UNICEF has announced that the number of children under the age of five dying each day from preventable disease dropped to 21,000 in 2010. That’s down from 33,000 per day in 1990.
That means, compared to 20 years ago, each and every day 12,000 more children are living to see their next sunrise. Each day, 12,000 more children are playing with friends, making their mothers laugh, and dreaming of all the exciting things they will do when they grow up. That is extraordinary.
But 21,000 is still 21,000 too many children dying from preventable causes. They die from causes most people in the U.S. rarely worry about. Malnutrition. Unsafe drinking water. Lack of a five-cent vaccine. That number should be -- and can be -- zero. This is a time of great opportunity for child survival. With strong U.S. support, UNICEF is leading efforts to reduce dramatically child deaths worldwide over the next decade.
The U.S. Government's contribution to UNICEF is critical if we are to truly reach zero. It's an important part of America's humanitarian commitment to children worldwide. Please urge your members of Congress to invest in UNICEF for FY 2012 to help save millions of children's lives and protect their futures.
I am writing to ask you to support $132.25 million as the U.S. Government's annual voluntary contribution to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for FY 2012.
UNICEF relies on voluntary contributions from both governments and private individuals to support its lifesaving programs. The funding that our Nation provides to UNICEF is critical to UNICEF's innovative and effective child survival programs. In addition, the U.S. contribution helps UNICEF respond to humanitarian crises (as in Haiti, Pakistan, and the Horn of Africa), and to address threats to children such as trafficking and sexual exploitation.
In partnership with the United States, our investment in UNICEF an in child survival makes a huge difference in the lives of poor children worldwide. UNICEF just announced that the number of children under the age of five dying each day from preventable diseases dropped to 21,000 in 2010 – that’s 12,000 fewer child deaths per day than in 1990!
Despite this significant achievement, the fact is that too many children still die from preventable diseases, too many children cannot attend school, and too many children suffer from exploitation and abuse. U.S. leadership and funding helps UNICEF to be an effective partner with the United States on child-focused initiatives that Americans support.
As the House and Senate work to finalize funding for FY 2012, please support $132.25 million for UNICEF in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations. The U.S. contribution to UNICEF is one of the most worthwhile investments in children we can make with our foreign assistance dollars. Please let me know that you support this funding.
Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you.
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