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United Internet mobilizes instant support from Internet users for children through UNICEF emergency response

NEW YORK, United States of America, 24 September 2015 – United Internet, a leading German Internet service provider, is using its online portals and email services to promote the work of UNICEF and mobilize donations within 24 hours following an emergency. Under the umbrella of the United Internet for UNICEF Foundation, United Internet is using the speed and power of technology to help UNICEF provide essentials such as water and medical supplies in emergency response efforts, and support the setting up of protective spaces for affected children.

United Internet has generated both funding and awareness of issues through its reach which includes more than 40 million people in Germany. This rapid support proved critical in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, when United Internet generated €1.25 million in just a few days to help provide services for the most vulnerable children in hard-hit areas. When typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, United Internet matched every private donation in Germany up to €1,000, and the Foundation raised the record sum of more than €6 million for UNICEF.

“Digital technology should serve humanity, and there can be no better way to improve our world than investing in the well-being of children,” said Tessa Page, Chairperson of the United Internet for UNICEF Foundation. “Modern technology can bring people from different parts of the world together and create new opportunities to support future generations in need, helping disadvantaged communities help themselves. With the number of crisis situations on the rise and growing numbers of natural disasters, helping children in need has never been more important – but it has also never been faster and more efficient thanks to technological innovations. The United Internet for UNICEF Foundation has the technology and the reach to serve humanity – that is our philanthropic commitment.”

Through nine years of partnering with UNICEF, United Internet has raised more than €31 million for children, helping to save and improve lives in emergency situations. United Internet has also been providing long-term support by funding UNICEF’s regular programmes. These contributions have included helping to give children access to education, increasing the protection of children from abuse or hazardous child labour, and supporting efforts to end harmful practices such as female genital mutilation.

“UNICEF would like to thank United Internet and its Internet users for rapidly mobilizing funds thanks to the power of technology to quickly reach the most vulnerable children,” said Jorge Olague, UNICEF Head of Private Sector Fundraising. “We are grateful for the millions of Internet users who have become instantly active and have helped improve children’s lives with their donations. Thanks to United Internet, when children in an emergency need our help, millions of people can respond within hours.”

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About United Internet for UNICEF Foundation
As one of the leading international internet service providers, United Internet seeks to improve children’s lives, with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. The United Internet for UNICEF Foundation was established in September 2006 in partnership with the German National Committee for UNICEF. To create a protective environment for children throughout the world in which they can grow up in health and safety, is the foundation’s vision. In close to ten years, the foundation has raised more than 31 million Euros for children in need. Through its online portals WEB.DE, GMX and 1&1 as well as via email, United Internet reaches more than 40 million people and can mobilize supporters within 24 hours after an emergency.



UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work, visit https://www.unicef.org/.

For more information, please contact:

Ninja Charbonneau, German National Committee for UNICEF
Tel +49 (0) 221 93650298, +9 (0) 160 90989967
Email: presse@unicef.de

Tania Dhakhwa, UNICEF Geneva
Tel. +41 (0)22 909 5243
Email: tdhakhwa@unicef.org




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