Pictures often are more effective at conveying a story than words ever can be. That’s certainly true of the Faces of Freedom photo exhibition, part of RugMark’s “Most Beautiful Rug” Campaign to end child labor. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is the national cosponsor of the tour of photographs taken by U. Roberto Romano during visits to India, Nepal, and Pakistan from 1996 to 2007. The shots take you behind the looms and inside the lives of children who have been forced to weave carpets for export to the United States and other countries.
Martin Rendón, UNICEF USA
Although all thoughts in Washington have been focused on the Inauguration, two weeks ago, Members of the 111th U.S. Congress took their Oath of Office and prepared to face some of the most challenging issues ever to confront an incoming Congress. But prior to taking up any other issue, the House and Senate met to count the electoral votes from the November ’08 election and formally certify that Barack Obama is the 44th the President of the United States.
The Electoral College vote was more than a ceremonial riteof passage. It underscores that the entire country, including the U.S. Congress, is looking to the new President for leadership.
That is why our Presidential Initiative to Accelerate Child Survival is so important. We know that even in these difficult times, Americans have not backed off their personal commitments to help children survive. We believe in zero
Our thoughts turn this time of year to the hope of peace for humanity and the fervent wish for a better world for children everywhere.
The Global Priorities Campaign, of which the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is a founding member, is working to make these dreams real. The Campaign brings together leaders for peace, proponents of nuclear arms reductions, people of various religious traditions, and child survival and child nutrition advocates. We are asking our leaders to make child survival and child health key components of what we mean by “global security.” Can we say we live in a secure world when 25,000 children die every day from preventable causes?
A concrete expression of the goals of this effort is the Global Security Priorities Resolution, a bipartisan Congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). The measure calls for the reordering of U.S. spending priorities by reducing our nuclear weapons arsenal and investing the savings in nuclear nonproliferation programs and in global child survival and child nutrition programs.
I walked by the White House today. Since I work in Washington for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, that’s not unusual. But today was special.
I had just come from a briefing sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign about the impact of the Presidential Election on foreign policy
I’d like to call your attention to an exciting opportunity for you to put your name on the line for child survival: the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s new online petition in support of a Presidential Initiative to Accelerate Child Survival.
Please join us in telling the next President of the United States that Americans want him to make global child survival a top priority. Ask him to do whatever it takes to save the 25,000 children under age five who die every day from preventable causes.