Cody Simpson may be a talented singer and teen heartthrob, but he is not a stranger to philanthropy. On August 18th, it was announced that the singer-songwriter has teamed up with the United Nations and an elite group of ambassadors to launch the #ShareHumanity campaign.
The #ShareHumanity campaign aims to inspire and create a greater sense of global citizenship by leveraging the influence of its ambassadors and their strong social media presence. Cody Simpson leveraged his social media stardom by handing his Twitter and Facebook accounts – holding over 7.5 million followers – to Syrian refugee, Thair Orfahli so that he could tell his story about escaping from an anguished Syria and his journey through Lebanon, Egypt, and Italy, where he later settled in Germany.
At the launch event, the campaign gathered Simpson, along with other celebrities and humanitarian leaders, including Malian-French singer, Inna Modja and Colombian star, Juanes, to enjoy a number of inspiring performances and speakers. The UN Secretary-General also paid tribute to the 120 humanitarian, aid workers who lost their lives in 2014.
Following the launch of the campaign, the UN and its ambassadors celebrated anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, the 2003 UN headquarters bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 people.