As a Global Citizen, you’re changing lives every day. When you take action, you're standing up for millions of people around the world who still don't have access to the most basic needs, like food, education, civil rights, and more.

At Global Citizen, we’re campaigning to end extreme poverty by making sure that commitments made on the Global Citizen stage during our festivals are delivered to organizations on the front lines, ensuring protection, equality, and equity for the world’s most vulnerable communities. And the Global Citizen Impact team is following up — holding commitment-makers accountable and checking in with beneficiaries — every day.

In addition to our regularly published impact stories, starting this month we'll be bringing you a monthly recap of the latest impact updates provided by our global partners, who are busy making the world a better place.

July 2022

‘Girls Not Brides’ Expands Protections to Latin America and the Caribbean

Global Citizen launched the #SheIsEqual campaign in 2018, at an event Global Citizen co-hosted alongside the European Development Days held in Brussels. The country of Luxembourg pledged $400,000 to the organization Girls Not Brides, a global coalition of civil society organizations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to reach their full potential.

This month, Global Citizen can report that this pledge from Luxembourg has helped Girls Not Brides to expand its membership in Latin America and the Caribbean. This initiative is also helping protect children's rights around the world, including within the country of Tanzania, to end child marriage and female genital mutilation. The organization also launched the Child Marriage Research to Action Network (CRANK) with the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Program to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage, to help communicate global evidence on the issues and international strategies via shared learning.

Criminal Justice Reform Sees Progress Across the United States

The software company SAP completed its $2.1 million commitment to equity and racial justice initiatives, pledged during Global Citizen’s 2020 broadcast event Global Goal: Unite for Our Future. This supported a range of partners, including Acumen, Pyxera, Jobs for the Future, and the Equal Justice Initiative.

The Equal Justice Initiative was able to continue its work across the US to advance efforts to reform the criminal justice system, end the abusive punishment of children in confinement, advocate for reforms in sentencing practices and conditions of confinement, and bring awareness to the need to confront the legacy of racial injustice.

These partnerships also supported initiatives such as the Skill Immersion Lab, the Acumen Emergency Fund responding to COVID-19 around the world, and the Pro Bono for Economic Equity program, which supports Black-owned businesses with actionable pro bono consulting and prepares SAP’s employees to be diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) ambassadors and inclusive leaders.

New Funding for Agricultural Innovation to Fight Poverty

Announced at Global Citizen Live in 2021, the Netherlands is renewing its investment in CGIAR, the world’s largest global agricultural innovation network dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.
The Netherlands has already disbursed $20.5 million this year, with further contributions planned. Belgium and the European Commission also made commitments to CGIAR during the event, and are in the process of disbursing their funds. Spain also disbursed 5 million euros to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) — a multilateral financing platform dedicated to improving food and nutrition security in the world’s poorest countries.

Global Citizens Take Action to Protect Small Atlantic Island

Ascension Island is the second most populated green turtle breeding ground in the Atlantic Ocean, but overfishing, climate change, and ocean pollution are just some of the factors threatening the endangered green sea turtle along its journey to this remote sanctuary.

This World Oceans Day, on June 8, Global Citizen celebrated the success of a UK and Blue Marine Foundation 2016 commitment to support the Great British Oceans Coalition’s campaign to help preserve Ascension Island's waters and 6.8 million square kilometers of territorial waters.

Blue Marine and the Great British Oceans Coalition worked with the Ascension Island Government and the UK Government to secure the second largest no-take marine protected area (where the destruction of natural resources is completely prohibited) in the Atlantic. This pledge is now helping to make Ascension Island a haven for the green sea turtle and other rare and precious sea life.

Sanitation and Health Care for Millions of Students Across India

Yuva Unstoppable is a non-profit organization in India that leveraged corporate funding to commit on the Global Citizen Festival stage that it would reach 400,000 more students with improved hygiene and sanitation facilities in schools across the country. Since then, Yuva Unstoppable has also adapted to COVID-19 to support students through initiatives that support health, nutrition, and vaccination campaigns.

Mexico Continues to Work to Eradicate Gender-Based Violence

At Global Citizen Festival 2019 in New York City, artist and activist Becky G joined Mexican Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Martha Delgado Peralta to announce the country’s new feminist foreign policy program linked to Global Citizen’s #SheIsEqual campaign. While the government acknowledges the challenges Mexico faces regarding gender equality, progress on this commitment is underway in the three years since the festival.

In 2021, Mexico co-hosted the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City to urgently call for action and accountability on gender equality, spotlighting the power of women's rights activism, feminist solidarity, and youth leadership to achieve transformative change.

Mexico also campaigned and was present at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow in 2021, calling for action on climate change, women’s rights, and more.

Mexico is also facilitating the elaboration of a Gender Action Plan in the current negotiations of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs fostered the signature of two agreements to eradicate gender-based violence.

The second of these was signed, in May 2021, between the 10 Consulates of Mexico in California and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls of California, which will help strengthen the consular services to eradicate gender-based violence.

We continue to hold world leaders accountable for the pledges made by millions of Global Citizens worldwide. But in order to end extreme poverty NOW, more needs to be done to achieve the United Nations Global Goals. Every action counts, and by signing up on our website or by downloading the Global Citizen app, you can join us and millions of others to speak up for the most vulnerable people around the world — now.


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