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S.J.R. 7






Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

House Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses support for the United Nations
             11      Children's Fund (UNICEF).
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    expresses support for the efforts of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
             15      to save the lives of children, improve their nutrition, help them to attend school, and
             16      protect them from exploitation.
             17      Special Clauses:
             18          None
             20      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             21          WHEREAS, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been providing
             22      assistance to children for over 60 years and has saved more children's lives than any other
             23      organization in the world;
             24          WHEREAS, to achieve this, UNICEF overcomes obstacles like politics, poverty, and
             25      even war;
             26          WHEREAS, UNICEF's mission is multi-faceted, targeting multiple causes of death and
             27      abuse of children, including malnutrition, disease, and exploitation;

             28          WHEREAS, Americans care about children, and individuals and governments in this
             29      nation are generous in supporting efforts to save children's lives, making certain they can go to
             30      school, and protecting them from exploitation;
             31          WHEREAS, supporting UNICEF allows the United States and its citizens to be an
             32      increasingly positive leader for change in the world;
             33          WHEREAS, poverty, conflict, and disaster overseas have global implications that reach
             34      even into Utah communities;
             35          WHEREAS, UNICEF works to help assist children and families affected by crises
             36      overseas;
             37          WHEREAS, although UNICEF is not involved in refugee admissions or immigration, it
             38      is likely that many refugees who resettled in Utah have direct and positive experiences with
             39      UNICEF's humanitarian programs;
             40          WHEREAS, UNICEF can provide opportunities for volunteerism for Utahns in support
             41      of children around the world;
             42          WHEREAS, through great emphasis on reducing preventable child deaths, UNICEF's
             43      "Believe in Zero" campaign works to reduce the number of deaths of children under five years
             44      of age;
             45          WHEREAS, while the number of children under five who died in 2008 from
             46      preventable causes was a staggering 8.8 million, this number is smaller than the 13 million that
             47      died in 1990;
             48          WHEREAS, poverty is a leading cause of extremism in third-world countries, leading
             49      to great violence and instability both locally and internationally;
             50          WHEREAS, by ensuring that children grow up with their basic needs met, extremist
             51      organizations that provide social services for the local populace lose a major recruitment tool;
             52      and
             53          WHEREAS, by fostering a spirit of cooperation between countries on humanitarian
             54      issues, diplomatic efforts for peace and friendship are made easier:
             55          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             56      expresses support for the United States Fund for UNICEF and for UNICEF's efforts to save the
             57      lives of children, improve their nutrition, help them to attend school, and protect them from
             58      disease and exploitation.

             59          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the United
             60      Nations Children's Fund and the United States Fund for UNICEF.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-30-09 2:16 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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