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9 Inspiring Quotes From Shakira, Pharrell, Trudeau and More at the Global Citizen Festival Hamburg

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The dialogue between artists, world leaders, and global citizen activists was as inspirational as ever on Thursday night at Global Citizen Festival Hamburg in Germany. 

Chris Martin performed in not just one, or two but three languages — English, Spanish, and German — during the course of the night. 

Pharrell Williams encouraged an energetic audience saying that he has a feeling that we can and will end extreme poverty. 

Read More: 18 Stunning Photos From Global Citizen Festival Hamburg

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally said he plans to address women’s empowerment at the G20 Summit this weekend. 

“That’s one of the messages I’ll be bringing with me to the G20 Leaders’ Summit this weekend, and I hope you’ll help to share that message too,” he said. 

Here are nine inspirational quotes to take-away from Global Citizen Festival Hamburg as the world heads into the G20 to discuss some of largest global challenges facing humanity. 


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Given the opportunity, women and girls can change the world.Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau 

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That is the sound of change in 2017.Pharrell Williams

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It’s really important to be here. I’m a Global Citizen and you guys are Global Citizens.Ellie Goulding

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I really, really, never thought in my wildest dreams that your Spanish was that good. Amazing!Shakira to Chris Martin

Hamburg_DemiLovato_NadiaMurad_GreyHuttonForGlobalCitizen.jpgDemi Lovato, Nadia Murad, and Muzoon speak out for mental wellbeing, education, and justice for refugees.

Mental health support can help enable refugees, like Nadia, and many others who have been victims of conflict to seek justice, provide closure, and heal.Demi Lovato 

Hamburg_Mauricio_Macri_RamonHaindlForGlobalCitizen.jpgMauricio Macri, President of Argentina
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I really feel that nothing is more important for our future than education.Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina

Hamburg_AlexanderDeCroo_GreyHuttonForGlobalCitizen.jpgAlexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
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Every woman, and every girl, should be able to decide, for herself: how many kids she wants to have, when she wants to have them, and with whom she wants to have them.Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium  

Hamburg_RedCarpet_HughEvansTanyellaEvansPrimeMinsterErnaSolberg_RamonHaindlForGlobalCitizen.jpgHugh Evans, Global Citizen CEO, Era Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and Tanyella Evans, CEO Library for All
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Global Citizens, you are tomorrow’s leaders.Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Vielen Dank für alles was ihr getan habt um die extreme Armut auf der Welt endlich zu beenden! Thank you for all you've done to end the extreme poverty in the world!Hugh Evans, Global Citizen CEO