Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong, effective relationship between the United States and the United Nations through outreach, communications, and advocacy. We encourage U.S. leadership to work constructively through the United Nations and to strengthen the United Nations' ability to carry out its invaluable operations around the world. And we engage policy makers, the media, and the American public to increase awareness of and support for the United Nations.
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Tell Congress to support the UN amid the Zika crisis
News about Zika virus continues to get worse. Before this outbreak, there has never been a mosquito-borne virus that could cause serious birth defects on such a large scale, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease, which can also cause life-threatening neurological disorders, is currently present in more than 23 countries and has already resulted in more than 400 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the continental United States. With warmer months approaching, there is concern that the spread could worsen. Working together, both the United States and the United Nations are focusing their attention on the presence of Zika in the Americas. And while the U.S. has made clear that it is committed to resolving the outbreak, we cannot do it alone. We need the UN’s reach and resources to tackle this global health epidemic. It’s important that Congress knows that so that it continues to support this vital organization.Here’s a brief overview of just some of the things the UN is doing to combat the Zika virus:- The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the global response and conducting everything from research prioritization to surveillance, to strengthening the capacity of laboratories to detect the virus; - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up its support to Brazil—one of the hardest-hit nations—and other countries in the region. Utilizing its network of 24 offices serving 35 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, it stands ready to support governments as needed. - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working with nations that have been affected by the Zika virus to ensure an accelerated and adequate supply of contraceptives and to help meet an increasing demand for sexual and reproductive health information and services, including prenatal care; - Even the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responding by implementing a nuclear technique that will help fight the rise of the Aedes mosquito population—the specific species carrying the virus—to reduce disease transmission. The importance of the UN transcends political or ideological differences amid this public health emergency of international concern. Sign this petition to let your Members of Congress know that you stand with UN and fully support the organization’s comprehensive efforts in combatting the Zika outbreak.
Support a Strong U.S.-UN Partnership That Keeps America Safe
The United States can't go it alone in the world, nor should it. The United Nations is an essential partner of the U.S. and helps share the burden of addressing our global challenges. Congress has the power to ensure that stays the case --so let’s make sure every Senator and Representative knows just how much it matters! A strong U.S.-UN partnership will improve our national security and lead to better and more effective global policies that will: • Prevent conflict and keep nations from slipping back into war. More than 125,000 UN peacekeepers are currently deployed in 16 operations worldwide. Their activities are a boon to U.S. interests. In fact, a study by Columbia University found that deploying UN Peacekeepers reduces the hazard that a country will slide back into all-out war by 50%. • Help halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Earlier this year, the United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed the strongest sanctions against North Korea in more than 20 years in response to its nuclear program. The good news is: The sanctions are already working. Several North Korean ships have been intercepted and inspected for prohibited materials and supplies that might help enhance its nuclear capabilities. • Combat terrorism. The U.S. cannot confront terrorism alone, and in fragile places like Mali, UN peacekeepers are working to stabilize conflict and restore democracy. UN Peacekeeping troops have regularly been the target of extremist groups and suicide attackers, suffering more than 50 fatalities by terrorists since the UN mission first deployed in 2013. Despite these challenges, the mission continues to protect civilians and advance a fragile but necessary peace agreement. Let’s make sure Congress understands that any national security strategy should include the UN!
Tell Congress to support the work of the United Nations!
With only six months left in the 114th Congress, it’s more important than ever that the House and Senate prioritize working closely with the United Nations to create a more peaceful, secure and healthy world. Every year, the United Nations: - Provides food to 90 million people in 80 countries- Vaccinates 58 percent of the world’s children, saving 3 million lives - Assists 39 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution - Works with 193 countries to combat climate change and make development sustainable- Keeps the peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 missions on 4 continents- Fights poverty, helping improve the health and well-being of 420 million rural poor- Protects and promotes human rights in country and through some 80 treaties/- declarations- Mobilizes $22 billion in humanitarian aid to help people affected by emergencies- Uses diplomacy to prevent conflict and assists some 60 countries a year with their elections- Promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year While tough decisions must be made in this fiscal climate, working with the UN is a resoundingly good bargain for us. Let’s make sure Congress continues to prioritize working with the UN in 2016 and beyond!