Metal fans and pop aficionados alike joined together to take action to end extreme poverty and see their favorite artists alongside world leaders at Global Citizen Festival: Accra and Global Citizen Festival: NYC on Sept. 24.
The 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival delivered stacked lineups in both cities, with celebrations that echoed calls for the international community to step up to build a more equitable and sustainable world for girls, for the planet, to create change.
Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, Rosalía, Angélique Kidjo, and Billy Porter performed in Central Park while Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, TEMS, and Uncle Waffles took over Black Star Square.
The artists supported the global campaign to empower girls, close the climate finance gap, and alleviate the global food crisis, culminating in more than $2.4 billion announced. More than US$800 million was announced to end extreme poverty NOW and the European Commission and Canada pledged US$1.6 billion as part of the seventh replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria on Sept. 21, in addition to the announcement of five companies signing on to the UN-led Race to Zero initiative to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
More than US$440 million was earmarked exclusively to initiatives to end extreme poverty on the African continent, with the remainder intended to reach people around the world, including across Africa.
In no particular order, check out our favorite music moments that helped ring in these major policy commitments across continents.