U.S. Government Funding for UNICEF

Students with School-in-a-Box materials at a Transitional Learning Center in the Uchiprang refugee camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Saving more children’s lives 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.

Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations

Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass appropriations to fund U.S. Government programs and agencies, including the contribution to UNICEF.

The House Appropriations Committee has passed the FY20 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill, which maintains the $132.5 million Government contribution to UNICEF, but the Senate is still working on the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020. 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 Government contribution to UNICEF at $132.5 million for FY 2020, the same level approved by Congress for FY 2019 and for FY 2018. We don’t want funding for UNICEF to be cut.

Want to learn more? Read this short summary on how appropriations supports UNICEF's programming. You can also read UNICEF USA’s statement before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

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