The good, the best and the inspiring from WE Day UN.
WE Day UN is a wrap! But that doesn’t mean the impact of the day has ended. From Madison Square Garden Theater you tweeted, instagramed and shared your inspirations from the day.
Actors Jordan Fisher and Skai Jackson hosted the event in the Big Apple, weaving the day’s themes together, with the UN’s Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) front and centre. Championed by a host of inspiring speakers, including award-winning actor and performer Whoopi Goldberg, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Chelsea Clinton, the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, talk of local and social impacts delivered a day full of memorable moments—not to mention heartfelt performances by the likes of Grace VanderWaal, Lennon and Maisy and Jessie Reyez.
Here’s a recap of those moments that moved, surprised, excited and inspired you:
That calm-before-the-storm stadium tech check with WE Day co-host and Disney star Skai Jackson:
A school group ready to celebrate all the actions they took last year. #WorldChangersReady
Who could listen dry-eyed to Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young’s speech about the young 10- to 12-year-old kids he met protesting segregation in the ‘60s? We weren’t the only ones with tears in our eyes.
Then there was 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Larracuente, who spoke about the opioid crisis and the friend he lost to the epidemic. #ItEndsWithUs.
And of course, sometimes we all have to be total fans, especially when the speaker is R.J. Palacio, writer of Wonder, now a motion picture, in theatres this November.
Climate change was on the agenda with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson taking the stage to share a lifetime of wisdom and then Chelsea Clinton asking us to all to do our part.
No one was left uninspired after listening to the host of women leaders at the event, including a panel featuring President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook VP Carolyn Everson and KPMG US Chairman & CEO Lynne Doughtie talking about how to combat gender inequality.
Some of you were blown away by the performances.
And some of the performers were blown away by you!
Then, of course, who could forget the reaction from the audience when the spotlight hit first-time WE Day attender Whoopi Goldberg?
WE Day wrapped up with a special message from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
And it was followed by a musical climax courtesy of the Kenyan Boys Choir, who sang One Love and Kill Em with Kindness. (Seems like they had a practice run with Whoopi Goldberg backstage!)
So Gen WE, that’s a wrap for NYC! We’ll see you in Toronto on September 28, 2017.