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U.S. Government contribution for UNICEF

U.S. Government Appropriations

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Since its creation in 1946, UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any humanitarian organization in the world. No other organization does more to help vulnerable children around the world to survive and thrive.

UNICEF supports maternal, prenatal and newborn care; child health and nutrition; clean water and sanitation; quality basic education for girls and boys; and protecting children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. Because of its unique experience and global presence, UNICEF is able to participate in all stages of assistance – emergency response, post-crisis recovery and long-term development.

UNICEF’s partnership with the U.S. Government and the American people makes a profound difference in children’s lives. UNICEF and the United States helped to cut the number of under-five child deaths from 12 million a year in 1990 to 6.6 million today. However, we cannot forget the chilling fact that approximately 18,000 children still die every day from preventable causes. That is one child dying every five seconds. Nearly half are children under one year of age. Pneumonia and diarrhea alone account for a third of all child deaths. Globally, undernutrition is a factor in nearly half of all child deaths.

We believe that number should be ZERO! Getting to ZERO involves everyone pitching in, including the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government’s annual contribution to UNICEF is part of America’s global investment in children. This funding enables UNICEF to partner with the United States to save and improve the lives of children around the world.


Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass appropriations to fund U.S. Government programs and agencies, including the contribution to UNICEF. UNICEF’s funding appears in the International Organizations and Programs Account in the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations.

Congress is working on the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015. Despite the tight budget, the U.S. Government will provide funding for global development programs. We believe this funding should reflect the values of the American people to make children a priority of our international assistance. A child in need knows no politics! That is why we ask the U.S. Congress to maintain the FY 2015 U.S. Government contribution to UNICEF at $132 million, the same level approved by Congress for FY 2014. We don’t want funding for UNICEF to be cut.


Contact your Senators and Representatives to urge them to support $132 million for UNICEF in appropriations for FY 2015!

UNICEF USA Speaks At Congressional Hearing

"We believe that UNICEF is an indispensable partner of the United States on initiatives to save lives and protect vulnerable children around the world."
Lynn Stratford, SVP of Program and Community Engagement, to Congress in March 2013

Download complete testimony [PDF]