One Tweet Can Make a Difference: #ShareHumanity


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Champions for Humanity April 25, 2016 at the United Nations

As I walked into the lobby of the New York Headquarters of the United Nations Building on Monday, an overhead announcement said, “The Security Council is now in session.” I felt a bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, thinking, “How did I get here? We are certainly not in Kansas anymore!”

I, Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel, had been personally invited to participate in a meeting at UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). After years of working as a travel writer, on camera host and teacher, I felt like I won the Oscar of Travel Blogging by the honor of being included in this momentous conversation about the need for change in how humanitarian assistance is given around our planet.

Video: Impossible choices

Our group of twenty “Champions for Humanity” are tasked with assisting the UN OCHA to get the word out about the new website and the upcoming first ever World Humanitarian Summit. Sadly, “people are forced to make impossible choices every day.” On the website, learn about the issues facing 60 million people who have been forced from their homes. Many of the refugees are displaced for SEVENTEEN YEARS. It is not a six day, six week or even six month move from their homes. Some children spend their entire school years in temporary camps. There are 88 people who are forced from their homes and are fleeing conflict every three minutes.

To raise awareness and promote a paradigm shift in the way humanitarian aid is given, on May 23-24 the first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul. Tweet your world leader that they must attend this summit. Right now, during Passover, it is a time to remember when the Jews were slaves in Egypt and act as if each and every one of us had to find freedom. Go to the website and send one tweet. It can make a difference.

How would you choose after crisis and natural disaster? Can you imagine having to flee your home to escape civil war, leaving behind what you know and love? If airstrikes were imminent, what do you choose to save and what do you leave behind? 

In direct response to global crises and for the World Humanitarian Summit, the United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon developed an Agenda for Humanity that outlines five core responsibilities that the international community must shoulder if we ever expect to end our shared humanitarian crises. These five mandates offer a framework for Summit attendees, leadership and the public at large to take collective action:

    1. Prevent and End Conflict: an end to human suffering requires political solutions, unity of purpose and sustained leadership and investment in peaceful societies.
    2. Respect Rules of War: even wars have limits – minimizing human suffering and protecting civilians requires strengthening compliance with international law.
    3. Leave No One Behind: honouring our commitment to leave no one behind requires teaching everyone in situations of conflict, disasters, vulnerability and risk.
    4. Working Differently to End Need: meeting the basic needs of all vulnerable people requires a new way of working hand-in-hand with local systems and partners, anticipating and transcending the humanitarian-development divide.
    5. Invest in Humanity: accepting and acting upon our shared responsibilities for humanity requires political, institutional and financial investment.

Mosaic at @unitednations #sharehumanity “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” #nyc

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It was an honor to be invited to #unitednations #nyc to discuss #sharehumanity #istanbul #summit @unitednations

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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