Demands Wealthiest Nations Deliver BY COP26 on Promise to Give $100 Billion Annually to Address Climate Needs of Developing Countries
Urges US Congress to Pass Most Ambitious Climate Protection Bill in American History Next Week
Asks G7 AND World's Billionaires to End the Hunger Crisis by Contributing $6 Billion for the Urgent Provision of Meals for 41 Million People on Brink of Starvation
Calls For The G7 and EU to Share Two Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Those Most in Need By Year’s End, Support Calls for an IP Waiver, and for Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna to Share mRNA Technology with Africa
Over 60M COVID-19 Vaccines, 157M Trees, and Over US$1.1B Committed to Climate, Famine, and COVID Response Efforts
Saturday, September 25, 2021
(New York, New York | September 25, 2021), International advocacy organization, Global Citizen kicked off a month-long countdown for the G20 to address the pandemic, hunger and climate challenges, ahead of the G20 and COP26 summits. The campaign saw 1.1 million actions and over 70 new announcements thanks to the efforts of many hard working and dedicated partners. The 24 hour global broadcast and streaming event saw announcements aimed at driving equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, urgent action on climate change, and addressing the growing hunger crisis.
The campaign calls on world leaders, businesses and philanthropists to urgently commit resources to meet the $15-20 billion funding shortfall of the US$100 billion promised annually to the most vulnerable countries confronting climate change; businesses to help curb emissions through joining the Race to Zero and pledging 1 billion additional trees by 2022 in support of the 1t.org ambition to conserve, restore and grow one trillion trees this decade; $6 billion to provide food to 41 million people facing famine; 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to be redistributed to low-income countries by the end of 2021; and for Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna to Share mRNA Technology with Africa. Throughout the campaign, more than US$1.1 billion, 157 million trees, and more 60 million COVID-19 vaccines were announced.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said:
“Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine. That’s the point – yet that’s not happening. While in this country (and many others) you can go almost anywhere and get vaccinated, billions around the world cannot. This year, the world is expected to produce enough doses to meet the target of vaccinating 70 percent of people in every single country. But it is wrong that so much of the vaccine supply has only gone to just 10 wealthy nations so far, and not everyone else.” - Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
“We have what we need to vaccinate the world. But the experts told us, here’s what’s getting in the way: They said many countries are ready to produce vaccines at home. Yet they aren’t allowed to, because ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies are not sharing the recipes to make them. These countries have the means, ability, and the workers to start manufacturing. All they are waiting for is the vaccine intellectual property to be transferred over.” - Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex
World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley said:
“SHAME on us. At the height of COVID, the billionaires’ average net worth increase per day was $5 Billion. And, yet, I am begging to feed the poor! SHAME on us... If we do not act today, millions will starve, nations will destabilize and millions will migrate by necessity. If we are struggling today with a population of over 7 billion, what do you expect will happen when there are over 10 billion people on earth by 2050. And, by 2050, due to climate change, we anticipate over 1 billion people to be displaced around the world! Wake up NY. Wake up planet earth.”
Alok Sharma, COP26 President-Designate told the audience:
“Quite rightly, future generations will hold us responsible. So join me, and with one loud and united global voice, call on the biggest greenhouse gas emitters, the G20 group of nations, to make much bolder commitments to cut emissions. Call on the richest countries to make good on their promise of money, to support developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change. And call on world leaders to deliver an outcome at Glasgow we can all be proud of.”
Commitments announced through the course of the Global Citizen Live campaign toward defending the planet include:
PRIVATE SECTOR RACE TO ZERO COMMITMENTS
Many of the world’s largest companies worked to develop verified science-based targets to reach net zero emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Organizations that officially signed on to the Race to Zero through the Global Citizen Live campaign, include:
Existing Race to Zero members also worked to encourage peers and partners to sign on to the Race to Zero ahead of COP26. Those organizations include Amazon, Bayer AG, Boston Consulting Group, Capgemini, Dentsu International, DocuSign, HP Inc., Intuit, Lendlease, P&G, RELX, Salesforce, Schneider Electric, Uber, Unilever, Walmart, and Zurich Insurance Group.
COMMITMENTS MADE TOWARD SAVING TREES WITH 1T.ORG
Commitments announced through the course of the Global Citizen Live campaign toward defeating poverty include:
PHILANTHROPIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR COMMITMENTS
Global Citizen Live was part of a once-in-a-generation day of unity across seven continents that will be broadcast over 24 hours around the world on Apple Music, Apple TV App, YouTube, and Twitter. Global Citizen Live will also air on ABC, ABC News Live, iHeartRadio, Hulu, The Roku Channel, FX and TIME in the United States, BBC in the United Kingdom, Caracol and Caracol International in Colombia, Channel 9 in Australia, MagentaTV and MagentaMusik 360 in Germany, Mediacorp in Singapore, Multichoice in Africa, Multishow & Bis in Brazil, S3 on SABC in South Africa, AIM Group in Nigeria, RTVE in Spain, Sky & TV8 in Italy, TF1/TMC in France and TV Azteca in México, VRT/Eén in Belgium, and Zee TV in India.
Events and performances from across the world included:
Global Citizen Live is supported by a corporate coalition, including Global Partners: Accenture, Cisco, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Google, Live Nation, P&G, Salesforce, Verizon, and campaign partners Hilton, WW International, and World Wide Technology who will engage support from the private sector in driving new commitments toward the campaign’s policy objectives. Access Bank is a Global Citizen Live campaign partner in Nigeria.
Campaign co-chairs include: Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi; James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; Lorraine Twohill, CMO of Google; Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation; Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G; Marc Benioff, Chair and CEO of Salesforce; Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon; and Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW International.
Executive Producers of the Global Citizen Live campaign include: Michele Anthony for UMG, Francine Katsoudas, Tina Kennedy, Eric Ortner, Guy Oseary, Michael Rapino for Live Nation, Brian N. Sheth, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby and Chris Stadler.
The program will be executive produced by Jane Y. Mun, with producing partners Deviants Media, Diversified Production Services, Done and Dusted Productions, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Live Nation, Livewire Pictures, TMPL Motion Pictures, and U-Live (a UMG Nigeria company).
Global Citizen is grateful for the support from incredible organizations advocating for impact, including: 1t.org, American Forests, The Asia Society, Ban Ki Moon Center, Center for Environmental Peacebuilding, Climate Neutral, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, Conservation International, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, Education Cannot Wait, Fundación Azteca, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, Global Solidarity Fund, Green Climate Fund, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Rescue Committee, LISC, Namati, Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), One Acre Fund, Outright Action International, Paris Peace Forum, The Pathfinders, Re:Wild, Rotary International, Seadream Family Foundation, Sheth Sangreal Foundation, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), Slum2School Africa, South African Education Project, The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, The Global Fund (to Fight TB, AIDS, Malaria), UNICEF, UNICEF Australia, UNITAID, UNFPA, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), World Food Programme, World Health Organization, World Health Organization Foundation.
Global Citizen Live has received in-kind support from leading media companies, including: Adomni, AIM Group, Bandsintown, BellaNaija, BOO! Media, Branded Cities, Brut Media, Captivate, Clear Channel Outdoor, Curb Media, Digital Mobile Media, Evergreen Trading, Forbes, GSTV, Hi! Street Digital, iHeartRadio, Interstate Outdoor, Jack Agency, JCDecaux Australia, JCDecaux Nigeria, Mass Media, Maxx Media, Monumental Concepts & Displays, Newscentral TV, Nigeria Info, Ocean Outdoor, Outfront Media, Penske Media, Seen Media, Six Flags Theme Parks, The New York Times, Vanguard Media, Wazobia FM, and Wazobia Max TV.
For more information about Global Citizen Live, visit www.globalcitizen.org, and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and YouTube.
Global Citizen is the world's largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly advocates, our voices have the power to drive lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity. We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards with tickets to concerts, events, and experiences all over the world. For more information, visit GlobalCitizen.org.
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