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Join the Movement to Put Giving in the Holiday Season
On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we get deals. Now we have a day dedicated to giving back: #GivingTuesday. Help us make this holiday season about "giving" as much as "receiving." On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Generosity is an American tradition. Already, more than 18,000 partners have joined the #GivingTuesday movement to support causes such as fighting cancer and organizations that are helping people, including United Nations agencies. It's a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. It doesn't matter how you give - only that you give. Add your name to the #GivingTuesday movement, and together let's put giving at the center of the holiday season.
290 million children do not officially exist. Support the Girls Count Act
Imagine if you didn’t exist. You have no birth certificate, and the government has no record that you were ever born. For most of us, this is incomprehensible. But for millions of girls around the world, this is reality. Even though most countries have birth registration laws, according to UNICEF, 4 out of 10 births worldwide were not registered in 2012. That’s 290 million children living around the world today who are not counted. And this disproportionately affects the lives of adolescent girls in developing countries, deeply limiting their access to life-changing resources and opportunities. Time and time again, we have seen that when girls are empowered, they can change the world. But to have that chance, first they have to be counted. The Girls Count Act will make getting girls (and boys) a birth certificate a priority of U.S. foreign policy. Through this legislation, the U.S. will work directly with organizations like the United Nations, non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, and others to help ensure all children are registered and everyone has an opportunity to succeed. The bill was recently passed with unanimous consent in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. All we need now is for President Obama to sign this bill into law. President Obama has long been an advocate for girls’ and women’s rights, and we need his help to get to work, ensuring that all girls are counted. Raise your voice: Join with our Girl Up campaign and tell President Obama to sign the Girls Count Act.
Support the Life-Saving Work of the Humanitarian Aid Community
Right now, conflicts around the world – Syria, South Sudan, Gaza, Central African Republic, and more – have put more pressure than ever on humanitarian aid groups and the United Nations. While the news can be overwhelming, what gives us hope are the stories of individuals, both those who manage to persevere in some of the world’s more dire situations and those who run toward these situations to help. We honor the brave humanitarian workers from the United Nations and other organizations who risk their lives, and in some cases give their lives, to help people in need. All of these humanitarian heroes deserve our gratitude, and they also need our help. That’s why the United Nations Foundation is supporting the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as it works to get aid to those in need. Add your name to show your support for these brave heroes and their life-saving work, and join the United Nations Foundation in ensuring their safety.