Public Policy and Advocacy
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Syria: Prevent the Loss of a Generation
As the Syrian crisis rages on, beginning its fourth year, an entire generation of children is being shaped by violence, displacement and a persistent lack of opportunity. These children could be lost forever, with profound long-term consequences for Syria, the region and beyond.
Together with partners all over the globe, UNICEF is asking for 1.2 million people to stand up for the children of Syria. One voice for each of the 1.2 million child refugees torn from their homes by the brutal conflict. Be a champion for Syrian children. Help prevent the loss of a generation.
Provide Clean Water to Children
The bipartisan Water for the World Act would strengthen America’s ability to help improve access to clean water and sanitation for the most vulnerable people in the world. It builds on the landmark Water for the Poor Act of 2005, which at long last made safe drinking water and sanitation a priority of U.S. foreign development assistance, helping children around the world survive and thrive.
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.
End Child Trafficking
Bipartisan House and Senate versions of the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R. 1732 and S.1823), would help improve state child welfare systems in order to better protect children. This legislation would mandate the development of guidelines to assist child welfare agencies that work with youth at risk of being trafficked and exploited, and with survivors of human trafficking.
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).
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.
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.
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.