You might have been in Paris or Seoul, 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 The Weeknd — would be performing as part of the 24 hour live broadcast,  which will see events and performances filmed across six continents. And then you found out that Global Citizen Live is also uniting the world in the mission to defeat poverty and defend the planet.

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 a 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. We’ll be releasing information soon on how you can get tickets — 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 entertainers participating in the global broadcast special include: Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara, Andrea Bocelli, Angélique Kidjo, Billie Eilish, BTS, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay, Davido, Demi Lovato, DJ Snake, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Femi Kuti, Green Day, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness, Keith Urban, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Lorde, Metallica, Rag'n'Bone Man, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, The Lumineers, The Weeknd, Tiwa Savage, Usher and more to be announced.  

We’ll be announcing which artists are performing in which city in August, 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, Seoul, Los Angeles, 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 defend the planet and defeat poverty by:

  • Donating at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to those most in need by September. 
  • Reverting the hunger crisis affecting 41 million people on the brink of famine by contributing at least $6 billion to famine relief efforts and the urgent provision of millions of meals.
  • Resuming education by getting 4.5 million kids most in need back to learning by contributing $400 million towards education.
  • Combating climate change by getting the world’s largest companies to join the Race to Zero this year, contribute to saving and restoring billions of trees, commit to becoming carbon neutral, and developing verified science-based targets to reach net zero emissions, in line with the Paris Agreement.
  • Driving an equitable recovery for all through mobilizing $250 million to support COVID-19 response efforts, focused on people-centered justice, gender equality, racial equity, LGBTQI+ rights, and disabled persons.

Who is supporting Global Citizen Live?

The Global Citizen Live campaign is supported by over 30 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 Fiji Frank Bainimarama, Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as United Nation Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, UK COP President Designate Alok Sharma, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

The following governments are also supporting Global Citizen’s year long Recovery Plan for the World campaign: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Singapore, South Africa, and the Grenadines, 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 register 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 defeating poverty and defending the planet. 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, 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? 

We’re so excited you want to attend Global Citizen Live, and we’ll be releasing information in August about how you can get tickets — so keep an eye out on our social media channels @GlblCtzn to get the latest updates.

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

Event-specific details regarding COVID-19 will be announced in the weeks ahead, in accordance with local health and safety restrictions.

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

Global Citizen Live will air on ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, Fx, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube, Twitter, and more yet to be announced — so stay tuned for more details.. 

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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