New York, USA. Sept 24th. This year’s annual Global Citizen Festival brought together music superstars Stevie Wonder and Green Day with political leaders, including Miroslav Lajcak, president of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York Central Park on Saturday, on Sept. 23, 2017, to help end extreme poverty in the world by 2030.
This year’s performing artists lineup included Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, also featuring The Chainsmokers, and special guest appearances by Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, and Alessia Cara.
In the middle of The Lumineers’ uplifting Americana set, Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, made a plea for donations to help build his island nations after the devastation of Hurricane Irma.
Michelle Obama, former First Lady of United States, delivered a video message in support of girls’ education.
Stevie wonder took a knee to bring about unity in today’s world.
The Global Citizen Festival is an action-rewarded, awareness driven free music festival where fans engage with causes in order to win tickets. On Sept. 29, 2012, more than 60,000 people attended the first Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in New York’s iconic Central Park. The Festival featured live performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’Naan and more. Since then, artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, and many more have performed on the Global Citizen Festival stage.
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Tickets to the festival are accessed through points earned by taking actions to fight extreme poverty, such as signing petitions, sending tweets, calling your congressman, and more. The Global Citizen Rewards initiative uses this same strategy, digital platform and technology to spur music fans and change-makers alike to take action to help benefit the world’s poor. This concert is normally timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly to raise awareness and leverage government aid.
Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said that including this year’s concert, the organization in the past six years had secured $30 billion in commitments from governments and businesses to help end poverty, improving the lives of more than 1 billion people.
“We need to be better and we need to do more,” said Lajcak, who also quoted “Imagine.” “I need to hear your voices all over the world.”