Beyonce performs at the United Nations
Beyonce performs onstage during the filming of the I Was Here video at the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Picture: Reuters/United Nations/Cliff Watts/Handout.

R&B superstar Beyonce took to the stage at the United Nations' headquarters in New York on Friday to perform her World Humanitarian Day anthem.

Beyonce has teamed up with UN officials to launch the initiative on August 19, which encourages people to give back by getting involved in charity ventures.

She has allowed UN chiefs to use her track I Was Here to mark the global event, and on Friday she headed to the organisation's General Assembly Hall in New York City for a special event.

US newsman Anderson Cooper hosted the evening and joked to guests, "Is this what happens at the UN every Friday night? Because, I've gotta tell you, I wanna be here every Friday night if this goes on."

Beyonce then performed her song, and told the crowd, "I'd like to ask everyone to make sure they're a part of August 19th. It's such a beautiful, beautiful day ... God bless you all. Thank you so much for having me."

The West Australian

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