Support the Sustainable Development Goals

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Support the Sustainable Development Goals!

In September at the United Nations, the United States and other UN Members approved the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This agreement, “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” redefines how the global community works together to tackle poverty and improve living standards, while protecting the environment.

In the midst of all the depressing headlines these days, we can lose sight of the progress the world has made for children. Over the past 25 years, the world saw incredible progress in reducing child deaths, getting more children into schools (including girls), reducing extreme poverty, and in ensuring more children have access to safe water and better sanitation. UNICEF played a major role in that progress.

The SDGs commit the world to ambitious goals: in the next 15 years we can end preventable child and maternal deaths, we can end extreme poverty, we can end child marriage, we can end children left out of school – not just for some children but for all children, even the poorest and most disadvantaged.

We can reach these goals – but only with sustained U.S. support! Americans have been traditionally generous in supporting efforts to help children, both as private citizens and through the U.S. Government. If we want to reach the SDGs, we all need to maintain our investments in global programs (including UNICEF) that help children.

 

Take Action Now!

Contact your Members of Congress to help end preventable child deaths, and to support the Sustainable Development Goals! 

 

 

Letter to Congress

Subject: Please support the Sustainable Development Goals


Dear Member of Congress:

In September 2015, the United States and the entire world endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs commit every nation to help reach ambitious goals: in the next 15 years we will end preventable child and maternal deaths, we will end extreme poverty, we will end child marriage, we will end children left out of school. Those goals apply to all children, even the poorest and most disadvantaged.

Over the past 25 years, the world saw incredible progress in reducing preventable child deaths, getting more children into schools (including girls), reducing extreme poverty, and in ensuring more children have access to safe water and better sanitation. Investments by the United States in global health and development helped make this progress a reality. As an American, I am proud of the Congress’s strong bipartisan leadership to help save and protect poor children around the world.

Now is not the time to back away from those investments. We can reach these ambitious goals – but only with sustained U.S. support. I have two requests:
• Maintain and if possible increase U.S. Government funding for global health, development, and humanitarian programs, especially those focused on children, such as the contribution to UNICEF; and,
• Ensure that U.S. programs focus on reaching the poorest and most disadvantaged children first, not last.

Our investment in the world’s children is only a tiny part of our total government budget, but makes a huge difference around the world.

Thank you for your consideration.