Global Citizen and the European Commission on Monday announced Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert, with the aim of ensuring that no one is left behind in the global fight to tackle COVID-19.
The concert, which will premiere on Saturday, June 27, is a globally televised and digitally streamed special that will highlight the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities — including people of color, those living in extreme poverty, and other communities facing discrimination.
Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, the concert will feature performances from Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Quavo, J Balvin, Chloe x Halle, Yemi Alade, Christine and the Queens, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Original Broadway Cast of HAMILTON with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, J’Nai Bridges with Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), and the For Love Choir.
There will also be appearances from Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, David Beckham, Salma Hayek Pinault, Billy Porter, Diane Kruger, Antoni Porowski, Ken Jeong, Naomi Campbell, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Olivia Colman.
“Global Citizens around the world are calling for systemic change, change that brings about justice for everyone, everywhere, regardless of where they were born or the color of their skin,” said Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen.
“If we are to end COVID-19 for all, we need our world leaders to commit the billions of dollars needed to equitably deliver testing, treatments, and vaccines,” he continued.
Evans added that the Global Goal: Unite concert will “bring the centuries-old concept of music as a motivator for change and unity, together with science and data, to honor the problem solvers — including doctors, scientists, lab workers, essential workers, and human rights advocates — who are racing to not only create the cure for COVID-19, but also to ensure that it’s available for everyone who needs it.”
Host Dwayne Johnson said: “I'm proud to join Global Citizen and the European Commission to host the 'Global Goal: Unite for Our Future' concert. The event aims to lift up the global community that is tackling equitable access to health care, and other enormous injustices facing our world. This critical moment in history requires all of us — so let’s join together to chart a better future, for everyone.”
The concert will premiere on June 27, airing on broadcasters around the world including ARD, Canal+ Group, RTVE in Europe; Bell Media, CBC, Citytv, and Global TV in Canada; NBC and iHeartMedia in the US; Grupo Globo in Brazil; MultiChoice Group and SABC in Africa; Fuji TV and Star India in Asia; and Channel Nine in Australia.
It will also be streamed on global platforms including Apple, Brut, Roku, Insight TV, TIDAL, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo!, and YouTube. Additional broadcasters include BARÇA TV, Bloomberg Television, Fundación Azteca, Mediacorp, MSNBC, MTV International, SiriusXM, Sony Channel Latin America, and Turner Latin America. You can find out how to tune in wherever you are in the world, here.
𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓: COVID-19 hits marginalised communities hardest.— Global Citizen UK (@GlblCtznUK) June 22, 2020
This event — part of our #GlobalGoalUnite for Our Future campaign — calls on leaders to ensure everyone has equal access to COVID-19 testing, treatments, and vaccines ✊
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The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign launched last month under the patronage of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
“Artists have the power to inspire change,” said von der Leyen. “They use their talents to serve great causes.”
She added that, on June 27, “artists, scientists, and world leaders will speak with one voice, in a true and rare moment of global unity. They will commit to helping the world end coronavirus, while leaving no one behind.”
“The European Union is fully committed to ensuring fair access to an affordable vaccine, as soon as possible, for everyone that needs it,” she continued. “United, I know we can make the world a safer place.”
The Global Goal: Unite campaign, which is also supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust, focuses on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable people, and seeks to build back communities and economies with freedom and justice for all.
The organizations supported by the campaign include those at the forefront of developing tests, treatments, and vaccines, as well as those that will ensure the equitable delivery of these tools to everyone who needs them.
These groups include the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI); the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND); Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Therapeutics Accelerator; UNITAID; the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Respond Fund, powered by the UN Foundation; and the International and Regional Response Network, supported by Global Citizen.
It’s time to fight for the world we need.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 22, 2020
I’m hosting @Glblctzn’s GLOBAL GOAL UNITE FOR OUR FUTURE. A concert premiering on JUNE 27th that will shine a light on the work we can do to create a healthier future for everyone, everywhere. https://t.co/pE7Oa7F1dq#GlobalGoalUnitepic.twitter.com/g27dWiRRn7
On June 27, we’ll be part of the #GlobalGoalUnite Concert to combat the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of colour by calling on world leaders to make testing, treatments & vaccines available to everyone, everywhere. https://t.co/eNJqcJSVZ7#Equalitypic.twitter.com/SNHArUwd2w— Coldplay🌙☀️ (@coldplay) June 22, 2020
You can join the campaign by taking action here to call on government leaders, corporate leaders, and philanthropists to make commitments toward the fair distribution of COVID-19 tools and treatments.
“This moment requires all of us to act,” said Miley Cyrus. “Because of this global effort, we will be more able to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, regardless of their income or where they live.”
Shakira added: “We need health equity and global justice, and we know that only by uniting to fight for the world we want can we build back toward a healthier future for all.”
Global Goal: Unite for Our Future aims to strengthen health care systems globally so no one is left behind in this pandemic.
The Concert will follow Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Summit, a global pledging moment to be held earlier in the day on Saturday.
The summit will give world leaders, corporations, and philanthropists a platform to announce new commitments to help develop equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, as well as rebuild communities devastated by the pandemic.
Global Citizens around the world are taking action to call on world leaders to end COVID-19 for all, by committing the billions of dollars needed to deliver testing, treatments, and vaccines to everyone, everywhere.
On June 27, Shak is joining @glblctzn & @EU_Commission for the #GlobalGoalUnite Concert, an event bringing together scientists, philanthropists, artists, comedians and more to fight for equal access to COVID-19 healthcare: https://t.co/Fml7Oz3Qzp ShakHQ pic.twitter.com/xz4RQ9SixN— Shakira (@shakira) June 22, 2020
It’s time to fight for the world we want. So I’m joining #GlobalGoalUnite for Our Future, a concert hosted by @Glblctzn, premiering on June 27, that will shine a light on what we can do to create a healthier future… https://t.co/omnUijhvBW— Nikolaj CosterWaldau (@nikolajcw) June 22, 2020
As well as the announcements of new commitments, the summit — which will be streamed widely on social media platforms and can also be accessed on our Global Goal: Unite campaign page — will feature panel discussions and interviews with experts and thought-leaders, moderated by journalists Katie Couric, Mallika Kapur, Morgan Radford, Isha Sesay, and Keir Simmons.
The summit will spotlight scientific reports on progress being made for therapeutics, as well as vaccine development and distribution.
Global leaders and leading artists and advocates, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Miley Cyrus, Angelique Kidjo and Ken Jeong, will join the conversation. Experts and thought-leaders including Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Melinda Gates, Dr. Vin Gupta, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Eddie Ndopu, Abiola Oke, Kate Upton, and Justin Verlander, will also participate.
Meanwhile, companies including Citi, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Verizon, and Vodafone have also joined the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign. These companies are making new financial pledges to help further the campaign’s mission — including support for the development and equitable distribution of tests, treatments, and vaccines.
Corporate support will also help the aid groups globally working to strengthen health systems and health care access for all; the organizations focused on mitigating the pandemic’s impact on intersectional inequalities faced around the world; and nonprofits committed to fighting the racial injustices that have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID-19. A number of these commitments will be announced during both the summit and the concert on June 27.
You can join the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign by taking action here to help ensure everyone, everywhere can access the tools that are vital to putting an end to COVID-19, and mitigate its impacts on the world's most vulnerable people.
You can find out more about COVID-19, what's needed to tackle it, and how it's impacting the lives of people around the world, through our COVID-19 coverage here.