This past March, Nothing But Nets champions visited Capitol Hill and met with over 150 Congressional offices to support of strong funding for the UN, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund).
The efforts of our advocates and partners have made a difference. This week, the House Appropriations Committee released funding levels for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), rejecting the Administration’s proposed drastic cuts and calling for full funding for PMI and an increase for the Global Fund. This is critical to continuing progress against the big three diseases of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
The United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets’ Executive Director Margaret Reilly McDonnell remarked, “This is really significant as it sends a strong signal to the global community that the United States will continue its strong leadership role as we head into the Global Fund’s sixth replenishment this October. It also reflects just how important it is for Americans to raise their voices on issues that are important to them.
That said, this is just one step forward and there are several steps to go before funding levels are fully secured. We need to continue advocating to our Members of Congress in districts and states across the U.S. to ensure they know that there’s strong American support for these critical lifesaving programs.”
Want to learn more? Read the statement below from the Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo on the fiscal year 2020 House State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding bill.
“This legislation embraces the principle that the United States cannot go it alone in stamping out extremism or eradicating disease – we need the UN as our partner,” said Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Campaign.
“Just a few months ago, terrorists attacked a UN camp in Mali, killing 10 peacekeepers and injuring 25 more. These brave men and women are fighting extremists and trying to allow democracy to take root. In calling for payback of $479 million in FY’17 and FY’18 arrears, this Subcommittee made clear it recognizes the noble purpose of peacekeeping and that the U.S. should begin to fully reimburse troop contributing countries for the sacrifices their soldiers are making in Mali and around the globe.”
“Likewise, by calling for full funding of organizations like the World Health Organization, the Subcommittee showed it’s taking a stand for those health and humanitarian professionals delivering vaccines to counter another deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo. Despite daily attacks on these workers, they have still vaccinated more than 100,000 people and saved the lives of hundreds who have contracted the disease. The funding called for in this bill will be vital to ensure this work continues.”
“In addition, these contributions not only serve as vital force multiplier to the United States’ own efforts, but also ensure that the UN Secretary General’s ambitious reform plans proceed. It’s much easier to institute system-wide reforms when you have the necessary resources to implement them.”
“Going forward, we hope the Senate Appropriations Committee will follow the wise path laid out by the House.”
In total, the FY’20 House State, Foreign Operations bill provides $56.4 billion for the International Affairs Budget — $13.7 billion above the President’s budget request. The legislation robustly funds U.S. dues to UN peacekeeping and life-saving global health programs — such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and bilateral family planning — which enable the UN and its partners to empower women, halt preventable deaths, and help build more prosperous and sustainable partners.
Specifically, the bill would provide for the following: