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 science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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