Ask President Obama to Support UNICEF in His Budget

Tell President Obama: Please maintain the U.S. Government's annual contribution to UNICEF!


Although Congress has not finalized the Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, preparations already are underway for the President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2017.

The President usually unveils his Budget Request for the entire Federal Government in February. But the formation of the request begins the previous Summer and continues into the Fall. Key decisions about the framework of the upcoming budget are made months before it is announced.

The U.S. Government’s annual contribution to UNICEF is among the items in the President’s request. His request helps to shape the work of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees when they draft their versions of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Appropriations.

It is important to UNICEF that the President seek funding for UNICEF that maintains the support Congress has provided. In recent years, Congress has recommended $132 million for UNICEF. That level was sustained in the President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2016. So we are asking the President to continue his previous support for $132 million for UNICEF for Fiscal Year 2017.

Why this is important

The U.S. Government’s voluntary contribution to UNICEF’s regular resources provides the foundation for UNICEF’s work to save children’s lives and build their futures. Steady and predictable funding is critical to UNICEF’s ability to help the United States in international humanitarian crisis, conflict areas, and emerging threats to the well-being of children. It helps UNICEF to expand what the United States is doing on child survival and maternal health, vaccines, basic education for both girls and boys, and for a variety of child protection initiatives.

The U.S. Government and the American people get a huge return for the funding provided to UNICEF. The continuation of the contribution for UNICEF at the level of $132 million will enable UNICEF’s ongoing work to move forward, and will help position UNICEF to respond effectively to the urgent humanitarian crises around the world that jeopardize the lives and well-being of millions of children.

Please act now

As the President considers his budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2017, he needs to know that concerned Americans want the funding for UNICEF maintained. Vulnerable children are counting on you! Please take a moment to sign this petition to the President about the contribution to UNICEF and tell him to put children first!

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Ask President Obama to include support $132 million for UNICEF in the budget for FY 2017!

Petition to President Obama

Dear Mr. President:

As you prepare your budget request for Fiscal Year 2017, I ask that you continue the strong support of the United States for UNICEF by including $132 million as the U.S. Government’s contribution to UNICEF.  This would maintain UNICEF’s funding at the level you recommended for Fiscal Year 2016.

The U.S. Government’s contribution to UNICEF provides the foundation for UNICEF’s work to save children’s lives and build their futures.  Since its creation in 1946, UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.

During your State of the Union Address in February 2013, you reinforced American’s commitment to save the world’s children from preventable deaths, and you have pledged the efforts of the United States to work with other nations to end preventable child deaths globally within a generation.

UNICEF is an essential partner of the United States to meet this objective, and the U.S. Government’s annual contribution to UNICEF is critical to saving these children’s lives.  The American people get a large return for the funding provided to UNICEF.

UNICEF supports prenatal care; child health and nutrition; clean water and sanitation; quality education for all girls and boys; and protecting children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  The contribution from the U.S. Government also helps UNICEF to respond quickly in humanitarian emergencies, including the crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Nepal, and the Central African Republic.

Please make the funding for UNICEF a priority in your budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 and maintain its funding at $132 million.  More and more children around the world are in desperate need, and they are counting on the support you provide them through UNICEF.

Thank you for considering my request.