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The “Together” Campaign


TOGETHER is a global initiative that aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants. The core values of the United Nations and the determination to “leave no one behind” which is at the heart of the Development agenda are at the centre of TOGETHER.

All 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously welcomed the TOGETHER initiative and committed to implementing it, when they met at the Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016. TOGETHER will run until the second half of 2018, when Member States are expected to adopt two Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.

Who is involved?
TOGETHER is a UN System-wide initiative led by the Secretary-General, which will be implemented in partnership with Member States, the private sector and civil society.

Who is the audience?
TOGETHER will speak to communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives. TOGETHER will engage and mobilize global citizens to show support for refugees and migrants.

What will TOGETHER do? TOGETHER will:

  • Create a coalition of UN agencies, Member States, the private sector and civil society, acting under the same banner, committed to addressing the problem of rising xenophobia.
  • Promote global action in support of non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
  • Create a strong persuasive narrative of solidarity, that will showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities.
  • Build empathy and humanize the debate. It will provide a platform for stories about and by migrants and refugees and of host communities that have benefitted from the inclusion of refugees and migrants. It will tell stories of children on the move.

How will TOGETHER do this? Our website will be the interactive hub for finding out information and joining the initiative. It will:

  • Enable partner organizations (civil society, private sector, UN system, Member States, academia) to get involved and establish their own TOGETHER activities;
  • Provide a repository of best practices, products and outreach tools to adapt to local contexts;
  • Engage and encourage the general public to get involved – for example by petitioning for refugees at #withrefugees, by sharing a personal story of migration with @iamamigrant, by producing short films for the Plural+ youth film festival, by taking a stand for rights #standup4humanrights;
  • Present official facts and figures about flows of refugees and migrants; explain the benefits of managed flows and of shared responsibility.
  • UN network of field offices will lead partnerships for action at the community level, fostering contacts between host communities, and refugees and migrants.
  • UN Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors will engage the global public and promote the aims of the campaign.
  • We will harness the creative community and technology partners to support Innovative products and outreach tools to reach more effectively the target audience.

Secretary-General’s Message on World Humanitarian Day (19 August 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.


World Humanitarian Day “ShareHumanity” campaign toolkit

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To mark the seventh World Humanitarian Day the United Nations and its partners are launching #ShareHumanity a global campaign to use the power of the newsfeed to amplify the real stories behind today’s humanitarian crises. In the lead up to the 19th August social media feeds will tell humanitarian stories of survival, resilience and hope. Inspiring the world to take action and donate their own feeds for the cause.

Be Part of World Humanitarian Day 2015

Starting August 12th share an inspiring humanitarian story via your social media networks and help us reach millions.

Here’s what you can do:

• Donate your feed: Choose a story you’d like to share with your networks and donate your social feed for 12hrs for World Humanitarian Day. Tell your fans and followers they can join #ShareHumanity too by donating their social feed.

• Create your own video: In addition to donating your feed, create a video asking your followers to join the #ShareHumanity campaign. Get as creative as you like and don’t be afraid to nominate others!

• Support #ShareHumanity: Can’t donate your feed? Don’t worry — we’d still love your support by way of a shout out to your networks to support the day. Share the video and hashtag encouraging people to visit and donate their feeds. We will provide you with a range of tweets, Facebook status updates and Instagram pics you can use to help tell your networks about the importance of sharing these inspiring stories. Together let’s inspire the world’s humanity.

Want to join this campaign? Download the WHD2015 #ShareHumanity Campaign Toolkit below.

WHD2015 #ShareHumanity Campaign Partner Toolkit

Why we need to celebrate World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we call for a more humane world and seek to inspire action from people all over the world to bring this about.

  • In today’s volatile world, more than 100 million people in countries across the world need urgent life-saving humanitarian aid as they face the impact of natural disasters, conflict, displacement, hunger or disease.
  • We recognize that each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others; and each one of us has the power to inspire our fellow human beings to take action to create a more humane world.
  • We celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world and pay tribute to all the heroic aid workers who have given their lives helping the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • But the world is becoming an ever more volatile place and the scale of humanitarian crises is more acute than ever before – humanitarian needs are outstripping our capacity to respond.
  • We cannot and must not turn our backs on the world’s most vulnerable people, nor tacitly accept their suffering as inevitable.
  • Every day brings reminders of the urgent need to realize a greater sense of responsibility to each other and develop a greater sense of global citizenship where we act to support those most in need.
  • In a more humane world, every woman, man and child struggling to survive humanitarian emergency would receive the assistance and protection they need.
  • In an age that is more digitally connected than ever before, we can seize a new opportunity to act together as global citizens for a more humane world.
  • The opportunities for communication and collaboration across continents and cultures give us all new ways to act together to make the world a better place.
  • This year’s campaign aims to inspire people all around the world to get involved in creating a more humane world by sharing the stories of the people affected by humanitarian crises, sharing their dignity, strength and humanity to inspire us all.
  • Using the hashtag #ShareHumanity, WHD 2015 will launch a global digital campaign in which celebrities, influential individuals and the public donate their social media feeds in order to reach out globally with the real human stories that are behind today’s headlines.
  • This WHD campaign will use first-person narratives to evoke empathy in others, raise awareness of human suffering and resilience, and help prime audiences into action leading up to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May 2016
  • The WHS is a call to action by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reduce human loss and suffering from crises. The Summit will be a global rallying cry for humanity where global leaders from government, business and communities will commit to global action to save more lives and search for solutions to the enormous humanitarian challenges of today and the next generation.