The United States has urged the international community to take action to end the ongoing genocide in Darfur. The United Nations has taken up the challenge and is aiming to deploy the most complex and logistically difficult peacekeeping mission ever. The UN is working hard to get the resources it needs for this mission and to put peacekeepers on the ground in Darfur; but Congress has yet to approve full funding for the U.S.’ fair share of this mission and decisions on this funding will be made this week.
Join with thousands of people across the U.S. to take part in Darfur National Action Week. Tell Congress it is imperative that they provide the $724 million in emergency funding for the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, as requested by the President. Full funding is needed to ensure the smooth deployment of peacekeepers and to send a clear message of support for the mission to the government of Sudan.
Lead your leaders by contacting Congress (1-202-224-3121 9:00am-6:00pm EST, Monday through Friday) and urge them to make funding for Darfur peacekeeping a priority.
- To support providing $724 million in emergency funding for peacekeeping in Darfur—as requested by the President. The UN-led peacekeeping mission in Darfur needs the money now to pay for enormously high start-up costs. The UN needs to build security fencing, roads, housing compounds, and dig wells—even before most troops arrive.
- The U.S. should demonstrate its commitment to the Darfur mission and honor our commitments to UN peacekeeping—not throw more obstacles in the way.
- To oppose U.S. arrears to the UN peacekeeping account and ask that you endorse the higher, Senate level of funding for UN peacekeeping in any final appropriations deal.
Thank you for taking action. Together we can help ensure that the UN has the tools it needs to bring peace to the people of Darfur and in other troubled areas of the world.
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