Global Citizen Press

2022 Archive

Global Citizen is an international advocacy organization on a mission to end extreme poverty NOW. Powered by a worldwide community of everyday activists raising their voices and taking action, the movement is amplified by campaigns and events that convene leaders in music, entertainment, public policy, media, philanthropy and the corporate sector. Over the past 10 years, $41 billion in commitments announced on Global Citizen platforms has been deployed, impacting more than 1.15 billion lives. Established in Australia in 2008, Global Citizen’s team operates from New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne, Toronto, Johannesburg, Lagos and beyond. Join the movement at, download the Global Citizen app, and follow Global Citizen on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter.

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2022 Press Releases

Applications Open For 2023 Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Global Citizen Seeks Young Innovators Taking Exceptional Action to End Extreme Poverty

Statement from Global Citizen re: the Final Outcomes of COP27

Sunday, November 20, 2022

COP27 will be remembered for its progress on loss and damage, culminating in a deal for new financial arrangements, including the creation of a new fund. It’s essential the work must now start in earnest, especially to mobilize the new and additional funds needed. It’s clear issues still need to be resolved on which countries should contribute to the fund, and which countries will be eligible to receive. The fight to secure Climate Justice is far from over.

Statement from Global Citizen re: the Outcomes of the G20 Summit in Bali

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The world’s most powerful countries have not delivered or met their responsibilities at the G20 summit in Bali. Instead of driving progress on climate, leaders have barely made any changes to last year’s communiqué. Old commitments like ending inefficient fossil fuel subsidies or providing $100B in support to developing countries remain unmet, without any deadlines. While the G20 recognize the macroeconomic effects of the climate crisis and the need to urgently scale ambition, they don’t draw the consequences for their own actions, despite representing the biggest emitters and the richest nations in the world. Now the responsibility is with the COP to show the collective leadership we needed to see from the G20.

Press Statement re: outcomes of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The uptick in reported cases of wild polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mozambique this year and reported cases in the US and the UK have served as a stark reminder that as long as polio remains a threat anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere. So Global Citizen applauds the $2.6 billion worth of pledges from public and private donors towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's $4.8 billion goal announced today.

2022 Global Citizen Festival Campaign Culminates in $2.4 Billion to End Extreme Poverty

Saturday, September 24, 2022





A Thousand Empty Plates Outside the U.N. Represent 50 Million Facing Starvation
Global Citizen Leads a Powerful Call To World Leaders To End The Hunger Crisis Now

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Today, international advocacy organization Global Citizen has laid out 1000 empty plates opposite the United Nations headquarters in New York to draw urgent attention to the global food crisis, and call on world leaders to deliver the $33 billion needed to mitigate the emergency. 50 million people are on the brink of starvation in 45 countries, and over 800 million people are facing extreme hunger globally.

Danai Gurira to Host Global Citizen Festival: Accra on September 24

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Danai Gurira to host Global Citizen Festival: Accra on September 24 

Uncle Waffles joins lineup for Global Citizen Festival: Accra alongside presenters including Berla Mundi, Joselyn Dumas, Michaela Coel, Nomzamo Mbatha and Sabrina Dhowre Elba 

Amber Ruffin, Antoni Porowski, Bill Nye, Chris Redd, Connie Britton, Jay Shetty, Katie Couric, Katie Holmes, Misty Copeland, Rachel Brosnahan, Scott Evans, Tamron Hall and Van Jones to join as presenters at Global Citizen Festival: NYC with additional performances by Angélique Kidjo and Billy Porter

2022 Global Citizen Festival campaigns for urgent financial relief, climate finance, funding for Africa’s farmers and investment into the future of girls everywhere

Global Citizen Announces Expansion of Global and European Board

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Leaders in international policy, technology, finance and marketing join Global Citizen’s Global Board, including Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Judy A. Smith, Former Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Kristin Lemkau, CEO, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management, Nir Bar Dea, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater, and Diego Scotti, EVP & CMO, Verizon

Global Citizen welcomes new members to its Europe Board of Directors with the appointment of Co-Chair Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, and Sawsan Chebli

Statement from Global Citizen re: the Inflation Reduction Act

Saturday, August 13, 2022

“Congress’ passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is a huge win for our planet and the most impactful piece of climate action the U.S. has taken to date. This legislation is essential to the global effort to confront climate change. Unchecked, climate change will push up to 130 million more people into poverty over the next 10 years. But with this bill, the U.S. will get closer to reaching its climate goals of reducing emissions by 50-52 percent by 2030…

Global Citizen Announces Lineups For 2022 Global Citizen Festival In New York City & Accra, Ghana on September 24

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, Måneskin, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton and Rosalía Set To Perform At Global Citizen Festival In New York’s Central Park

Priyanka Chopra Jonas to Host Global Citizen Festival: Nyc

Usher, Sza, Stormzy, Gyakie, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Tems To Perform At Global Citizen Festival In Black Star Square In Accra, Ghana

Global Citizen Festival Calls for World Leaders To Empower Girls, Close The Climate Finance Gap, Alleviate The Global Food Crisis, And Relieve Crushing Debts Now

Tickets to the festivals are free and can be earned by downloading the Global Citizen app or visiting to take action on the campaign’s issues.

Proudly supported by Global Partners: Accenture, Cisco, Citi, Delta Air Lines, Harith General Partners, P&G, Verizon and YouTube, and NYC Campaign Partner World Wide Technology

World Leaders supporting the campaign include Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; Hakainde Hilchilema, President of Zambia; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations; Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA; Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Frank Bainimara, Prime Minister of Fiji; Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Stanley Kakubo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zambia; Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary General; Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the UN Foundation; Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Urban Policy of Belgium; Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; Peter Sands, Executive Director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and more

Broadcasting and streaming from Accra and New York City on ABC, ABC News Live, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, TimesLIVE, Twitter, YouTube and more

Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winners 2022

Thursday 4th August 2022

Kristin Kagetsu, Co-Founder and CEO of Saathi, Announced as Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

Naomi Monari, Founder and CEO of BENA Care Ltd, Recognized as Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award Winner

Oladiwura Oladepo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, of Tech4Dev, Recognized as Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award Winner

Global Citizen Release Impactful Short Film Calling for Urgent Action to End Gender-Based Violence Across Nigeria and the World

Wednesday 20th July 2022

Part of the Ongoing Roadmap to 36 Advocacy Campaign Urging all Nigerian States to Protect Women and Girls by Implementing the VAPP Act NOW

Global Citizen Festival Extends into Ghana to Celebrate 20 Years of the African Union

Sunday 22nd May 2022

Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, and Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Announce Ghana as Sister Location for 10th Anniversary Global Citizen Festival on September 24, 2022

Global Citizen Announces Inaugural Thought Leadership Summit, Global Citizen NOW

Tuesday 17th May 2022

Urgent gathering to defeat poverty and protect the planet will convene world leaders, cultural leaders and business leaders on May 22-23 in New York City, and will coincide with the 2022 Global Citizen Prize hosted by Darren Criss

The inaugural summit will feature globally-renowned leaders from both the private and public sectors including Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Chuck Robbins, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco; Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Erna Solberg, former Prime Minister of Norway; Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, P&G; Diego Scotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Verizon; Edward Skyler, Executive Vice President, Citi; Rob Light, Managing Partner and Head of Worldwide Music, Creative Arts Agency; Yvette Noel-Schure, CCO and Co-Founder, Schure Media Group and Head of Media for Parkwood Entertainment; and Tshepo Mahloele, Founder & Executive, Harith General Partners 

Appearances will be made by artists, advocates, journalists and activists including Aloe Blacc, Bill Nye, Billy Porter, Connie Britton, Gayle King, Gloria Steinem, Jamala, Jay Shetty, Lynsey Addario, Pharrell Williams, Rachel Brosnahan, Sabrina Elba, Van Jones and more

Global Citizen Announces the 2022 Winners of Global Citizen Prize and Cisco Youth Leadership Award

Wednesday 11th May 2022

Celebrating Remarkable Changemakers Taking Exceptional Actions to End Extreme Poverty NOW, While Fostering Social Change Across the Globe

Winners to be honored at Prestigious Awards Dinner in Gotham Hall on May 22, and Attend the Global Citizen NOW 2-Day Summit, in New York City, on May 22 & 23 2022

Global Citizen, in partnership with NPX, launches the Global Citizen Impact Funds, Calling on the Private Sector, Impact Investors, and Philanthropists to Make Bold Financial Commitments Toward Ending Extreme Poverty NOW

Monday 18th April 2022

Series of Transformational Outcomes Funds Designed to Accelerate Progress Toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) By Linking Funding with Measurable Results

Mobilizing Results-Based Funding to BRAC, charity: water, The Global Fund, International Rescue Committee, and One Acre Fund

Global Citizen Unveils End Extreme Poverty NOW — Our Future Can’t Wait

Tuesday 29th March 2022

With the Support of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid, President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković, Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland Simon Coveney, Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Environment of Rwanda Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley, COP26 President Alok Sharma, Director of Education Cannot Wait Yasmine Sherif, CEO of GAVI Seth Berkley, Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce John W.H. Denton, former Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, former Executive Director of UN Women Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the Government of Peru.

STAND UP FOR UKRAINE” - Global Social Media Rally Aims To Drive Billions For Refugee Relief at Pledging Summit Hosted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on April 9

Monday 28th March 2022

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Adam Durica, Aitana, Alanis Morissette, Alejandro Sanz, Alexandra Stan, Angélique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Chris Isaak, Chris Rock, Demi Lovato, Elton John and David Furnish, FINNEAS, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Gloria Steinem, Green Day, Herbert Grönemeyer, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Igo, Jon Batiste, Jonas Brothers, Juanes, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Mirai, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ryan Tedder, Sarsa, Shaquille O’Neal, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala, U2, Usher, Vito Bambino and Young Leosia will Join the Global Social Rally to Urge World Leaders to Commit to Aiding Refugees from Ukraine & Other Conflicts.

Global Citizen Promotes Liza Henshaw to President; Caralene Robinson Joins Executive Team as Chief Growth Officer; Lee Rolontz Elevated to Global Head of Broadcast & Original Content

Monday 14th February 2022

Global Citizen, the leading international advocacy organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty, has announced that industry leader Liza Henshaw has been elevated to the role of President after six years as Chief Operating Officer; Caralene Robinson has assumed a permanent position as Chief Growth Officer; and Lee Rolontz' global role will expand as she takes on the position of Global Head of Broadcast and Original Content. The announcement comes as the organization closes out an unprecedented year of global programming in support of a bold policy agenda, while addressing the most urgent global issues of the past two years.

Global Citizen and The Ekiti State Announce Climate Action Commitments to Tackle Climate Change

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Ekiti State Set To Plant 500,000 Trees By December 2022 Over 60% Will Be Rare And Indigenous Trees, Some Endangered To The Point Of Extinction 

Climate Pledge To Include Planting At Least 5 Indigenous Trees In Every Local Primary And Secondary School By December 2033