You might have been in Paris or Sydney, New York or Lagos when you scrolled past the news that Global Citizen Live is coming on Sept. 25, 2021. 

Then you saw that your favorite artist — Billie Eilish or Lorde or BTS — would be performing as part of the 24-hour live broadcast,  which will see events and performances filmed across seven continents. And then you found out that Global Citizen Live is also uniting the world in the mission to defend the planet and defeat poverty.

It almost seemed too good to be true. But you didn’t dream it up; it’s happening! Here’s a brief guide with everything you need to know about Global Citizen Live.

What is Global Citizen Live?

Global Citizen Live is a 24-hour live broadcast with events and performances happening around the world beginning Sept. 25. The global broadcast will feature dozens of artists, activists, corporate leaders, philanthropists, and world leaders all uniting to defend the planet and defeat poverty, in support of Global Citizen’s year-long Recovery Plan for the World campaign, which is working to kickstart an equitable global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Recovery Plan focuses on five key objectives: ending COVID-19 for all, ending the hunger crisis, resuming learning for all, protecting the planet, and advancing equity for all.

As of now, we've announced the lineup of artists and how Global Citizens can take action to earn tickets to Global Citizen Live events in New York CityParis, and Los Angeles. We've also announced the lineups for Global Citizen Live events in Lagos, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and London and how Global Citizens can get involved to support the campaign. 

We've got even more locations and artists yet to be announced — so stay tuned and follow us on social media @GlblCtzn for all the latest news.

Who’s performing? 

Artists from around the world are coming together for Global Citizen Live for a truly global experience. 

Artists and advocates donating their time and talent to the global broadcast special include: Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara, Alok, Andrea Bocelli, Angélique Kidjo, Billie Eilish, Black Eyed Peas, BTS, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Christine and the Queens, Criolo, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Davido, Deborra-Lee Furness, Delta Goodrem, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Fatma Said, Femi Kuti, Green Day, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Batiste, Keith Urban, Kylie Minogue, Lang Lang, Liniker, Lizzo, Lorde, Made Kuti, Måneskin, Mart’nália, Meek Mill, Metallica, Mosquito, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Rag’n’Bone Man, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Stormzy, The Lumineers, The Weeknd, Tiwa Savage, Tropkillaz, Usher, and more.  

Here's who's performing where: 

  • New York City: Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, and Shawn Mendes, with special guest performances by Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste, and Lang Lang. 
  • Lagos: Femi Kuti, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Made Kuti.
  • Paris: Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Doja Cat, Black Eyed Peas, Stormzy, and Christine and the Queens, with special guest performances by Angélique Kidjo, Charlie Puth, and Fatma Said. 
  • Rio de Janeiro: Alok, Mart’nália, Criolo, and Liniker, with special guests Tropkillaz and Mosquito, in partnership with Rock in Rio.
  • Los Angeles: Stevie Wonder, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., ONEREPUBLIC, Ozuna, The Lumineers, and 5 Seconds of Summer. 
  • London: Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag'n'Bone Man.
  • Sydney: Delta Goodrem.
  • Mumbai: Hosted by Anil Kapoor, with Sadhguru, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Arjun Kapoor, Ananya Panday, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Janhvi Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Riteish Deshmukh, Sara Ali Khan, and Sonakshi Sinhawith, in partnership with Wizcraft.

There will also be additional broadcast performances from across the world including: Andrea Bocelli from Tuscany, BTS from Seoul, Green Day from Los Angeles, Keith Urban, Ricky Martin from various locations in Las Vegas, Lorde and My Morning Jacket from various locations in New York City, Metallica from Louisville, Sho Madjozi and Muzi from Johannesburg, and, in partnership with Sony Music Latin, Camilo from Madrid and Lali from Buenos Aires. From the Amazon Rainforest, the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil represented by Mapu of the Huni Kuin, Aldeia Mutum of the Yawanawas, and Owera (Kunumi MC) of the Guaranis join Alok in premiering a unique collaboration project.

We have more announcements to come, so keep an eye out on our social channels @GlblCtzn to be among the first to know.

What countries and cities is Global Citizen Live coming to?

Global Citizen Live will see events and performances from all over the world. Cities include Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Seoul, and Sydney. And we’ve got even more locations yet to be announced, so watch this space!

What’s Global Citizen Live hoping to achieve? What are you campaigning for? 

Global Citizen Live is part of Global Citizen’s overarching Recovery Plan for the World, a year-long campaign to help end COVID-19 by calling on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector for financial commitments to kickstart an equitable global recovery. 

Ahead of October’s G20 Summit, and the major climate conference COP26 in November, the Global Citizen Live campaign will call on world leaders, major corporations, and foundations to prioritize:

  • Sharing at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines with those most in need by September, and for the G7 and EU to support the proposal by South Africa and India to waive IP around the production of COVID-19 vaccines and other medical tools — backed by over 100 countries. 
  • Reverting the hunger crisis by contributing at least $6 billion for the urgent provision of millions of meals for the 41 million people on the brink of starvation. 
  • Combating catastrophic climate change by securing commitments from the world's largest companies to develop verified science-based targets to reach net zero emissions, and pledge to conserve, restore, and grow at least 1 billion additional trees by 2022 towards the Trillion Trees initiative. Also for the wealthiest nations to deliver on their promise to give $100 billion annually to address the climate needs of developing countries. 

Who is supporting Global Citizen Live?

Global Citizen is grateful for the support from incredible organizations advocating for impact, including:, American Forests, The Asia Society, Ban Ki Moon Center, Center for Environmental Peacebuilding, Climate Neutral, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, Conservation International, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, Education Cannot Wait, Fundación Azteca, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, Global Solidarity Fund, Green Climate Fund, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Rescue Committee, LISC, Namati, Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), One Acre Fund, Outright Action International, Paris Peace Forum, The Pathfinders, Re:Wild, Rotary International, Seadream Family Foundation, Sheth Sangreal Foundation, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), Slum2School Africa, South African Education Project, The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, The Global Fund (to Fight TB, AIDS, Malaria), UNICEF, UNICEF Australia, UNITAID, UNFPA, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), World Food Programme, World Health Organization, and World Health Organization Foundation.

The Global Citizen Live campaign is supported by more than 35 governments and world leaders, including: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen; Prime Minister of Italy and G20 Chair Mario Draghi; President of France Emmanuel Macron; President of Chile Sebastián Piñera; President of Argentina Alberto Fernández; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg; Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković; Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez; Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo; Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven; Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama; Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne; Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados; Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama; Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa; Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico, Martha Delgado Peralta, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; as well as United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed; Dr. Tedros Executive Director of the World Health Organization; UK COP President Designate Alok Sharma; US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon; Peter Sands Executive Director of Global Fund; Monique Vledder, Head of Secretariat, Global Financing Facility; Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development; David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme; Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait; M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; and United Nations SDG Advocate Eddie Ndopu. 

Global Citizen’s campaign is also supported by Barbados, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Ireland, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The campaign is also supported by a bipartisan Honorary Congressional Committee chaired by Former Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) and consisting of Senate Appropriations Chair Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD); Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Representative Young Kim (R-CA).

How can I join in and support the Global Citizen Live campaign?

You can join by downloading the Global Citizen app or visiting our website and registering to be a Global Citizen. Once you join Global Citizen, you can then start taking actions with us, such as signing petitions, sharing messages on social media, writing letters and emails to political representatives, and more. 

We’ve got loads of actions on our app and website that you can take right now to help support Global Citizen Live in defending the planet and defeating poverty. With every action you take, you’ll earn points that you can redeem for Rewards, such as digital content and experiences, beauty products, merchandise, tickets for events and experiences including Global Citizen Live events, and more. 

There are many other ways to get involved with Global Citizen too. First, sign up to get our email updates and complete your user profile. Be sure to follow us on social media @GlblCtzn (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube) to see our latest updates. And download the Global Citizen app to start taking action with us. 

Don’t forget to join our All-Access Facebook group, where you can learn the latest news about Global Citizen, join our Global Citizen Book Club, and interact with other Global Citizens like you. 

If you’re located in the US or Canada, text us at (917) 540-5575 to join our Community and be the first to find out about new campaigns, rewards, contests, and more.

How can I come to an event? 

Global Citizens can earn tickets to Global Citizen Live events in New York City, Paris, and Los Angeles, by taking action on the Global Citizen app or website to help end extreme poverty. By taking action on our app or website, Global Citizens earn points that can then be put towards entering ticket draws. 

You can find out further ticket- and event-related information about Global Citizen Live in New York here, in Paris here, and Los Angeles here

Keep an eye on your inbox, turn your push notifications for our app, and follow our social media accounts (@GlblCtzn) for all of the latest news and updates.

How are you making sure your events are safe and COVID-19 friendly?

We are working closely with the World Health Organization, Africa CDC, the United States CDC, and local state and city authorities to ensure all Global Citizen Live events comply with the latest local COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. 

We are monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 Delta variant and will update our health and safety plans per these organizations' guidance. We will notify attendees of any changes as they occur.

For the latest information, find our health and safety guidelines here.

Will I be able to watch it on TV and online too? 

Global Citizen Live will be broadcast over 24 hours around the world on Apple Music, Apple TV App, YouTube, and Twitter. It will also air on ABC, ABC News Live, iHeartRadio, Hulu, The Roku Channel, FX, and TIME in the US; BBC in the UK; Caracol in Colombia; Channel 9 in Australia; MagentaTV and MagentaMusik 360 in Germany; Mediacorp in Singapore; Multichoice across Africa; Multishow and Bis in Brazil, S3 on SABC in South Africa; AIM Group in Nigeria; Sky & TV8 in Italy; TF1/TMC in France; TV Azteca in Mexico, and even more to come. 

Head here to find all the ways Global Citizens can tune in from around the world. 

How does Global Citizen’s model work to actually drive change? 

So glad you asked! You can read here all about our model and how it works to defend the planet and defeat poverty — including what action-taking is and why it’s so important, how we work behind the scenes with governments and corporations around the world to announce commitments, and how we follow up to make sure commitments are delivered. 

You can join the Global Citizen Live campaign to defeat poverty and defend the planet by taking action here, and become part of a movement powered by citizens around the world who are taking action together with governments, corporations, and philanthropists to make change.

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