Why U.S. Government Support Matters to UNICEF

twogirlslaughingSince 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. No organization does more to put children first!

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 5.9 million today. 

However, we cannot forget the chilling fact that approximately 16,000 children still die every day from preventable causes. That is one child dying every 5 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.

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 2018 Appropriations

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 typically has appeared 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 2018.  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 2018, the same level approved by Congress for FY 2017 and for FY 2016.  We don’t want funding for UNICEF to be cut.

Want to learn more? We encourage you to read UNICEF USA’s statement before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Take Action Now

Contact your Senators and Representatives to urge them to support $132.5 million for UNICEF in the appropriations for FY 2018!