In less than a month, the Global Citizen Prize ceremony will be taking over London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall for a night of celebration in honor of some of the world’s leading activists.
Just like how the Grammys, the Academy Awards, and the BRITS exist to honor the world’s leading artists, so the Global Citizen Prize show recognizes the remarkable people driving social change in their communities and around the world.
The program will feature powerful, inspirational stories of people taking action to positively impact their communities, alongside performances from some of the world’s biggest stars.
The artists performing at the inaugural Global Citizen Prize ceremony include Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Sting, Stormzy, and special guests Chris Martin and H.E.R.
As well as the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, the Global Citizen Prize will also be broadcast around the world from Dec. 20.
“We’re thrilled to have this incredible lineup of artists joining us to recognize these exceptional leaders in the fight towards ending extreme poverty,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen.
He added: “The inaugural Global Citizen Prize award ceremony promises to be an inspiring evening as we end the year and start the decade of action and delivery for the United Nations Global Goals.”
The UN’s Global Goals work together to end extreme poverty by 2030 — meaning that we’re just weeks away from entering the 10-year countdown to achieving the mission.
Already, since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved — falling from 1.9 billion people to about 650 million in 2018. It’s all down to committed, inspiring individuals driving action across their communities, both locally and globally.
The categories for the Global Citizen Prize 2019 are World Leader, Artist, Business, Leader, Global Citizen of the Year, and the Cisco Youth Leadership Award.
Each of these awards will recognize an individual who is a leader in their community, achieving impact and inspiring others to join the fight to end extreme poverty by 2030.
The Cisco Youth Leadership Award will celebrate an individual aged 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully to the goal of ending extreme poverty — and will include a $250,000 prize paid to the organization through which they’re having impact. Click here to learn more about each of the five incredible finalists.
The Global Citizen Prize show will also air on Dec. 20, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC in the United States; and on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. GMT on Sky TV in the UK.
MSNBC will air the special on Dec. 22, at 10 p.m. ET, and it will re-air on Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. in the US. More broadcast markets will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information!
The Global Citizen Prize is the first major event of our 2020 campaign, Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream. In partnership with Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, we’re conducting a year-long campaign in 2020 to get the world back on track to achieve the UN Global Goals by 2030.
Working alongside, and in support of the UN, this campaign will call on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector to step forward, take responsibility for the Global Goals, and provide the $350 billion needed annually for people and the planet to achieve the Global Goals in the world’s poorest countries.
The 2020 campaign will culminate on Sept. 26, 2020, with a historic 10-hour global media event, showcasing simultaneous festivals in New York’s Central Park and Lagos, Nigeria — as well as satellite events in to-be-announced cities in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Proud partners of the Global Citizen Prize include Comcast NBCUniversal, MSNBC, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Citi, Live Nation, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Motsepe Foundation.