AHD concerned by the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011

As CNN’s Stewart Patrick has noted, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, among other members of Congress, has supported a move to cut US funding of the United Nations by as much as 50% should the UN not shift to voluntary Funding. Patrick pointed out, “[s]uch a shift to a la carte UN budgeting—with different countries ‘cherry picking’ those items they wish to fund—would be an invitation to chaos. It would encourage other countries to follow the U.S irresponsible lead, crippling the UN’s ability to provide global public goods on which the United States and other countries depend—from peace operations to global health surveillance to counterterrorism cooperation”. Advocates for Human Dignity urge the US Congress to consider the global repercussions of such an action. While we recognise and respect the need for social discourse, Advocates for Human Dignity denounces the act as an affront to humanity and for being in direct conflict of the wishes of the American people. If anyone should question the need for additional funding, we invite you to watch this video showing UNICEF, a UN agency, providing life-saving vaccines to children in  Kenya. Children like this could face the brunt of this bill should it pass.

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