The Global Citizen Festival has grown into the largest event in bringing awareness for the fight for human rights in the last five years. As an annual concert series, it is on pace to help solve the world’s biggest challenges and end extreme poverty by 2030.
Over the weekend, Global Citizen successfully held world leaders accountable for their commitment to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ahead of the Festival, Global Citizens took more than 1.3 million actions and campaigns over 2 months, resulting in 44 commitments from policymakers that are set to affect the lives of 199 million people. They ensures accountability of commitments made on Global Citizen platforms in the past and pushed forward additional campaigns to further actions from world leaders.
“When I came to this Festival last year, I asked you to join me in raising awareness about these girls,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a taped message. “Well this year, I’m asking you to take the next step, and actually take action to help these girls learn. Go to letgirlslearn.gov and you’ll find a list of things you can do to get girls into the classrooms across the globe. You can then tweet what you did, or plan to do, to make a difference for these girls using the hashtag #letgirlslearn. Once you’ve taken action, I hope you’ll join me on international day of the girl, October 11th, for a livestream conversation with girls around the world.”
The 60,000 Global Citizens attending the free ticketed event were feted with headliners and special guest performers including: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Yandel and Yusuf/Cat Stevens, including a special performance of Patti Smith’s “People have the Power” from Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder.