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  • The Global Citizen Live event will take place over 24 hours on Sept. 25.
  • The group is calling for $6 billion toward famine relief, $400 million toward education programs and the donation of at least 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to those most in need.
  • The 24-hour live broadcast will air on ABC, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube and more.

A 24-hour live streamed concert featuring performances from across the globe will be held in September to push governments, corporations and philanthropists to do more to fight poverty and bolster COVID-19 response efforts. 

The Global Citizen Live event will feature performances from The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, BTS, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Metallica and several others on Sept. 25. 

The event will be broadcast via multiple television channels and streaming platforms, with concerts and live events being held in Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Paris, London, Seoul, Los Angeles and Sydney. 

Global Citizen, an advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty, is aiming to secure financial commitments from governments and corporations to address poverty, fight climate change and bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The group is calling for $6 billion toward famine relief, $400 million toward education programs and the donation of at least 1 billion vaccine doses to those most in need. 


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The campaign also calls for resources to protect and restore at least 1 billion trees by 2022. 

“COVID-19 has drastically reversed the progress toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals pushing upwards of 160 million people back into extreme poverty,” Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, said in a release

There are now more than 40 million people on the brink of famine. Progress on climate change has halted, as the majority of the Fortune 500 fail to set science-based carbon reduction targets. We must rectify the damage done and hold world leaders and businesses accountable for ensuring that the entire world recovers from this pandemic together,” he said.

The 24-hour live broadcast will air on ABC, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube and more. 


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Published on Jul 13, 2021