United Nations issues global call to creatives to help spread the word on the coronavirus

UN's global call to creatives

With the coronavirus spreading to all corners of the world, the United Nations is enlisting the help of creatives around the world in areas not yet overrun by the disease to avoid or minimize the outbreak.

The United Nations, in its ‘Global Call to Creatives: An Open Brief from the United Nations’, states that it needs help “translating critical public health messages into different languages, different cultures, communities and platforms, reaching everyone, everywhere”.

“We need to meet people where they are, with a stream of fresh, innovative content which drives home the personal behaviors and societal support needed today. We are equipping you with WHO-provided knowledge and messages to spread,” said the call to action, which the UN confirmed is a rapid response, led by the UN SDG Strategy Hub which is run out of the UN Office for Partnerships.

The UN is launching this first-ever open brief to creatives everywhere to help spread the public health messages in ways which will be effective, accessible and shareable.

It is not a single campaign, according to the document – the UN is looking for a multitude of creative solutions to reach audiences across different cultures, age groups, affiliations, geographies and languages. It is seeking those with imagination, ambition and ingenuity.

By reaching out to creatives around the world, the UN hopes to inspire creators, influencers, talent, networks, media owners and others who can take these key messages and bring their own magic to them – a creative twist, a cultural quirk, an interpretation which helps amplify them to audiences not yet reached.

The organization will work with media partners, and clients with media inventory, across social, digital, streaming, broadcast, print and radio to amplify the best of the creative community.

The UN called out six key areas of activation it hopes to hit with its ‘mini-briefs or episodes’: personal hygiene, social distancing, know the symptoms, myth-busting and do more, donate.

Each brief lists the areas of focus, inspiration, existing UN assets and the tone it would like creators to use. For instance, for physical distancing, it states maintaining a six-foot distance from others and having people stay at home. For inspiration, it lists balcony concerts, social distancing matches and a ‘Together, At Home’ concert series toolkit.

In concluding, it notes the formats needed – video, graphics, audio, activation and solidarity ideas – plus the platforms it will be spreading information and the languages needed.

“We plan to amplify and share the best responses to this brief as widely as possible,” states the brief. “We’re moving fast and we hope you can too. By following the WHO key messages and sharing them truthfully and effectively, you can help Flatten the Curve yourself.”

Those who want to join the effort are asked to fill out a form on Google Forms, or contact StrategyHub@UN.org.

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