As if the Global Citizen Festival couldn’t get any better, world-renowned rapper, singer, dancer, and style icon, LISA, will join the artist line-up this year. Known for her dynamic performances and trendsetting style, LISA’s first-ever solo performance at a music festival will be a historic moment that will electrify the event. LISA, best known as a member of chart-topping girl group BLACKPINK, recently released her new single “Rockstar,” which has taken the world by storm with over 93 million views on YouTube in just 11 days. Her solo debut at the Global Citizen Festival promises to bring an exhilarating energy to New York City’s Central Park on Sept 28.

BLACKPINK has been a formidable force advocating for climate action and encouraging their supporters, called Blinks, to work on a collective goal of saving the Earth. In 2020, the group was appointed as advocates for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), delivering powerful messages to the world. In 2021, the group released a video sharing their learning journey about climate change as COP26 ambassadors. They called on world leaders to honor the 2015 Paris Agreement commitments and limit global warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. LISA’s individual efforts align seamlessly with these advocacy goals, further underscoring the festival’s inspiring mission.

The festival is not just about music; it’s about making a real global impact. LISA joins an impressive line-up of artists, including Post Malone, Doja Cat, Jelly Roll, and Rauw Alejandro, and it will be hosted by Global Citizen Ambassador, Hugh Jackman. Tickets are free and can be earned by taking action on the Global Citizen app or website, where you can contribute to initiatives aimed at Defeating Poverty, Defending the Planet, and Demanding Equity. 

“We are thrilled to join forces with LISA for what will be her first solo performance at a music festival,” said Katie Hill, SVP, Head of Music, Entertainment, and Artist Relations at Global Citizen. “LISA is not only an incredible performer, but also a powerful advocate, leveraging  her voice and platform to drive action on some of the most urgent challenges our world is facing. We look forward to welcoming LISA, and of course Lilies and Blinks, to Central Park in September! Join us by taking action on the Global Citizen app, and together, we can make a huge impact to end extreme poverty.”

As world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, this year’s festival will spotlight the needs of marginalized communities worldwide and advocate for equitable access to essential services such as health care, education, and nutritious food. Approximately 72 million children are out of school due to conflict and crisis. We urge governments, including those of Australia, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, and the US, to provide $250 million to bridge the $500 million funding gap for Education Cannot Wait, a global fund supporting education in crisis zones across 43 countries. 

Additionally, we call for increased contributions from the UK, Germany, the European Commission, Canada, the US, Australia, Sweden, and Norway to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. The goal is to raise $9 billion to immunize 500 million children against preventable diseases and save over 8 million lives. Organizations such as CGIAR, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), IFAD, and UNFPA will also receive our support. This year’s campaign emphasizes Defeating Poverty, Defending the Planet, and Demanding Equity worldwide, especially for activists and advocates working on extreme poverty and environmental protection.

The 2024 Global Citizen Festival is presented by Citi and Cisco, with major partners including Bridgewater Associates, Delta Air Lines, Motsepe Foundation, P&G, Verizon, and World Wide Technology. Production partners include Live Nation, with Done and Dusted and Diversified Production Services producing the event. Our exclusive US audio partner is iHeartMedia, and New York City Parks is our location partner.

The 2024 Global Citizen Festival campaign and its policy goals are supported by a global coalition of over 90 organizations including: Africa Forward by Catalyst 2030, African Climate Reality Project, African Renaissance Trust, Aspire Artemis Foundation, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Black Professionals in International Affairs, Blended Finance Taskforce, Bread for the World, Buyambo, Center for Global Alchemy and Cross-Cultural Leadership, Center for Music Ecosystems, CIVICUS, Climate and Health Foundation, Climate Action Platform - Africa, Climate Cardinals, Common Good Marketplace, Connected Development,, Don't Gas Africa, e^2=equitable energy, Education Cannot Wait - UN Global Fund for Education in Emergencies, Equitable Earth, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Farmer on Fire Ltd, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), FOCUS 2030, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Gender and Economy Research Center NPGE, Global Health Advocates, Global Leading Light Initiatives, Global Nation, Global Witness, Go Global Enterprises - Educate, Lead, Advocate, Hope for Her International, Hungry for Action, iDE (International Development Enterprises), IEC Global Impact Fund, International Labor Organization, Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI), Integrity Initiatives International, International Fund for Public Interest Media, Jacob’s Ladder Africa, Jara, Junior Achievement (JA) Africa, LEAP Africa, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, Malaria No More UK, Marafiki United Green Youths Initiative, mothers2mothers, Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF), OHCHR, ONE, OurCause, Outright International, OWIT Brussels, Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change, PA, Phakamani Young Minds Academy, Plastic Punch, Power Shift Africa, Power to Girls Foundation, Project Vote SA, Re:wild, Rotary International, SDG2 Advocacy Hub, Sharing Strategies, Shule Foundation, Inc, Stark NKD, Sungulo Comm NPC, Sustainability and Climate Show, Teen Aid International Organization, The Access Challenge, The Asian Network, The Erline Bradshaw Foundation, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Global Sunrise Project & 1.5 Degrees of Peace, The Green Protector, The Village Youth Fund, UNESCO Center for Peace, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, UNFPA, United Nations Joint Sustainable Development Goals Fund, United Young Farmers Forum, WA Bat Network, Walkers Reserve, Women At Risk International Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO), Yamba Malawi, and Young Climate Collaborative. 

Global Citizen is grateful for the support of leading media companies including: AIM Group, Altermark, Atmosphere TV, Bella Naija, Branded Cities, Captivate, Digital Mobile Media, EIB Network, Grocery TV, GSTV, iHeartMedia, Interstate Outdoor, OkayAfrica, MX Location, New Tradition, Orange Barrel Media, MX Location, OUTFRONT Media, Penske Media, Rolling Stone, Seen Media, Six Flags Theme Parks, TimesLIVE, TouchTunes, Trooh Media, Vanguard, Vox Media, and The Wall Street Journal, Zikoko.

Don’t miss this historic event. Take action, earn your ticket, and join a movement bringing the world closer to equity and justice.


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Global Superstar LISA Joins the 2024 Global Citizen Festival Line-up in NYC

By Mel Ndlovu