US pop star Beyonce filmed a new music video at the UN General Assembly hall on Friday. The music video, which will be released on August 19, marks World Humanitarian Day.
“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,” Beyonce in a statement.
The rare event was attended by celebrities that include actress Julia Stiles, model Alek Wek and musician The Dream.
Beyonce performed a song from 2011 called “I was here” – a ballad written by Diane Warren. Beyonce and Warren donated the music video to launch a global campaign that is planned to reach one billion people to encourage them to do something good for people in need.
“I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action – however great or small. Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.” said Valerie Amos, U.N. aid chief, in a statement.
The U.N. General Assembly, in 2008, declared Aug. 19 World Humanitarian Day to raise awareness of humanitarian action and recognize people who risk their lives to help those in need. The day also marks the day in 2003 when 22 people were killed in a bomb attack on U.N. offices in Baghdad.
Beyonce wore a Marc Bouwer Pre-Fall 2012 sequined ensemble.
Beyonce husband Jay-Z welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy, in January.