Some of the cast of the upcoming Smurfs movie teamed up with the United Nations to promote a new Smurf-themed campaign!
Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello and Mandy Patinkin (working together on “Smurfs: The Lost Village”) came out in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN on March 18. The three, as a part of the #SmallSmurfsBigGoals campaign, joined officials from the UN, UNICEF and United Nations Foundation at the UN Headquarters in NYC for a special event addressing ways to end extreme poverty and inequality, as well as fight against climate change.
The campaign itself was created to encourage youth all over the world to learn about and find ways to support the 17 SDGs adopted by world leaders at the UN in 2015.
“This inspirational campaign highlights the fact that each and every one of us, no matter how young or old, small or big, can make our world a happier place,” said Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and the Department of Public Information. “We are grateful to Sony Pictures Animation and Team Smurfs for their spirit of collaboration.”
In fact, during the event, three young students, Karan Jerath, Sarina Divan, and Noor Samee, were honored for their efforts. Karan, 20, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and protecting marine life in the process. She’s since become a UN Young Leader for the SDGs. Sarina, 17, expanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and other areas, while Noor, also 17, is a UNICEF blogger and advocate who challenges social justice issues and raises awareness of the SDGS. Demi, Joe, and Mandy, along with Smurfs director Kelly Asbury, presented these three with a special key to the Smurfs Village for their work!
The actors and UN officials present spoke before close to 1,500 international Model UN students, encouraging them all, as well as the public to join “Team Smurfs.” To be a part, you can visit SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com to learn more about how to contribute to the goals, and which ones are best suited to your interests! “We hope the campaign will help us all think about how our actions impact the planet,” said Demi. “Every one of us, even a Small Smurf, can accomplish big goals.”
Be sure to share the campaign on social media using the hashtags #SmallSmurfsBigGoals and #TeamSmurfs!