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!
Help Refugees Survive a Brutal Winter
The world currently finds itself facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. You could play an important role in helping the more than four million Syrian refugees who have been fleeing violence, persecution, and the terrorist threat of ISIS. The United Nations and its humanitarian agencies are working around the clock to provide safety, security, shelter, food, vaccines and education to Syrian refugees in need. However, they cannot continue to ease the suffering of civilians without adequate support for the UN and its agencies from Congress. Helping refugees is a core value of the United States and the United Nations. Let’s make sure the U.S. fully supports the UN’s life-saving efforts. Here are a just a few examples of the UN’s work in support of Syrian refugees: The World Food Program (WFP) is delivering lifesaving food assistance to more than four million people in Syria every month, as well as 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. In preparation for this frigid winter, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has insulated shelters and provided thermal blankets, as well as warm clothing, heaters, and fuel to hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians. The UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), for its part, has been helping to ensure access to safe drinking water for 15.6 million Syrians, providing educational support and recreational activities for displaced children, and vaccinating millions of children throughout the region in the wake of a polio outbreak in Syria. By speaking up on behalf of the UN’s work, you can ensure the U.S. does its part to protect these moms, dads, and kids in the worst moment of their lives. Help the UN help refugees. Sign this petition today.