UNRWA Joins Global Online Safety Campaign

22 November 2017

UNRWA today announced that it has signed on as a partner of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign. Securing the internet is a responsibility we all share, and STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ is simple, actionable advice that everyone can follow to be safer and more secure online.

“This milestone is part of UNRWA’s efforts to increase and reinforce awareness of cybersecurity, including associated risks and threats, and provide solutions for increasing cybersecurity”, said Allan Canonizado, UNRWA Director of information management department. “We encourage everyone to take security precautions, understand the consequences of their online actions and enjoy the benefits of the internet with more peace of mind”.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ was launched in October 2010, with messaging created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, non-profits and government and leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group. In September 2016, the campaign expanded to include Lock Down Your Login, a STOP. THINK.CONNECT. initiative aims to empower people to secure their online accounts.

“Every person and organization has a role to play in promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “We are grateful to our hundreds of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ partners for their commitment to educating the public and helping build a culture of cybersecurity, online safety and privacy awareness at home, at work and in their communities.”

UNRWA plans to use STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, safety education and awareness initiatives and resources/materials to help Palestine refugees learn about online safety, security and privacy to help them and their families and your communities be safer and more secure online.

About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global cybersecurity education and awareness campaign. The campaign was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Learn how to get involved at stopthinkconnect.org

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)258 90724
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