More than 60,000 attend Global Citizen Festival in Central Park
The 2019 Global Citizen Festival took place Saturday in Central Park.
The event brought together world and business leaders, nonprofit organizations, socially conscious artists, and thousands of Global Citizens to further the world’s progress toward achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
In response to over 1 million actions and campaigning efforts by Global Citizens, world leaders made new commitments, delivered on previous pledges, and announced new campaigns toward ending extreme poverty. The festival saw 18 commitments totaling $932.1 million, which are set to affect the lives of 7.6 million people, as well as announcements from partners and members of Congress worth $1.6 billion.
The festival featured headlining performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., who also joined for a surprise cover of “Dream On” with Alicia Keys, and Carole King, featuring a surprise duet with Kelly Clarkson, and special guest performances by French Montana, Ben Platt, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, David Gray, and NCT 127.
The event was hosted by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness. Co-hosts included Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson, Kal Penn, Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek, Rachel Brosnahan, Becky G, and more.
More than 60,000 Global Citizens attended and millions watched live through MSNBC and online via YouTube and Twitter.
Coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly meetings, this year’s festival marked a critical year for the movement to end extreme poverty - with 2020 marking the 10-year countdown to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development; the blueprint to achieve an equitable future for all.
In the two months leading up to the Global Citizen Festival, Global Citizens took over 1 million actions leading to 18 commitments worth $932.1 billion, which are set to affect the lives of 7.6 million people. Partners and members of Congress also made announcements worth $1.6 billion. Global Citizens will continue to use these commitments to hold governments and businesses accountable to deliver on their promises in the years to come.
The campaign 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.