Beyonce Films World Humanitarian Day Video At United Nations

This all began with a cryptic message on Beyonce’s website a couple weeks ago, which read “Leave your footprint on 19 August 2012.” That was followed by a PSA video urging fans to get involved for World Humanitarian Day and Friday night Beyonce added another piece to the equation, performing “I Was Here,” at the United Nations in New York.

“Is this what happens at the U.N. every Friday night?” Anderson Cooper jokingly asked the crowd seated in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations on Friday (August 10). “Because, I’ve gotta tell you … I wanna be here every Friday night if this goes on.”

The news anchor was referring to members of the organization and their invited guests who were gathered for a special event leading up to World Humanitarian Day, quickly approaching on Sunday. Cooper, himself a humanitarian in many respects, was on hand to host a series of interviews with local and international humanitarians that would eventually lead into a performance from Beyoncé.

The 30-year-old star had appeared at the United Nations earlier in the day, where she rehearsed her performance of “I Was Here” and met with members of the United Nations. Now, at 8 p.m. ET on Friday night, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson made his way to the stage welcoming everyone to the General Assembly Hall and giving an early introduction of Beyoncé.

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