Global Citizen: RECOVERY PLAN FOR THE WORLD

A campaign to end COVID-19 and kickstart a global recovery.

IN 2021, WE AIM TO:
  • Help end COVID-19

  • Curb the hunger crisis

  • Resume learning everywhere

  • Protect the planet

  • Advance equity for all


Join Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Femi Kuti, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Idris & Sabrina Elba, Jonas Brothers, Lang Lang, Lars Ulrich, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rachel Brosnahan, SuperM, Usher and Yemi Alade and more to support the Recovery Plan for the World.

Explore the five pillars of the
Recovery Plan for the World.

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Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, will host a series of pledging moments and
global events to unite Global Citizens, world leaders, artists, philanthropists and CEOs to achieve the campaign’s goals.

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We will convene top artists, world leaders, and more to call for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and to build trust in the vaccine. A global broadcast event to inspire people everywhere to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to them. In partnership with the European Commission, the World Health Organization, and Italy as the presidency of the G20.

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A multi-hour global event on Sept. 25 featuring a blockbuster lineup of artists, with performances from all over the world, including: Lagos, New York City, Paris, Seoul and Sydney. In partnership with Teneo, Global Citizen Live is supported by Live Nation, SM Entertainment Group, the Sydney Opera House, Access Bank and more.

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Global Citizen at the G20 Summit, a global moment jointly hosted by the Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission. Global Citizen at the G20 Summit will engage world leaders, organizations and advocates in a discussion about progress made toward the Recovery Plan for the World with an emphasis on climate change ahead of COP26. The Summit will occur in Rome, Italy, on October 30 and 31, 2021. Additional details will be released in the coming months. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Global Citizen: Recovery Plan for the World?

Global Citizen: Recovery Plan for the World is a campaign to end COVID-19 and kickstart a global recovery. 

Our five-point policy plan and year-long campaign and series of events that centers on ending COVID-19 for all; ending the hunger crisis; resuming learning everywhere; protecting the planet; and advancing equity for all.

If we can get vaccines to everyone who needs them, get children back in classrooms, get food back on the table for everyone, recommit to protecting our planet, and make serious progress on achieving better equity, we will be in a much stronger place to achieve the Global Goals by 2030. Without it, we will fail.

What is Global Citizen trying to achieve with the Recovery Plan for the World?

End COVID-19 for All: Global Citizen is calling on all wealthy countries to donate excess doses to other countries in need to ensure vaccines are made globally available to everyone, everywhere before vaccine resistant strains begin to emerge and gather pace.

End the Hunger Crisis: Global Citizen is advocating for increases in long-term investments to ensure food systems remain resilient and production is not disrupted during the recovery process.

Resume Learning Everywhere: Global Citizen is calling on governments, businesses, and philanthropists to increase investment in global education, and ensure resources and action to prioritize the world’s most vulnerable learners, including children that are living through conflict and crisis, girls, and young learners who lack internet access. 

Protect the Planet: Global Citizen is advocating for additional climate finance, supporting low carbon economies and development, and promoting carbon neutrality, in line with preventing global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels. Effort will focus on supporting underserved communities and people living in extreme poverty.

Advance Equity for All: Global Citizen is calling on the private sector to lean in through transformative commitments to people-centered justice, gender equality, racial equity, inclusion of persons with disabilities, and support for human rights and justice defenders worldwide.

Global Citizen's white paper, "Five Critical Steps to Recover From COVID-19 Better, Together" takes a deep dive into the issues we need to work together to solve. Download it here.

Who is supporting this campaign?

As of Feb. 23, 2021, the following have lent their support for the campaign:

Artists:
Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Femi Kuti, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Idris & Sabrina Elba, Jonas Brothers, Lang Lang, Lars Ulrich, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rachel Brosnahan, SuperM, Usher and Yemi Alade. Global Citizen Ambassadors Jill and Olivia Vedder are also supporting.  

Global Leaders
With the support of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and World Leaders Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica; Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador; Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy;  Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway;  Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal; Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia; Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic; Robert Abela, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta; Micheál Martin, Taoiseach of Ireland; Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium; well as H.E. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations;  Pedro Brolo Vila, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala; Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; and the Government of Paraguay.

Campaign Partners
In partnership with Declan Kelly and Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, a coalition of many of the world's leading companies, including: Citi, Cisco, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Google, Live Nation, P&G and Verizon will work together to engage the private sector to help achieve the Recovery Plan for the World's policy priorities. Co-chairs Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G; Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation; and Jane Fraser, incoming CEO of Citi will lead their respective sectors to step up in-kind and value chain support, and investment for the campaign. Lorraine Twohill, CMO of Google and Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW International will also be supporting leaders of this campaign.

Will there be any events as part of this campaign?

There are three key events being planned as part of this campaign:

May Broadcast Special, a global broadcast event in partnership with the European Commission, the World Health Organization, Italy as the presidency of the G20, and supported by the State of California, and iHeartMedia. This global broadcast special to overcome vaccine hesitancy and rally governments to equitably distribute covid-19 vaccines to end the pandemic. We will call on nations with excess doses to donate them to places that need them. It will air in May 2021. The line-up and additional details will be announced in the coming weeks

Global Citizen LIVE, a multi-hour global broadcast event featuring a blockbuster lineup of artists, with performances from all over the world. Global Citizen LIVE will take place on September 25, 2021. More details including the lineup will be announced in the coming months. 

Global Citizen at the G20 Summit, a global moment jointly hosted by the Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission. Global Citizen at the G20 Summit will engage world leaders, organizations and advocates in a discussion about progress made toward the Recovery Plan for the World with an emphasis on climate change ahead of COP26. The Summit will occur in Rome, Italy, on October 30 and 31, 2021. Additional details will be released in the coming months.

How are you keeping people safe from COVID at in-person events?

Ending the COVID-19 pandemic is at the forefront of the Recover Better Together campaign, recognizing that no one is safe until we all are. As vaccines are rolled out across 2021, we expect that in-person events with COVID-safe precautions will become possible in many places. Global Citizen is working closely with local leaders, health authorities including the WHO, event production and broadcast partners to ensure that in-person components to the campaign are COVID-safe for crew and attendees.

What is Global Citizen's carbon offset commitment for the Recovery Plan for the World campaign and how much as Global Citizen offset to date?

Global Citizen has partnered with South Pole, the leading corporate climate action advisor, to reduce and offset carbon emissions.

Global Citizen will offset our operational footprint for the last two years to receive a 2020 and 2021 climate neutrality label. In addition, Global Citizen will offset Global Citizen LIVE, a multi-hour global broadcast event featuring a blockbuster lineup of artists, with performances from all over the world on Sept 25, 2021. 

South Pole will independently certify emissions, and together with Global Citizen will identify impactful projects in areas such as forestry and sustainable agriculture to invest in.

To date, Global Citizen has offset the 2019 Global Citizen Festival and the 2020 One World: Together at Home broadcast. 

The offsets Global Citizen has purchased have benefitted the Envira Amazonia Tropical Forest Conservation in Brazil. The Envira project in Brazil’s Amazon basin protects tropical forest from logging and encroaching cattle ranches. This simultaneously preserves the areas rich biodiversity and mitigates the release of carbon emissions. The project also fosters economic opportunities for local communities through sustainable farming and the sale of acai berries and medicinal plants, promotes environmental stewardship, and provides health services and educational courses

Why does Global Citizen think it can be successful with this campaign?

In 2020, Global Citizen rallied to help deliver critical financial commitments to fight COVID-19 and led advocacy efforts, which resulted in nearly USD $1.1 billion being disbursed to support the pandemic response. Global Citizen’s efforts centered on  the equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines for everyone everywhere, and the organization’s advocacy also addressed the effect of the pandemic more broadly. Acting as a continuation of the impact achieved through Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home and Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaigns, Global Citizen’s efforts in 2021 will focus on the final push to end the pandemic and get the world back on the path to achieve the United Nations Global Goals.