Global superstar Beyoncé will be joining the United Nations and other humanitarian organisations on August 19th to launch World Humanitarian Day, where the singer will use her influence to encourage and promote good deeds. Beyoncé is not only putting her name to the movement but will also be donating her song “I Was Here” taken from her album, 4, complete with a new video.
Beyoncé and fellow songwriter Diane Warren made the decision to release the song globally on August 19th, with footage from an upcoming live performance at New York’s UN General Assembly Hall acting as the single’s video.
Speaking on the reasons why she joined the cause, Beyoncé says, “We all see the headlines and we think, ‘what can I really do to help?’ World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a difference. This is our time to leave our mark on the world and show that we were here and we care.” This message is reflected in the lyrics to “I Was Here.”
“World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work. I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action — however great or small — through www.whd-iwashere.org,” said Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.”
The campaign website aims to reach one billion people all over the world with the single message of doing a good deed, no matter how big or small it may seem, to make a difference in the world.
World Humanitarian Day was set up in 2008 to raise awareness of humanitarian assistance and to recognise those who risk their lives to help people in need on a worldwide scale. It was also made to mark the day in 2003 when 22 people lost their lives in an attack on the UN offices in Baghdad.
There will be celebrations, public events and commemorations by communities and organisations in places like Dubai, Bangkok, Addis Ababa, New York and Geneva.
For info on how to participate, support the cause and leave your mark, head over to the official website www.whd-iwashere.org and get involved!