Great news for vulnerable children and their champions: After months of tense negotiations between the White House and Congressional leaders, Congress recently passed a compromise spending package for Fiscal Year 2019. Reflecting the strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for America's global engagement, the FY 2019 International Affairs Budget is funded at $56.1 billion, an increase of $193 million (0.3%) compared to FY 2018. UNICEF supporters helped make this possible, with thousands of letters, phone calls and visits to legislators.
The FY 2019 package includes the U.S. Government's annual contribution of $132.5 million to UNICEF core resources, to protect the world's children. With a presence in 190 countries and territories, UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. UNICEF receives no funding from the United Nations; program support depends entirely on voluntary contributions from governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, corporations and private individuals.
With FY 2019 negotiations complete, Congress now turns its full attention to the FY 2020 budget and appropriations process. The Administration's FY 2020 budget request — which could be released the week of March 11 — is expected to once again propose dramatic cuts to the International Affairs Budget.
UNICEF needs your help again! Speak out today to urge your Members of Congress to maintain the U.S. Government contribution to UNICEF at $132.5 million for FY 2020. The U.S. Government's annual contribution to UNICEF is part of America's global investment in children.
For over 70 years, UNICEF has been putting children first, working to protect their rights and provide the assistance and services they need to survive and thrive. With a presence in 190 countries and territories, UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world.
Top photo: Students carry UNICEF backpacks into their drawing class in Aden City, Yemen in 2018. © UNICEF/UN0188072/Fuad