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Press Release Quaker Lobby Supports Global Peacebuilders’ Call to Re-Commit to Peace 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today joined more than 170 peacebuilding organizations in an urgent call to action for global peace. The statement notes crisis responses that increase violence, injustice, and exclusion often worsen development losses and increase human suffering. Therefore, a focus on peace and justice must be at the heart of a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement The Time is Now: Re-Commit to Peace 

Sept. 21 marks the International Day of Peace and 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN charter. To mark the occasion, the Quaker United Nations Office led FCNL and more than 170 peacebuilding organizations from around the world in calling on the international community to recommit to the founding vision of the United Nations: international peace and friendly relations among nations.

Statement The Path Towards Positive Peace 

2020 International Day of Peace

As we confront systemic racism, climate change, an economic crisis, sharpening political divisions and the threat of a pandemic, I welcome the International Day of Peace as an opportunity to reflect and recommit to global cooperation and peace.

Press Release FCNL Welcomes Calls to Restore Humanitarian Aid to Yemen 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today applauded a pair of letters from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa seeking to restore $73 million in suspended humanitarian aid to northern Yemen, where 80% of its people live.

Action Alert Urge Congress to Support the Global Response to COVID-19! 

Right now, Congress is negotiating its next COVID-19 relief package. However, lawmakers continue to leave funding for the global response on the cutting room floor.

Press Release 2020 Atrocities and Prevention Report Dismays Quaker Lobby 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed disappointment over the recently-released global atrocities report from the State Department. The annual report, mandated by the 2018 Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Act, left numerous unanswered questions and completely avoided several vital subjects and trouble spots.

Update 100 Days of Silence from Secretary Esper on Landmines 

Today marks 100 days of stonewalling by the Secretary of Defense. On May 6, more than one hundred members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Esper seeking clarification on the new U.S. landmine policy. Secretary Esper has not answered a single question.

Update Advocates for Peace Disappointed with State Department Report on Atrocities Prevention 

Each year the administration must tell Congress how it plans to prevent and respond to atrocities around the world.

Update 5 Wins for Diplomacy in the House-Passed Funding Package 

Last week the House passed a mini-spending package for FY2021 that included $65.9 billion for diplomacy and foreign assistance. In passing this spending package (H.R. 7608) the House has once again rejected President Trump’s proposed cuts to diplomacy, development, and peacebuilding.

Background Invest in U.S. Contributions to International Organizations 

The United States supports the regular budget of the United Nations through the Contributions to International Organizations (CIO) account. This account also funds the work of more than 40 U.N. affiliated agencies as well non-U.N. multilateral organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization of American States (OAS).

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