Since its creation in 1947, UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any humanitarian organization in the world. No other organization does more to help vulnerable children around the world survive and thrive.
UNICEF supports maternal, prenatal, and newborn care; child health and nutrition; clean water and sanitation; quality basic education for girls and boys; and the protection of 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 6.9 million today. However, we cannot forget the chilling fact that approximately 19,000 children still die every day from preventable causes. Half are children under one year of age.
Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass appropriations to fund U.S. Government programs and agencies, including the contribution to UNICEF. Congress is working on the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013. Despite the tight budget, the U.S. Government will provide funding for global development programs. We believe that 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, at the very least, to maintain the FY 2013 U.S. Government contribution to UNICEF at $132 million.
Send a letter to your representative to maintain the U.S. Government's annual voluntary contribution to support UNICEF's child survival programs.