Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell among 2019 Global Citizens Fest headliners

Special guest performances by French Montana, Ben Platt, and Jon Batiste and Stay Human

International advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced that Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., and Carole King will headline the 2019 Global Citizen Festival, the free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City on Saturday, September 28th, presented by Citi and Cisco.

For the sixth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and for the eighth consecutive year, iHeartMedia will broadcast the Festival live across its radio stations nationwide and stream the event digitally on iHeartRadio. The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson.

Special guest performances will be given by French Montana, Ben Platt, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman will return as hosts.

The Festival will be co-hosted by Matt Bomer, Rachel Brosnahan, Elvis Duran, Taraji P. Henson, Rami Malek, Bill Nye, Joy Reid and Forest Whitaker.

2019 is a critical year for the movement to end extreme poverty – with 2020 marking the ten year countdown to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development; the blueprint to achieve an equitable future for all.

Building on momentum by activists from across the globe and coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly meetings, Global Citizens will stand together and call for government, businesses, and philanthropists to uphold their responsibilities towards fighting deadly infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, tuberculosis and polio, empowering women and girls around the world, combating plastic pollution to protect the poorest parts of the planet, and building global human capital through quality education, skills, and health.

“After next year we will have only ten short years to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” states Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen. “The policies and progress that we make this year, and into 2020, will determine whether we successfully eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, and failure is not an option for the world’s poor. We are thrilled to have such an iconic lineup of artists, hosts, and partners join us at such a pivotal moment for this fight as we ask governments and world leaders to take action and end extreme poverty.”

The  announcement kicks off the first opportunity for fans and activists to earn their tickets to the Festival, which includes asking the governments of Canada, Australia, Norway, and Germany to replenish the Global Fund in order to raise $14 billion to drive to save 16 million lives and cut mortality rates from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in half by 2023.

Live Nation returns for the fourth consecutive year as production partner.

Proud partners of the 2019 Global Citizen Festival include Johnson & Johnson, P&G, and Verizon.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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