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Global Citizens listen for Big Sean's performance during the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Sept. 23, 2017.
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How Global Citizen Is Working With the Co-op, House of Mandela, and More to End Extreme Poverty

The leaders of all 53 nations of the Commonwealth are in London this week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. 

They’ll be finding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues — and it’s a huge opportunity to drive forward the global fight to end extreme poverty. 

Global Citizen is ready to mark the occasion tonight, taking over O2 Academy Brixton for a big night of entertainment-fuelled activism. Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy, Gabrielle Aplin, and lots more will all be appearing on our stage — alongside heads of state, ministers, activists, and campaigners. 

And if you didn't manage to get a ticket, you can livestream the whole show here — to watch it from the comfort of your own sofa. 

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Global Citizen campaigns to achieve the UN’s Global Goals to end extreme poverty. In the run-up to the Commonwealth Summit in London, we’ve been calling on governments to take action on gender equality, nutrition, education, health, and preventable diseases. But we aren't in this alone.

We've joined forces with these seven organisations, working together to help make the world a better place for everyone. 


Poor vision is the largest unmet disability in the world today — affecting a third of the world’s population. Yet in developing countries, 90% of the populations are living without access to eye care. 

Being able to see clearly would transform billions of lives — helping people to get an education, secure work, and be able to provide for their families. 

Read more: How Rwanda Became the First Low-Income Country to Provide Eye Care for All — in Just 5 Years

For many, a solution is as simple as having access to a pair of glasses.

Clearly is an international organisation that works to help countries achieve universal basic eye care, to ensure that everyone can have the opportunity to see clearly. 

Ahead of the Commonwealth Summit, Clearly and Global Citizen have been calling on British prime minister Theresa May to lead the way in ensuring poor vision is finally recognised by Commonwealth leaders. 

The Co-op

An estimated 45 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery — from forced labour and child slavery, to women and girls forced into prostitution or marriage. 

And it’s happening in the UK too. In 2017, over 5,000 potential victims of modern slavery were recorded in this country — up 35% from 2016. 

But our laws are shockingly ill equipped to deal with the problem. Right now, victims of modern slavery get just 45 days of support in England and Wales, leaving them at risk of becoming homeless, and vulnerable to being re-trafficked. 

The Co-op and Global Citizen will be launching a campaign at Global Citizen Live calling on MPs to ensure that victims are given the support they need, to keep them safe and help them get their lives back on track. 

Tune in tonight to watch our livestream and find out more about how you can get involved.

Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect over 1 billion of the world’s poorest and neglected populations. That’s one in seven of the global population. 

NTDs are devastating, causing disability and death. They keep children out of school and parents out of work, with social stigma shutting sufferers out from community life. They also have a disproportionate impact on women and girls — who catch NTDs more and suffer the physical effects more. 

A united global effort against NTDs is critical if we’re to achieve universal health coverage and the UN’s Global Goals. 

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Summit, Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases and Global Citizen have been working together against neglected tropical diseases, calling on governments to act to prevent these treatable diseases. 

Read more: These 7 Countries Eliminated a Neglected Tropical Disease in 2017 — and More Will Follow in 2018

Johnson & Johnson

Global Citizen and Johnson & Johnson are partners in the effort to create a world where a healthy mind, body, and environment is possible for everyone. 

Johnson & Johnson applies science to combat infectious disease, to advance maternal and child health, to provide access to essential surgery, and support the training of health workers.

Global Citizen has joined with Johnson & Johnson to call on the UK to honour its commitment, made last year, to protect 200 million people from NTDs. 


Global bank Citi works to address societal challenges, through supporting job creation, improving access to affordable housing, and protecting the environment through sustainable growth. 

This is Citi’s sixth year of supporting Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty, and of responsibly providing financial services to drive growth and economic progress. 

Read more: 9 Artists Performing at Global Citizen Live in London

Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation is helping set the stage to make the world a better place for everyone, by empowering its employees, artists, and fans to become global citizens. 

At Global Citizen, we believe the arts and entertainment are a great way of inspiring young people to become activists, and we work with Live Nation on improving education for girls and women, healthcare, education, sustainable financing, ending hunger, providing clean water to all, and taking care of the environment.

House of Mandela

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest activists of all time. And throughout this year House of Mandela and Global Citizen will be working together to carry on his work of ending extreme poverty. 

In 2005, in London’s Trafalgar Square, Mandela made his iconic, final public appearance, calling on us to “be the generation” to end poverty. 

Read more: 9 Inspirational Quotes From Nelson Mandela's Iconic London Speech

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural,” he told the crowd. “It is manmade. And it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings.” 

Global Citizen and House of Mandela are calling on world leaders to take that action, and to honour the memory of this great man by eradicating extreme poverty once and for all.