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Three Ways the UN Is Building a Better World for Families

By Genelle Adrien

March 22, 2017

The United Nations (UN) and its partners are addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues. Its work is far-reaching and is transforming the lives of families and communities around the globe. These efforts matter and bring us closer to achieving the Global Goals.

“Every day, around the clock, the United Nations is working to create a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world.”

The UN’s work is critical to the stability of children and families now and for generations to come. Here are three reasons why.

Bringing Us Closer to a Zero Hunger World

Each year, the World Food Programme (a UN agency) assists 80 million people in around 80 countries by delivering emergency food assistance and working to improve nutrition and food infrastructure in communities. Much of their work occurs in conflict-affected areas where people are more likely to be undernourished. For example, they are currently working in countries on the brink of famine like Somalia and Yemen and they’re providing school meals to Syrian children across Aleppo City.

Saving the Lives of Moms and Babies

UN agencies like the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and others are advancing health for pregnant women around the world. Their programs and initiatives work to train midwives to protect moms and babies during childbirth, ensure women have access to safe and effective family planning, and improve access to proper care. This is just a small snapshot of the work they do – impacting the lives of 30 million women every year.

Closing the Immunization Gap

The UN vaccinates 40 percent of the world’s children. Just this month, UNICEF vaccinated 5 million children against polio in Yemen. In the past, a global immunization campaign led by WHO eradicated Smallpox. With support from United Nations agencies and initiatives, 116 million infants were vaccinated against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and about 85% of the world’s children received one dose of the measles vaccine by their first birthday.

These are just a few of the ways the UN’s work is building stronger families and a better world. You can learn more about their work in other areas like foreign policy, the economy and peace and security by visiting their website

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  • Visit the Better World Campaign and learn how you can support a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN
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    • No woman should die during childbirth. #DYK the @UN’s work for the health of mothers saves the lives of 30 million women/year? via @BetterWorldOrg
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