Global Citizen Announces Global Citizen Week 2017
The weeklong series will bring together NGOs, artists, and advocates.
NEW YORK - Global Citizen today announced Global Citizen Week, a series of events that will culminate with the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park.
The public, advocacy-driven events and digital activations will take place across New York City and reflect the non-profit organization’s continued effort to engage people in the movement to end extreme poverty. Global Citizen Week will run from September 17th through the 23rd and convene and activate a global network of individuals, companies, NGOs, artists, and government agencies who are committed to joining this movement and taking action.
The events are timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly, shining a light on those pressing issues to be debated by the world’s top diplomats.
"For generations, New York City has been the place where Global Citizens come together, take action, and tackle global challenges,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen. “From September 17th - 23rd, Global Citizen Week will showcase the work being done by campaigners, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates from across the world. Working with innovative companies and governments, Global Citizens will turn New York into an arena of advocacy, calling on world leaders to deliver on their promises of a world without extreme poverty."
“New York City is proud to be a truly global city – just look around our five boroughs,” said Penny Abeywardena, NYC’s Commissioner for International Affairs. “Mayor de Blasio’s Administration is taking local action to solve challenges that are shared across the world, from poverty to social justice to climate change, proving that cities – and individuals – can lead the movement for positive change. As proud global citizens, New Yorkers are excited to welcome Global Citizen Week to our city this year.”
Global Citizen Week will feature a wide array of events, speakers, panels, performances, activations and powerful moments, including:
Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream
The Rev. Al Sharpton, Forest Whitaker, The Howard University Gospel Choir, Sir the Baptist, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts, and more will gather at the Riverside Church in New York City’s Upper West Side for an afternoon of performances and speakers. The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 PM; The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr. NY, NY, 10027
Global Citizen Live!
Annie Lennox will be honored with the prestigious George Harrison Global Citizen Award. Tom Morello and other renowned artists will join world leaders and leading activists for an evening to celebrate the impact achieved by millions of Global Citizens. Monday, September 18, at 7 P.M.; NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl. NY, NY, 10012.
Global Citizen: Movement Makers presented by Citi
Through a series of dynamic panels & fireside discussions, experts from across the arts, political, social good, health, marketing, and behavioral science spheres will share their perspectives with an audience of youth advocates. Movement Makers is presented by Citi, with support from global health partner Johnson & Johnson.; Tuesday, September 19, at 10 A.M. - 7 P.M.; NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl. NY, NY 10012
Global Citizen is Charity Partner for Forbes Media’s Centennial Celebration
Global Citizen is the official charity partner for Forbes Media’s centennial celebration, which will bring together and honor the world’s greatest business minds. Tuesday, September 19 at 6 P.M. Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, NY, NY, 10011
Global Citizen & Cadillac in Concert, The Accelerator Series
Global Citizen and Cadillac will host the final two shows of their concert series. Andra Day and another yet to be announced artist will each celebrate a social entrepreneur who is accelerating change in the world. Tuesday, September 19 at 7 P.M.; Thursday, September 21 at 7 P.M; Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St. NY, NY, 10013
Coming Clean for Child Health: An Event at the Tenement Museum
Global Citizen, the Australian Government, and global health partner Johnson & Johnson will co-host a dynamic discussion on urban sanitation and child health; Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 P.M.; The Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St. NY, NY 10002
Citi Citywide Activation
A co-branded Citi takeover of Citi Bike, retail branches, NBC’s TODAY Show, and Citi Field for the Mets home game against the Washington Nationals.
2017 Global Citizen Festival
Headliners Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers and featuring The Chainsmokers will perform at this free-ticketed event. Special guest performances will be given by Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, Alessia Cara, and more. Saturday, September 23 at 3 P.M. Great Lawn in Central Park, NY, NY, 10022
Brands across the city will also be participating in GC Week. Technical athletic apparel company lululemon will host immersive yoga experiences and wellness events at lululemon’s HUB seventeen space located underground in its Flatiron store and in lululemon’s new store located at 597 Fifth Avenue. TOMS will transform their New York City storefronts into community activism hubs.
Proud partners of Global Citizen Week include: Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal, Live Nation, Johnson & Johnson, Citi, HP, Cadillac, T-Mobile, iHeartMedia, NYC Parks, lululemon, P&G, The New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs, Bira 91, Universal Music Group, the Empire State Building, Forbes, Guardian US, Omaze, TOMS, and Tribeca Enterprises.
A full list of events and activations can be found at globalcitizen.org/festival/gcweek/
Since 2012, Global Citizens have taken more than 11 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in $30 billion in commitments from world leaders that are set to affect the lives of 1 billion people around the world. Global Citizen Week will serve as an opportunity to connect policymakers with the public and expand this community of active and engaged Global Citizens.