International Organizations and Programs

$363 million*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

The International Organizations and Programs (IOP) account funds U.S. voluntary contributions to the budgets of important international organizations and specialized agencies.

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Justification for Funding

  • Through this account, the U.S. Government supports agencies that leverage other resource to reduce poverty, promote global health, strengthen democracy and governance, promote human rights, and respond to humanitarian crises. Maintaining U.S. investment in these international organizations advances U.S. strategic, development and humanitarian goals across a broad spectrum of critical areas, and allows the U.S. to work with other countries to address problems that benefit from international coordination.  Examples:
    • UNICEF acts as a global champion for children, and works to ensure the survival and well-being of children worldwide. FY 2019 minimum request: $132.5 million
    • OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) coordinates international responses to humanitarian crises to better provide assistance to survivors. FY 2019 minimum request: $2.5 million
    • UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) supports a range of programs, including voluntary family planning information and services, training and deployment of skilled birth attendants and midwives, and ending the child marriage and female genital mutilation. FY 2019 minimum request:  $37.5 million

Cost of Cuts Below $363 Million

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  • Cutting back – or eliminating – the International Organizations and Programs account would severely impact the ability of these organizations to maintain important and lifesaving operations, and hurt their ability to partner with the United States on important global programs that serve U.S. national interests.  Funding from this account cannot be replaced by any other account, and funding from this account is not duplicated in any other account.

$425.5 million

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Additional Funding

  • U.S. contributions have had an impact. UNFPA and its partners have helped reduce the annual number of maternal deaths by 44% between 1990 and 2015. In 2015, 61% of all maternal deaths took place in 35 countries that are affected by humanitarian crises or fragile conditions.
  • In 2016, OCHA led global advocacy for people affected by humanitarian crises, securing financial support for humanitarian action and facilitating operations in crisis situations around the world.

Impact of 17% More Funding

In partnership with the U.S. Government, and with strong U.S. support, UNICEF helped cut the number of under-five child deaths from 12 million a year in 1990 to 5.6 million in 2016, a 53% drop.

  • Increasing the IOP request by 17% from its minimum requirement, to $425.5 million, would allow the U.S. Government to provide $100 million to UNFPA.  This amount would allow the United States to provide its fair share of support to UNFPA’s efforts to fill unmet needs for voluntary family planning, helping save lives of millions of women, girls and babies.

*FY18 Senate-Approved Appropriation

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