Singer Beyonce Knowles performed her song "I Was Here" at the United Nations Friday (August 10) in honor of World Humanitarian Day, which is August 19. The performance was filmed, and the video will also debut August 19.
"Wow, @Beyonce just performed at the UN General Assembly. She was awesome. Video will be released on #WorldHumanitarianDay August 19th," CNN anchor Anderson Cooper tweeted Friday evening.
According to MTV News, Cooper hosted the event and interviewed local and international humanitarians.
Actress Julia Stiles, R&B singer The Dream, and songwriter Diane Warren were on hand for the event along with hundreds of others, The AP reports. Warren wrote the song Beyonce performed.
In an interview, Warren said she initially played the song for Beyonce's husband, Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z. Soon after, Beyonce recorded the song. It appears on her album 4, which was released in the summer of 2011.
According to Beyonce's website, Beyonce and Warren will donate the video for "I Was Here" to a campaign launched by Beyonce, the United Nations, and humanitarian aid organizations to encourage people around the world to do "good" for others.
The UN is hopeful that with the help of Beyonce and her video for "I Was Here," the campaign will reach 1 billion people, the Global Grind reports.
UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson welcomed everyone to the General Assembly Friday and thanked Beyonce and humanitarians around the world for their contributions and willingness to not only help people in need, but to inspire others to do the same.
"Tonight she brings more than her stunning talents; she brings inspiration to help another person, to help another human being," Eliasson told the crowd according to MTV News. He described her song "I Was Here" as "profound and moving."
Beyonce also took time out to speak with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Global Grind reports.
The singer wore a floor length, sequined white gown for the performance, the NY Daily News reports.
"I'd like to ask everyone to make sure they're a part of August 19," Beyonce said according to MTV News. It's such a beautiful, beautiful day, and I'd like to honor the 22 people who lost their lives (in a terrorist attack on August 19, 2003). God bless you all. Thank you so much for having me."