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Global Citizen Week Proves Unity is the Way to Fight Poverty: 1.6 million actions help drive $3.2B worth of commitments set to affect 221M lives

For the first time ever during 17-23 Sept, Global Citizen collaborated with partners to hold 30 events across New York City, turning the city into an arena of activism against poverty.

  • In the two months leading up to Global Citizen Week, Global Citizens took over 1.6 million actions urging leaders to tackle extreme poverty helping drive 29 commitments, 55 announcements and 13 calls to action, that totaled $3.2 billion, which are set to affect the lives of 221 million people.
  • During the course of the week, seven heads of government and more than 30 foreign ministers, ambassadors, and the heads of the world’s most influential NGOs participated in the week of advocacy.
  • 27 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle highlighted their support for fully funding American foreign aid. This bipartisan demonstration sent a strong signal to the Trump administration that Congress understands that America’s leadership is vital for America and the world.

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  1. Article: 25 Photos of the Chainsmokers, Andra Day, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, and More at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park
    Citizenship

    25 Photos of the Chainsmokers, Andra Day, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, and More at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in ...

    By Phineas Rueckert  and  Olivia Kestin|Sept. 28, 2017

    Powerful snapshots of a stunning festival. Read more

  2. Article: What Was it Like to Attend Global Citizen Festival? These Photos Say it All.
    Citizenship

    What Was it Like to Attend Global Citizen Festival? These Photos Say it All.

    By Andrew McMaster  and  Olivia Kestin|Sept. 26, 2017

    Here are the some of the best photos from Saturday's festivities. Read more

  3. Article: This Yazidi Survivor Wants ISIS to Pay for Its Crimes — and the UK Is Leading the Charge for Justice
    Girls & Women

    This Yazidi Survivor Wants ISIS to Pay for Its Crimes — and the UK Is Leading the Charge for Justice

    By Imogen Calderwood|Sept. 25, 2017|CHIME FOR CHANGE

    We’ve just taken a huge step forward. Read more

  4. Article: Global Citizen Week Overcomes Apathy and Isolationism to Take On Poverty
    ImpactCitizenship

    Global Citizen Week Overcomes Apathy and Isolationism to Take On Poverty

    By Katie Dallas|Sept. 24, 2017

    1.6M actions by Global Citizens lead to commitments worth $3.2B, set to affect the lives of 221M Read more

  5. Article: Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, & More Call for Peace and Progress at Global Citizen Festival
    Citizenship

    Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, & More Call for Peace and Progress at Global Citizen Festival

    By Colleen Curry|Sept. 24, 2017

    Nearly 60,000 Global Citizens came out to Central Park. Read more

  6. Article: Whoopi Goldberg Spoke Powerfully About HIV/AIDS at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival
    Health

    Whoopi Goldberg Spoke Powerfully About HIV/AIDS at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival

    By Phineas Rueckert|Sept. 24, 2017

    "I'm not going to take the BS anymore." Read more

  7. Article: Johnson & Johnson Announces 'Large-Scale Efficacy Testing of the HIV Vaccine in Humans' at Global Citizen Festival
    Health

    Johnson & Johnson Announces 'Large-Scale Efficacy Testing of the HIV Vaccine in Humans' at Global Citizen Festival

    By Joe McCarthy|Sept. 24, 2017|Johnson & Johnson

    “You have my promise that all of us at Johnson & Johnson will not rest until we defeat HIV.” Read more

  8. Article: Jane Goodall Calls for Climate Change Action to Save Planet at Global Citizen Festival
    Environment

    Jane Goodall Calls for Climate Change Action to Save Planet at Global Citizen Festival

    By Joe McCarthy|Sept. 23, 2017

    “How is it that the most clever species to ever walk the earth is destroying its only home?” Read more

  9. Article: Alessia Cara Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Body Image & Self Worth at Global Citizen Festival 2017
    Girls & Women

    Alessia Cara Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Body Image & Self Worth at Global Citizen Festival 2017

    By Colleen Curry|Sept. 23, 2017|CHIME FOR CHANGE

    "You are worth it. You are worthy of all the love in the world." Read more

  10. Article: French President Emmanuel Macron Just Delivered an Important Message at Global Citizen Festival
    Education

    French President Emmanuel Macron Just Delivered an Important Message at Global Citizen Festival

    By Phineas Rueckert|Sept. 23, 2017

    “Please, don’t change. Be as passionate and committed as you are. We need it.” Read more

  11. Article: Global Citizens at GC Fest Have a Lot to Say About America’s Role in the World
    Citizenship

    Global Citizens at GC Fest Have a Lot to Say About America’s Role in the World

    By Phineas Rueckert|Sept. 23, 2017

    Global Citizens turned up for the Global Citizen Festival 2017 — here's what they had to say. Read more

  12. Article: This Is What the Woman Driving the UK’s Fight for Gender Equality Has to Say on Girls’ Education
    Girls & Women

    This Is What the Woman Driving the UK’s Fight for Gender Equality Has to Say on Girls’ Education

    By Imogen Calderwood|Sept. 22, 2017|CHIME FOR CHANGE

    Her job was specifically created to get equal rights for women. And she’s on the mission. Read more

  13. Article: Demi Lovato Rocked the Cadillac House Stage With Powerful Message About the Importance of “Doing Something”
    Citizenship

    Demi Lovato Rocked the Cadillac House Stage With Powerful Message About the Importance of “Doing Something”

    By Gabriella Canal|Sept. 22, 2017

    “It’s just super important that we all make a difference on this planet.” Read more

  14. Article: For the First Time, an African Nation and G7 Country Will Team Up to Get Kids Back in School
    ImpactEducation

    For the First Time, an African Nation and G7 Country Will Team Up to Get Kids Back in School

    By Carlotta Mohamed  and  Madison McCormick |Sept. 21, 2017

    A victory for the world's kids. Read more

  15. Article: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Speaks Out About Gender Inequality: 'We Must Stand Up Together'
    Girls & Women

    Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Speaks Out About Gender Inequality: 'We Must Stand Up Together'

    By Jackie Marchildon|Sept. 20, 2017

    Canada’s own champion for gender equality spoke out about girls’ education at day 2 of #GCWeek. Read more

  16. Article: These 18 Inspirational Activists Share Their Secrets to Building Movements for Social Good
    AdvocacyGirls & Women

    These 18 Inspirational Activists Share Their Secrets to Building Movements for Social Good

    By James Hitchings-Hales  and  Jackie Marchildon|Sept. 20, 2017

    Global Citizen brought a bunch of experts to NYC — and what they said will motivate you to go big. Read more

  17. Article: Annie Lennox, Michael Moore Join Global Leaders for a Night of Art & Advocacy
    Citizenship

    Annie Lennox, Michael Moore Join Global Leaders for a Night of Art & Advocacy

    By Joe McCarthy|Sept. 19, 2017

    “Each drop of water makes a river.” Read more

  18. Article: On Sunday, Global Citizen Turned Riverside Church into a Hub for Activism
    Citizenship

    On Sunday, Global Citizen Turned Riverside Church into a Hub for Activism

    By Phineas Rueckert|Sept. 18, 2017

    Global Citizen’s “Breaking the Silence” event lived up to its name. Read more

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