the U.S. Government, along with other nations and organizations, signed a pledge to reduce child mortality. This was the beginning of a sustained, world-wide effort to save children’s lives. 19,000 children die every day from preventable causes—by 2035, the goal is to have that number be ZERO. Experts believe this goal is achievable, but not without the long-term commitment by governments, donors and organizations like UNICEF. You can help by insuring that the U.S. stays committed to its pledge to end preventable child deaths.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO CHILD SURVIVAL
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 $135 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