On August 18th, the United Nations and partners brought together humanitarian workers, media innovators, celebrity musicians and influencers on the eve of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in the name of inspiring the world’s humanity using the power of social media. CelebSecrets4U was on-site to be in on all the action and help a good cause!
The event was punctuated by storytelling and musical performances and placed a spotlight on humanitarian crises around the world — with the ultimate goal of galvanizing a greater sense of global citizenship through this year’s groundbreaking #ShareHumanity digital campaign. Celebrity guests in attendance included Cody Simpson, who donated media feed for 24 hours turning social media channels into unique storytelling platforms, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, founder of Vice Media, Inc. Suroosh Albi, and Colombian superstar Juanes, who performed for the special guests.
Featuring inspiring stories from survivors of humanitarian crises and relief efforts in action, the #ShareHumanity campaign calls on celebrities, influencers and the general public to “donate” their social media feeds for 24 hours, turning social media channels into unique, never-before-seen storytelling platforms. In an effort to raise awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide – and the people who risk their lives to provide it – the UN General Assembly in 2008 designated August 19 as “World Humanitarian Day.” This WHD event, which was organized with the generous support of the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates, aims to create a massive display of public support for humanitarian action leading up to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (May 2016).