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Apr 05, 2017
InterAction President Lindsay Coates calls for UN Security Council to take action WASHINGTON – InterAction is shocked by the reported use of chemical weapons on Tuesday in Idlib, Syria. Information from health responders in Idlib indicate that more than 70 people have been killed, and many more...
Mar 17, 2017
20 million people are facing the threat of famine over the next 5 months, and 1.4 million children are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. These crises are all man-made and conflict-driven, characterized by massive population displacements, both internally and across...

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Apr 12, 2017
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the April 11, 2017 press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning today that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations...
Apr 04, 2017
Logistics Cluster Infographic on Humanitarian Response in South Sudan. 

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Mar 07, 2017
On February 28, 2017 InterAction hosted a conversation on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan with the former first lady, Rebecca Garang, and former deputy minister of defense, Dr. Majak Agot Atem.
Feb 07, 2017
Travis Adkins is the Senior Director for Public Policy and Government Relations at InterAction. We interviewed him to learn more about his experience, interests and what inspires his work.

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Apr 17, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC, April 7 — Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) president & CEO, Sean Callahan, joins 42 other CEOs of major international aid organizations calling on Congress to provide $1 billion in emergency funding for 2017 to address famine and food insecurity, particularly in South Sudan,...
Apr 10, 2017
More than 20 million people face starvation in East Africa, if immediate water, healthcare, shelter, and nutritious food is not provided to the region and the hardest hit countries of: Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania (UNOCHA). The situation is so dire there are fears it...

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What President Trump's "Skinny Budget" Means for Achieving SDG5

In 2015, 193 nations (including the United States) adopted a set of 17 global goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Agenda 2030, that offers a comprehensive roadmap to end poverty and gender inequalities by 2030. By signing Agenda 2030, nations have, as members of the United Nations, committed themselves and their resources to implementing, tracking, and achieving these goals as a part of their national development and economic growth plans. Nevertheless, the U.S., under the leadership of President Trump, has made it clear that Agenda 2030 is not a priority. 

Since taking office, President Trump has systematically taken actions that fundamentally contradict the U.S.’ promise to achieve gender equality under Goal 5 (on gender equality) of the SDGs, domestically and internationally. 

Since being sworn in on January 20, President Trump has reinstated the Global Gag ruledefunded the United Nations Population Fund, sent conservative family-first non-profit organizations with the U.S.’ official delegation to the U.N.’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and just last week, signed a domestic law enabling individual states to defund Planned Parenthood (PPFA). In taking these actions, President Trump is directly violating the promise the U.S. made to achieve SDG5, specifically target 6, which ensures “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights” in the U.S. and around the world. Furthermore, by sending two ultra-conservative, anti-abortion, and anti-LGBTI, hate groups with the U.S. delegation to CSW is not only an extension of the violation to SDG5.6 but, as our Executive Director Emily Bove says, an “insult to injury” to the tireless work of feminists and women’s rights advocates to secure and uphold these rights worldwide.

In addition to all of these blatant attacks against women’s rights and gender equality, President Trump’s proposed “skinny budget” requests a $650 million reduction in multilateral funding for institutions such as the World Bank (over three years), an over 50 percent reduction in funding the U.N. and its agencies, specifically peacekeeping operations and the Green Climate Fund, and a complete elimination of the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance account. By defunding these multilateral institutions and agencies wherein the SDGs and sustainable development programs are housed, the U.S. is signaling to the global community that they do not take the elimination of poverty and inequalities seriously. In contrast to proposed federal budgets during the Obama administration, President Trump’s FY2018 “skinny budget” makes no mention of women’s empowerment or gender equality, nor poverty reduction or sustainable development. Again reiterating the lack of prioritization by the U.S. to support and be a leader in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and SDG5.  

In May, we will learn how much of the $25.6 billion requested for State (a 28 percent deduction from the FY2017 budget), will be allocated to Function 150, the International Affairs Budget. At that point, we will know how much will be disseminated for gender equality programming and civil society organizations. Devastatingly, we do not have high expectations given President Trump’s continuously regressive actions taken toward women’s rights and the seemingly explict omission of women and gender equality in the proposed “skinny budget.” 

In essence, the U.S. is repeatedly sending a deeply concerning message to the global community of women’s rights and social change organizations: we cannot rely on this administration’s support of, let alone leadership on, strengthening the global movement for gender equality and achieving SDG5. Nevertheless, Women Thrive and our Alliance members will be sending a letter to the U.S. Congress calling for a stronger Function 150 allocation to ensure that the U.S. contribution and commitment to gender equality worldwide and international frameworks such as Agenda 2030 are upheld. 

Recent Executive Order Runs Counter to America's Values and Interests

Vivid stories and images of suffering and struggle from around the globe— Syria, North East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen along with families caught in the global migration crisis—are fueling compassion and a will to act among Americans. In response to the administration’s proposed budget cuts to USAID and the Department of State, we see renewed bipartisan support for development as a key aspect of U.S. foreign policy.

Latest InterAction in the News

Mar 23, 2017
There is a growing trend around the world towards the use of bureaucratic rules and regulations to contain and control humanitarian access. Earlier this month we saw another example of this, when the government of South Sudan announced that they would be increasing the cost of a professional-level...
Mar 09, 2017
South Sudan is wracked by unfettered violence, ethnic cleansing, and famine. But now the government wants to charge aid workers $10,000 to operate in the country. Officials in Juba say it’s a way for well-off Western and international aid organizations to shore up the cash-starved government. But...