Influential leaders, the world’s greatest artists, and activists will unite on Sept. 24 for Global Citizen Festival 2022

This year’s global campaign — which will feature events held in New York City’s Central Park and Accra’s Black Star Square — aims to achieve an ambitious policy agenda focused on empowering girls and women, taking climate action, breaking systemic barriers, and lifting up activists and advocates.

Global Citizen Festival would not be possible without the generous support of world leaders like President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, or superstars like Metallica, Jonas Brothers, Mariah Carey, Stormzy, and SZA — all of whom will join us on our festival stages this year.

There’s another cohort, however, that does an unbelievable amount of work around the world — our global campaign policy partners, which focus on key campaign areas such as gender equity, climate action, global health, world hunger, and defending advocacy.

Our partners are vetted and selected based on their ability to achieve tangible outcomes to accomplish the objectives of our End Extreme Poverty NOW campaign. Take a look below to learn more about this year’s incredible policy partners, all doing amazing work to address inequality and support the world’s most vulnerable communities.

And make sure to check out our regional response partners in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.

1. Action Against Hunger

As the world’s hunger specialist, Action Against Hunger’s primary goal is to create a better way to deal with hunger. For more than 40 years, it has led the global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger, for everyone, for good. Its teams are on the front lines, treating and preventing malnutrition across more than 50 countries.


ALLIED, the Alliance for Land, Indigenous, and Environmental Defenders, works to build protection skills among defenders, strengthen government and business safeguards for defenders, and protect civil society actors addressing the root causes of threats and attacks on defenders.


BRAC is an international nonprofit with a mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. It designs proven, scalable solutions that equip people with the support, skills, and confidence they need to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve their potential.

4. Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens’ mission is to empower women and youth with UN Global Goal knowledge, 21st-century skills, and global citizen values to live in a peaceful and prosperous world — leaving no one behind. Through leadership, advocacy, education, peace, and security programs based on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris agreement, the BKMC promotes global citizenship.

5. Center for Environmental Peacebuilding

From climate disasters to oppression and violent conflicts, combatting today's most pressing issues can seem overwhelming. The Center for Environmental Peacebuilding’s mission is to identify community champions and enable them to effect structural change.


CGIAR believes a realignment of food systems is crucial to achieving the UN Global Goals. With a 50-year track record of agricultural innovations that have lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, CGIAR is a key player in food systems transformation. CGIAR has mobilized to support informed pandemic responses, facilitating country recovery plans through a CGIAR COVID-19 Hub.


CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organizations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. CIVICUS’s definition of civil society is broad and covers non-governmental organizations, activists, civil society coalitions and networks, protest and social movements, voluntary bodies, campaigning organizations, charities, faith-based groups, trade unions, and philanthropic foundations.

8. charity: water

charity: water is a non-government organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Since 2006, charity: water has provided water to over 14 million people in 29 countries.

9. Conservation International

For over 30 years, Conservation International has worked to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. Combining fieldwork with innovations in science, policy, and finance, it has helped protect more than 6 million square kilometers (2.3 million square miles) of land and sea across more than 70 countries.

10. EarthRights

EarthRights is a growing global team of community activists, campaigners, and legal strategists who challenge powerful institutions that violate peoples’ rights and destroy the planet for profit. The organization rises in defense of communities and the planet, using the power of law and the power of people in pursuit of justice.

11. Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies. It was launched in 2016 by international aid actors, along with public and private donors, to address the urgent needs of the 75 million children and youth whose education was disrupted by armed conflicts, disasters, and other crises.

12. Focus 2030

Focus 2030 provides quantitative and qualitative research to enable development partners to better identify key levers of support for international solidarity. These tools include the International Development Barometer, drawn from the Aid Attitudes Tracker and Development Engagement Lab polls undertaken twice a year with a large and representative sample of the French population.

13. Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation is headquartered in New York City at the Center for Social Justice — a hub for social good and the courageous people who devote their lives to achieving it. The foundation believes in the inherent dignity of all people. Across eight decades, Ford Foundation’s mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

14. Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia

Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia is a non-partisan, non-political, and independent foreign policy organization established to discuss and introduce international relations issues to relevant actors in Indonesia such as diplomats, ambassadors, government officials, academia, researchers, businesses, media, lecturers, think tanks, students and media.

15. Freedom House

Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties, through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action.

16. Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organization founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, by providing support through grants, capacity building, visibility, networking, and advocacy at the international, regional, and local levels.

17. Fund for Global Human Rights

The Fund for Global Human Rights equips grassroots activists with the financial and strategic support they need to improve lives, mobilize movements, and build a better future for their communities.

18. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance helps vaccinate almost half the world’s children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases. As part of its mission to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines, Gavi has helped vaccinate more than 888 million children in the world’s poorest countries, preventing more than 15 million future deaths. The Gavi COVAX AMC is the innovative financing instrument that will support the participation of 92 low- and middle-income economies in the COVAX Facility – enabling access to donor-funded doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

19. Gerando Falcões

Gerando Falcões is a social organization with projects focused on sports and culture for children and teenagers and vocational training for youth and adults, with an income-generation engine for families.

20. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

The Global Fund is designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics. As a partnership of governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector, and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund pools the world’s resources to strategically invest over US$4 billion a year in programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. Since 2002 the Global Fund has disbursed over US$50 billion in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria, making it one of the largest funders of global health. These smart investments in health have saved 44 million lives.

21. Global Health Advocates France

Global Health Advocates is a French NGO whose mission is to carry out political advocacy in France and with EU institutions to ensure policies and resources are effectively addressing health inequalities.

22. International Disability Alliance

The International Disability Alliance is an alliance of 14 global and regional organizations for people with disabilities. It advocates at the UN for a more inclusive global environment for everyone, leaving no one behind.

23. International Fund for Agricultural Development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development — the UN’s rural poverty agency — is the only multilateral development institution that focuses exclusively on transforming rural economies and food systems. It works in remote regions of developing countries and fragile situations, where few aid agencies or international financial institutions venture.

24. International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners. With 174 member states, a further eight states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

25. International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

26. International Service for Human Rights

The International Service for Human Rights supports and acts in solidarity with human rights defenders in their work for freedom, dignity, equality, justice, and other fundamental values at the international, regional, and national levels.

27. Legal Empowerment Fund

The Legal Empowerment Fund, established and operated by The Fund for Global Human Rights, offers long-term core funding to grassroots activists and organizations who are supporting their communities to tackle systemic injustices and advocate for expanded protections under the law.

28. LISC

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Local Initiatives Support Coalition has raised $2 billion in grants, loans, and equity to help communities of color recover, while building strength and resiliency. Through these efforts, and the Project 10X initiative, LISC commits to helping close the racial health, wealth, and opportunity gaps.

29. Namati

Namati is dedicated to advancing social and environmental justice by building a movement of people who know, use, and shape the law. With authoritarianism and nativism rising, Namati and many partners around the world are fighting to protect basic rights.

30. NPX

NPX is transforming how nonprofits are funded by explicitly linking capital with impact. The Global Citizen Impact Funds Powered by NPX is a series of transformational outcomes funds designed to accelerate progress toward achieving the UN Global Goals by linking funding with verified results.

31. One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund is a nonprofit social enterprise that supplies financing and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. They supply one million smallholder farmers with everything they need to grow more food and earn more money. One Acre Fund envisions a world where all farmers have big harvests, healthy families, and rich soil.

32. OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International is a 30-year-old nonprofit dedicated to eradicating the persecution, inequality, and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer people face around the world. From its offices in seven countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds the capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere.

33. Pandemic Action Network

Pandemic Action Network is a robust partnership of over 250 global multi-sector organizations aligned in a belief that every effort made in the fight against COVID-19 should leave a long-term legacy — one where humanity is better prepared to deal with outbreaks and prevent a deadly and costly pandemic from happening again.

34. People’s Vaccine Alliance

The People’s Vaccine Alliance is a coalition of over 100 organizations and networks, supported by Nobel laureates, health experts, economists, heads of states, faith leaders, and activists working together for a People’s Vaccine, available free of charge to everyone, everywhere. The alliance grew organically out of the open letter calling for a People’s Vaccine, organized in May 2020.

35. Peace Boat

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-government organization working to promote peace, human rights, and sustainability. Guided by the UN Global Goals, Peace Boat’s Global Voyages offer a unique program of activities centered on experiential learning and intercultural communication.

36. Re:Wild

Re:Wild protects and restores the diversity of life on earth through innovative collaborations among individuals, communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, scientists, and businesses to drive the most pressing nature-based solutions to the planet’s urgent crises.

37. Rotary International

For more than a century, Rotary International has bridged cultures and connected continents. It champions peace, fights illiteracy and poverty, helps people get access to clean water and sanitation, and fights disease. Its newest cause is to protect the planet and its resources.

38. Science Based Targets Initiative

The Science Based Targets initiative drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling organizations to set science-based emissions reduction targets. The SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

39. Social Gastronomy Movement

The Social Gastronomy Movement is a growing global network of people and organizations using the power of food to transform local realities and create social change. They are united by the concept of Social Gastronomy, which works to address social inequality, improve nutrition, and engage people to leverage their skills for social good.

40. UN Foundation

The UN Foundation is an independent charitable organization created to work closely with the UN to drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. Its hallmark is to collaborate for lasting change and innovate to address humanity’s greatest challenges.


UNFPA is the UN's sexual and reproductive health agency. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA is focused on achieving three transformative results by 2030, ambitions that promise to change the world for every woman, man, and young person: ending unmet need for family planning; ending preventable maternal death; and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

42. UN Joint SDG Fund

As the UNs flagship global fund, the Joint SDG Fund operates on a two-fold strategic mandate to supercharge the UN Development System to be fit for purpose, and, in turn, to catalyze systemic transitions at the country level in areas of integrated policy and financing to accelerate the UN Global Goals.

43. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

With its partners, OCHA contributes to principled and effective humanitarian response through coordination, advocacy, policy, information management, and humanitarian financing tools and services. OCHA’s country and regional offices are responsible for delivering the core functions in the field by leveraging functional expertise throughout the organization.

44. World Benchmarking Alliance

The World Benchmarking Alliance’s mission is to build a movement to measure and incentivize business impact toward a sustainable future that works for everyone. It envisions a society that values the success of business by what it contributes to the world.

45. World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net-zero, nature-positive, and more equitable future. It does this by engaging executives and sustainability leaders from business and elsewhere to share practical insights on the obstacles and opportunities currently faced in tackling the integrated climate, nature, and inequality sustainability challenge.

46. World Health Organization

The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the UN system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Its goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.

47. WHO Foundation

The World Health Organization plays a singular role in leading the global health ecosystem, producing technical guidelines and tools to prevent and treat disease, and acting as a country-level convener with an unparalleled level of trust. The crises of the 21st century, including COVID-19, have made clear both the inequity of access to effective and affordable health care and the indispensable role of WHO. Yet WHO lacks sufficient resources to fulfill its mandate. And, beyond funding, its vision cannot be achieved by the public sector alone.

The WHO Foundation was created as an independent Swiss foundation affiliated with but independent of WHO to marshal new resources from philanthropists, foundations, businesses, and individuals to support its mission: to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.

Global Citizen Festival is calling on world leaders, corporations, and philanthropists to do more than they’ve ever done before to End Extreme Poverty NOW. Through our global campaign and with stages in two iconic locations — NYC’s Central Park and Accra’s Black Star Square — we will unite leaders, artists, activists, and Global Citizens around the world on Sept. 24 to achieve an ambitious policy agenda focused on empowering girls and women, taking climate action, breaking systemic barriers, and lifting up activists and advocates. Wherever you are in the world, you can join the campaign and take action right now by downloading the Global Citizen app.


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Global Citizen Festival 2022: Meet Our Global Campaign Policy Partners

By Madeleine Keck