Maintain U.S. Government Contribution to UNICEF

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

Saving more children’s lives involves everyone pitching in, including the U.S. Government. Congress is working on the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018. 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 2018. We don’t want funding for UNICEF to be cut. (more about appropriations and UNICEF)

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Letter to Congress

Subject: Please maintain the U.S. Government's annual voluntary contribution to UNICEF!

Dear Congress:

I am writing to ask you to provide $132.5 million for Fiscal Year 2018 as the U.S. Government's voluntary contribution to UNICEF, included in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations. This is the same funding level for UNICEF approved by Congress in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2016 and recommended by Congress in FY 2017.

The U.S. Government’s support for UNICEF is an effective investment in saving and improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world, and is an example of assistance that reflects our American values.

Since its founding in 1946, UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any humanitarian organization.  Thanks to strong, bipartisan House and Senate support for UNICEF and for child survival, the number of children dying before age five from preventable causes has dropped by more than half since 1960.  However, 5.9 million children still die every year unnecessarily, and UNICEF continues to work to reach every single vulnerable child.

The funding UNICEF receives in the annual appropriations enables UNICEF to be an indispensable partner of the United States in saving children from preventable deaths, supporting basic education, fighting the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, and protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse. The contribution also enables UNICEF to partner with American service organizations such as Kiwanis International to fight iodine deficiency disorders and maternal and neonatal tetanus, and Rotary International to work for the global eradication of polio.  These are examples of successful initiatives that are strongly supported by the American people.

The appropriations for UNICEF also position UNICEF to respond quickly in humanitarian emergencies, including the response to Ebola and the impact on children of the crises in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen.

The U.S. contribution to UNICEF is one of the most worthwhile global investments in children we can make, so I encourage you to sustain the funding for UNICEF at $132.5 million in the appropriations for FY 2018.

Thank you for considering my request.  I look forward to hearing from you.