Today is World Humanitarian Day, and this year’s theme is "The World Needs More…". More what? Well, today you get to decide! Find ways to take action below.
Before you take action, a little bit about today. What's it all about? World Humanitarian Day was created to honor people around the world who risk their lives daily to aid communities facing natural disasters, poverty and ongoing wars. The day, observed on August 19 every year, pays tribute to the 22 humanitarians who tragically lost their lives in a devastating bomb attack on the UN’s Baghdad headquarters in 2003.
Last year, Beyoncé performed “I Was Here” (which just happens to be nominated for Best Video With a Social Message at the VMAs) for World Humanitarian Day. Along with the music video, she also helped the United Nations successfully rally people to share over 1 billion messages of hope worldwide! "It's so admirable that people around the world dedicate their lives to other people. I think it's so important for us to take some time and be unselfish and have compassion, because we really can impact the world," said Bey about the day (and yes, that totally rhymed).
Want to get involved? We have four ways you can take action today!
+ Watch Beyoncé’s Video
This year, the one and only Kid President asked Beyoncé to help him celebrate World Humanitarian Day. So what did she do? Queen Bey obliged and did a special interview with Kid President, which ended with a kiss! You can watch it in all its beautiful glory below.
The United Nations is asking you to Tweet with #TheWorldNeedsMore #insert word. Whatever your answer is (love, equality, etc.), it should be one word, and it needs a hashtag in front of it to work. This social campaign is twofold: it lets everyone say what they want, and this can get things moving in the humanitarian world, as Twitter trends show what’s important to people. It can also raise money. Different brands have chosen set words, and each time that word is used, they donate $1. For instance, Gucci’s word is “strength,” so every time someone Tweets “#TheWorldNeedsMore #strength,” Gucci donates a dollar to humanitarian aid operations that help people in need.
+ Visit the Site
If you visit the official World Humanitarian Day site, you can watch the word cloud and see what words are trending. You’ll also be able to see what words are being sponsored (and which words are generating donations). See how your word of choice is doing, and maybe some of the other words will inspire you!
+ Follow on Twitter
Want to keep up with what’s happenin’ on World Humanitarian Day? Since you’re already Tweeting about what the world needs more of, you can follow @UN_WHD to get updates from the United Nations.