Furthermore, the bill eliminates all funding for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), the U.N. Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
SHORTSIGHTED APPROACH TAKEN BY THE HILL
Each of these U.N. agencies does admirable work in their particular areas of expertise. The decision by the House committee to eliminate their funding shows a clear lack of respect for their accomplishments and, furthermore, a limited understanding of the vital roles they play around the world.
The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) handles important matters relating to the health and safety of women and girls. According to the polling data, 89% believe the U.S. should support U.N. programs that assist with these issues. The House measure that would strip this agency of its funding does not align itself with the views of voters.
In addition, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) serves to advance American interests abroad by promoting democratic values. A significant percentage of poll respondents, 89%, feel that the work of UNESCO is extremely important.
U.S. contributions to UNESCO account for 22% of its budget, so defunding would be devastating to the agency.
In the case of the U.N. Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), it is especially crucial to fund this initiative with Rio+20-the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development- taking place on June 20 th .
U.S CREDIBILITY AT STAKE
With the House Committee on Appropriations bill falling far short of fully funding the U.N., and keeping with our commitment to the global body, American credibility is on the line.
The U.S. voters and taxpayers recognize this fact and they have let their opinions known based on their responses to this poll. Why do they not see this on Capitol Hill?
The time has come for elected Representatives to hear directly from their constituents on issues relating to U.N. funding and its relation to national security.
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