On Saturday, September 26th, the 2015 Global Citizen Festival was held on the Great Lawn of New York’s iconic Central Park. The Festival saw world and business leaders commit to the newly launched Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It featured performances by Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, with special performances from Ariana Grande, Common, Tori Kelly, and Sunidhi Chauhan.
The 2015 Global Citizen Festival was held in support of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, adopted by 193 countries at the United Nations on Friday, September 25. Outlining the significance of the Global Goals, Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Poverty Project, the organizers of the Global Citizen Festival, said,
“We are not a generation of bystanders. We are global citizens, and we are committed to achieving these Global Goals – a credible and achievable plan to end extreme poverty. The world is already making progress – since the 1990s, 83% more children are now attending primary school. 40% fewer people live with HIV infection and 2.1 billion more people have access to better sanitation.
“We are not a generation of bystanders. We are global citizens!”
These are huge, positive changes that have taken place during my lifetime. They point to what is possible to achieve in the next 15 years. The data reminds us what we must achieve for everyone on the planet.
The Global Goals carry the promise of equal rights and opportunity for women and men: the promise to live a healthy and dignified life, and the promise for every child to survive and thrive. These are global goals for global citizens, and we must achieve them.”
Nearly 60,000 global citizens attended and millions watched live throughout the day through broadcast partners MSNBC and YouTube. A one hour broadcast special based on the Global Citizen Festival will be aired in more than 70 countries over the next week.
Each year since 2012, the Festival has been the largest, most visible moment of a year-round movement of global citizens committed to ending extreme poverty by 2030. This movement combines the action and voices of millions of citizens, the efforts non-profit organizations, the anthems of socially conscious artists, and the commitments of world leaders.
Global citizens took more than two million actions in the months leading up to the Global Citizen Festival, leading to the 28 announcements and commitments that were made from the stage. These commitments are set to affect the lives of more than 92 million people, and will be used by global citizens to hold governments and businesses accountable to deliver on their promises in the years to come.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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