Entries in United Nations (3)


Beyonce’s ‘I Was Here’ Music Video Debuts for World Humanitarian Day

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to encourage people around the world to make a difference, singer Beyonce Knowles has teamed up with the United Nations for her latest music video.

“I Was Here” was taped in front of a live audience at the U.N. General Assembly on Aug. 10 and was posted on her website on Saturday to coincide with World Humanitarian Day — which is observed Sunday.

The video features Beyonce dressed in a long flowing white dress in front of a large screen that projected images of humanitarian workers.

The inspirational song features lyrics such as, “The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave that I made a difference, and this world will see.”

World Humanitarian Day is a “time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff,” according to the video posted on the UN website and singer’s site.

Beyonce said she was attracted to “raising awareness of this day of recognition.”

“I found out that 22 people lost their lives helping people (in Baghdad). I thought it was such an incredible thing to turn that into something positive and try to include the world into doing something great for someone else,” the singer said in a video posted on the UN website. “I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else and that we spread positivity, no matter how big or how small.”

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the day is both a commemoration and a “celebration of things that people do.”

“There’s an amazing amount that people do every single day that goes unrecognized. This is about the big things and it’s also about the small things,” Amos said in the UN video.


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50 Cent Helps UN in Africa

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- We’re used to seeing Bono or Angelina on humanitarian trips to Africa, but 50 Cent?

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, recently became a large, and unlikely, donor to the United Nations’ World Food Program, and joined U.N. officials on a trip to Somalia.

“This is exciting,” he said. “I mean, according to the (security) briefing, it’s pretty dangerous, but I told him, ‘we don’t get briefings in the environment that I come from, and it can be pretty dangerous there also.’”

 This is the man who was famously shot nine times—as dramatized in the movie, Get Rich or Die Tryin’—and went from being a crack dealer to No. 2 on Forbes list of richest black entertainers and raps about bedding women and drinking champagne.

Now he volunteers to help in one of the most lawless and dangerous places on Earth. 50 Cent also launched a new line of energy drinks, called Street King, in which 10 cents of every bottle sold will go toward feeding children all over the world.

As we flew into Somalia with the rapper, it became clear that this was, in essence, a mogul’s midlife crisis.

“I want to be more, not just an artist, but as a person,” 50 Cent said. “My legacy, what’s left behind, I don’t want to be a guy who’s just remembered for writing a few decent songs.”

After landing, we were quickly loaded into a convoy, led by a truck full of armed men, and were taken to a refugee camp, filled with women and children, many of whom had walked for weeks to escape the drought and war.

As 50 Cent watched babies’ arms be measured so medical professionals could see the extent of their malnourishment, the rapper, who sold drugs at age 12 on the mean streets of South Queens, never knew his father, and whose mother, a drug dealer, was murdered when he was a child, was at an utter loss for words.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

While his book, The 50th Law, and often violent rap lyrics talk about being tough in a cold, hard world, 50 Cent doesn’t drink or smoke, he meditates with Deepak Chopra, he owned a 4 lb dog named Oprah that he liked to dress up and lives in a mansion alone in Connecticut.

And now “the Hip-Hop Bono,” as his manager called him, is in Africa helping children.

“This is the next chapter in my life,” 50 Cent said of the Somalia trip. “I don’t care if my audience is prepared to move forward with me, they may not necessarily be growing at the same pace. Some of them will understand it and other will turn their nose up at it, but who cares?”

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Julia Roberts Lands Role as Global Ambassador

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Julia Roberts is making room for another entry on her resume, as the actress takes up the role of Global Ambassador with the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of State, Roberts, an Academy Award-winning actress, will serve as a Global Ambassador with the alliance, and work alongside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help raise awareness about the issue of toxic smoke from unsafe and inefficient cookstoves killing millions of people globally every year.

“Nearly 2 million people around the world – mostly women and children – die each year from an activity that many of us take for granted: cooking for our families,” Roberts said. “I am proud to stand with Secretary Clinton to work to reduce the senseless and preventable deaths from unsafe cooking conditions in the developing world and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.”

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, and involves more than 60 national governments. The alliance seeks to create a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

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