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15 April 2020
Take Action: Devastating Threat to Freeze All WHO Funding
StandWithWHO

In the last 24 hours, the threat to the United Nations - and the prosperity of the international community - has come under renewed threat. As of April 14, the Administration claimed that it would freeze all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) - all the while, we remain in the midst of an unprecedented global battle with COVID-19. 
 
You can watch this morning's update from the Secretary General on the spread of COVID-19 and misinformation here.  
 
The impact of such a freeze could be catastrophic to the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 across the globe - and we'll feel it in our own communities as well. 
 
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, WHO has shipped: 800,000 surgical masks; 54,000 N95 masks; 873,000 gloves; 15,000 goggles; 24,000 face shields.  This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been sent to 75 countries; they have also shipped testing kits to 126 countries. WHO's leadership in supporting research and production in partnership with Google, Facebook, and Whatsapp have played a critical role in mitigating the consequences of this pandemic. 
 
 
We stand with WHO - and we need our members of Congress to denounce this threat. More than ever before, this is the time to supprot the UN and its agencies. 
 
Picking up the phone and calling your Member of Congress is a quick and effective way to stand in solidarity with the World Health Organization (WHO). 
 
1.To call your respective Members of Congress, please dial 855-466-4862.
  • Once you dial this number, you will be asked to enter your five-digit zip code.
  • Afterwards, you will be prompted to press #1 or #2 to speak with your Senators and #3 to speak with your Representative.
  • Helpful tip: if you're leaving a voicemail, be prepared to limit your message to under 90 seconds. 
2.Before calling, be prepared with a short script that covers the following pieces of information:
 
  • Who are you? Where are you from?
 
Sample Script: Hi, I’m [your name], a constituent and voter from [your town/county/city, state]. I am a member of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, the largest chapter of UNA-USA, a grassroots movement of Americans dedicated to supporting the vital work of the United Nations.
 
  • Why are you calling?
Sample Script: I am calling you today to express my support for the World Health Organization. Right now, the UN is leading and coordinating the global response effort to COVID-19 by supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. In today’s interconnected world, a deadly health threat anywhere is a deadly threat everywhere. Will you join me in condemning the threat to WHO funding? 
 
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your life?
3.Keep your message brief and to the point, and don’t forget to thank the staffer for their time!
 
Share the attached graphic on social media using the hashtag #USAforUN. Together, we can make it clear to Congress, this Administration, and the men and women on the frontlines of this fight- we stand with the WHO.  
 
Download, save, and share UNA-NCA's one-pager on calling you member of congress here.
 
Interested in joining UNA-NCA's Advocacy Task Force for rapid response advocacy efforts? Email shayna@unanca.org