As newspapers around the country are filled with stories of the United States and the United Nations working together to address some of the most serious issues confronting the world today, a new threat to the United Nations has emerged.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced damaging anti-UN legislation in Congress that would cut 50% of funding to the UN and all funding to agencies such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme.
In Libya, Sudan, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the U.S. and the UN are tackling serious security and political crises. The UN is also on the ground working to deliver critical humanitarian aid to those affected by natural catastrophes around the world — from the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa to devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.
We are hard-pressed to find a moment in history where the UN has played a greater role in promoting American interests. Despite the importance of this vital partnership between the U.S. and the UN, legislation was introduced in Congress last week that would threaten funding to the UN.
Such a drastic measure requires urgent action - tell Congress today to maintain funding for the UN and let the U.S. continue to lead positive change.