Global Citizen plans largest live broadcast cause event in history spanning 5 continents
International advocacy organization Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, today announced the plans behind Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream. This is a year-long campaign to get the world back on track to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a roadmap to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change, and reduce inequality by 2030, agreed to by all 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015.
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, this week called for a decade of action to deliver the Global Goals by 2030 and next year marks the ten-year countdown to achieve the Global Goals. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has assessed – using official data sets in consultation with the SDG Costing Group (co-chaired by the SDSN, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the OECD) – that the world’s poorest 59 countries need at least an additional $350 billion a year to achieve the Global Goals.
Working alongside, and in support of the United Nations, this campaign will call on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector to step forward, take responsibility for the goals, and provide the $350 billion needed annually for people and the planet to achieve the Global Goals in the poorest countries. These new funding commitments will fall into the areas of human capital, gender equality, and sustainability.
At the launch event, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, together with Teneo CEO Declan Kelly, kicked off the year-long campaign that will culminate on September 26, 2020, with an historic 10-hour global broadcast event spanning five continents. Simultaneous anchor events are currently planned for Central Park in New York, and Lagos, Nigeria, and to-be-announced cities in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Leaders in music and entertainment who have already raised their hands to perform and support the campaign were announced, many of whom are long-time partners of the organization, including: Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, D’banj, Eddie Vedder, EXO, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Lizzo, Metallica, Miley Cyrus, Muse, Ozuna, Ozzy Osbourne, Pharrell Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and more. Hosts already include Deborra-lee Furness & Hugh Jackman, Idris Elba, Jill Vedder, Rachel Brosnahan, Trevor Noah, and Uzo Aduba, with more to be added in the coming months.