“In a world that is ever more digitally connected, each of us has the power and responsibility to inspire our fellow human beings to act to help others and create a more humane world.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Today marks World Humanitarian Day and the United Nations relief arm has launched a call for millions of people around the world to drastically change their social media feeds and share captivating tale of humanitarian heroism using the hashtag #SHARETHEHUMANITY
“We’re calling on the young and digitally-connected to help us push out these compelling stories and give a voice to the voiceless,” said Stephen O’Brien, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“Young people often ask me what they can do to help and I believe we have a shared responsibility to raise awareness and help to inspire humanity on these global issues.”
The #ShareHumanity campaign has already captured the endorsements of numerous celebrities from around the world, including Australian singer Cody Simpson, Chinese martial artist Jet Li, British media mogul Richard Branson and Brazilian footballer Kaká, who kicked off the initiative today by sharing people’s stories of survival, resilience and hope.
The stars lent their voices Tuesday to the world body’s effort to draw attention to major humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
The campaign itself calls on social media users to “donate” their social media feeds and ultimately seeks to leverage the collective power of millennials to inspire “a greater sense of responsibility, solidarity and social activism, using the far-reaching impact of social media,” according to OCHA.
“I’m getting behind #ShareHumanity because it’s a way of showing that we haven’t forgotten that there are millions living in humanitarian crises,” 18-year-old singer/songwriter Cody Simpson added. “I hope others will join us in this massive display of public support calling for a more humane world.”
The Aussie singer let a Syrian refugee use his social media account for a day during the #sharehumanity campaign.
The U.N. says its humanitarian office needs $20 billion this year to keep 100 million people in need alive — double what it sought in 2009 — but it’s received less than 30 percent.
This year, the UN and its humanitarian partners invite all of you to inspire the world’s humanity. The theme calls on you to join any of the world’s humanitarian organizations and become an active messenger of Humanity.
Secretary-General’s Message for 2015
On World Humanitarian Day, we honour the selfless dedication and sacrifice of workers and volunteers from around the world who devote themselves – often at great personal risk – to assisting the world’s most vulnerable people.
This year, more than 100 million women, men and children need life-saving humanitarian assistance. The amount of people affected by conflict has reached levels not seen since the Second World War, while the number of those affected by natural and human-induced disasters remains profound.
On this Day we also celebrate our common humanity. The families and communities struggling to survive in today’s emergencies do so with resilience and dignity. They need and deserve our renewed commitment to do all we can to provide them with the means for a better future.
Each one of us can make a difference. In a world that is ever more digitally connected, each of us has the power and responsibility to inspire our fellow human beings to act to help others and create a more humane world.
On this World Humanitarian Day I urge everyone to show solidarity as global citizens by signing up to the #ShareHumanity campaign. By donating your social media feeds for just one day you can promote humanitarian action and help to give a voice to the voiceless by sharing their stories of crisis, hope and resilience.
Next May, Istanbul, Turkey, will host the first World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit will provide a platform for Heads of State and Government and leaders from civil society, the private sector, crisis-affected communities and multilateral organizations to announce bold new partnerships
and initiatives that will vastly reduce suffering and at the same time reinforce the 2030 agenda
for sustainable development.
I count on the support of all sectors of society to make the World Humanitarian Summit
a success. Together we can and must build a more humane world with a stronger commitment
to life-saving humanitarian action.
To get involved and learn more about today’s campaign and events, visit: www.worldhumanitarianday.org