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These US and Foreign Dignitaries Will #ShowUp at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival

This weekend, Rihanna is headlining the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park. If you can't make it in person, find out how to you can watch and follow along with all the action here.


This year’s Global Citizen Festival takes place on September 24 in Central Park. So far, over 1.3 million health actions have been taken by global citizens everywhere.

With Rihanna, Metallica, and Kendrick Lamar headlining the festival’s music acts, attendees of the Global Citizen Festival already have a lot to listen to. With that in mind, a host of non-musical leaders will be in attendance, in support of different global issues.

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U.S. and Foreign Dignitaries participating in the festival and events include: ​

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Jeff Radebe, Minister of the Presidency of South Africa

Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia

Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium

Jim Kim, President of the World Bank

Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia & Global Partnership for Education Board Chair

Jakaya Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania

Amina Mohammed, Environment Minister of Nigeria and Chair of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

Bert Koenders, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands

Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls

Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House Democratic Leader

Senator Bob Corker, R-TN

Senator Christopher Coons, D-DE

Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY

Dr. David Nabarro, UN special adviser for the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director

Poonam Mahajan, MP from Mumbai, India

Kweku & Ndaba Mandela

Helle-Thorning Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children and former Prime Minister of Denmark

Alaa Murabit, Libyan activist, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate

Jeff Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, SDGs Advocate

Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate, SDGs Advocate

Richard Curtis, Filmmaker, SDGs Advocate

Jennifer Sara, Director for the World Bank Group Water practice

Aristarick Joseph, Youth Activist from Tanzania

Sara Mardini, Refugee Activist for She is Syria

Nazish Karim (‘Sufi’), Pakistan Health Worker and polio activist

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, and Principal for Rebuild by Design

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Some highlights:

The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg will speak about the Education Commission’s new report and outcomes.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, H.E. Xavier Bettel will speak about Global Health and his continuous commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, will speak about the Netherlands' commitment to support sustainable water management and global access to water and sanitation.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will speak about the importance of supporting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in a way that is respectful of the needs of poor and sensitive to the challenges faced by indigenous peoples.

Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment of Nigeria and Chair of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council will speak about securing access to water, sanitation and hygiene around the world.

The World Bank Group will announce progress on providing millions of people with water and sanitation.

Jeff Radebe, Minister of the Presidency of South Africa will make remarks on achieving water and sanitation for all.

Natasha Stott-Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for women and girls will introduce a commitment by Julie Bishop, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, will speak about access to education for young girls and women.

Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, will speak about the Commonwealth’s commitment to achieving the Global Goals by driving progress on polio eradication and gender equality under the law.

A Yazidi rights activist, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, will be talking about referral of sexual crimes against Yazidi women to the ICC.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former Prime Minister of Denmark, will be talking about a revolutionary new Girls Agenda drafted by a group of Civil society partners to guide and shape the UN's decision-making in 2017.

These Congressman have agreed to participate in the Congressional Honorary Host Committee, which is made up of nine congressional representatives and one senator:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY-22)

Representative John Lewis (D-GA-5)

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)

Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA-3)

Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI-4)

Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY-21)

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8)

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23)

Representative Randy Weber (R-TX-14).

We will continue to update this list as more information becomes available.