Pharrell Williams speaks at the U.N. to mark International Day of Happiness

Singer Pharrell Williams urges kids to seek happiness during the United Nation’s program for the International Day of Happiness.

UNITED NATIONS (MARCH 20, 2015) (UNTV) – Singer Pharrell Williams brought his message of happiness and climate action to the United Nations on Friday (March 20).

The General Assembly Hall was packed with kids to hear Williams talk about his road to happiness.

“Music is, has been one of the major joys of my life. And songs have taken me all around this planet. And it’s landed me in rooms that I’ve never dreamt of. And it’s walked me through doors that I never knew existed. That’s what my love did for me,” said Williams.

“I’m here to talk to you guys about the importance of happiness. Music brought me happiness, and when you find out what makes you happy – and it can be something as detailed as a long term goal, or it can be something as simple as the I feel when my son smiles. You should know that happiness is your birthright, it’s a reaction to something or someone, or a moment,” he added.

Also on the program was environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, who both talked about the importance of protecting the environment.

Williams also touched upon the topic.

“If you don’t take care of your home then you don’t have a life. So we have to now transition from climate change to climate action,” said the singer.

The one-hour event ended with the “Global Happy Party” music video version of Williams’ hit “Happy,” which featured pictures and video of people from around the word and UN personnel singing the song.