For the past 10 years, Global Citizen has called for action to end extreme poverty. But the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with decades of neglect from our leaders, has wiped out years of progress. Nearly 100 million more people live in poverty today than before the pandemic. The war in Ukraine will only aggravate the situation further, with as many as 500 million people facing acute hunger as a result. 

End Extreme Poverty NOW. Our Future Can't Wait. 

This new, year-long campaign will call on world leaders to make the urgently needed commitments to End Extreme Poverty NOW. With major global events and urgent actions to rally millions of citizens, we will demand that leaders stop delaying action and focus on what we need to do here and now.




    • Take Action Now

Break Systemic Barriers Now

We must break down barriers that keep people in poverty – food costs; low wages; and a lack of healthcare.

Breaking Systemic Barriers Now

Together we can put an end to extreme poverty for all – take action!

Take Climate Action Now

Climate change is expected to push 132 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030.

Taking Climate Action NOW

The climate crisis is happening now – urge leaders to act!

Empower Girls Now

Studies show every $1 invested in girls yields $5 to $10 in benefits to her.

Empowering Girls NOW

There’s a new superhero in town. Tell world leaders to empower girls.

End Poverty Now 2022 Policy Framework

Download our 2022 Policy Framework to get all the details on our priorities for the year. Together, we can End Extreme Poverty NOW.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the End Extreme Poverty NOW campaign trying to achieve?

We must end extreme poverty NOW, not by 2030. We will do this by:

  • Breaking Systemic Barriers NOW: Beginning with the need to end the COVID-19 pandemic and provide urgent aid, the system must ensure health and economic justice at large, by achieving financial equity to fund essential needs and global challenges.
  • Taking Climate Action NOW: Wealthy countries must keep their promises to help those already suffering from the impacts of climate change, while governments and the private sector need to take measures to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. 
  • Empowering Girls NOW: The G7 and other countries must uplift teenage girls with investments in education, nutrition, healthcare – including sexual and reproductive health and rights – and address the global childcare crisis.

Why is it important to empower adolescent girls?

We must empower adolescent girls around the world. Girls are our largest, and most vulnerable, population and they have the most untapped potential for contributing enormously toward poverty reduction, if protected, supported, and empowered. Investments in education, food and nutrition, and access to basic healthcare and family planning are critical to break the cycle of poverty. 

Why must we break systemic barriers?

We must break the systemic barriers, beginning with the need to end the COVID-19 pandemic and provide urgent aid. The system must ensure health and economic justice at large, by achieving financial equity to fund essential needs and global challenges. While we will continue to fight for incremental, tactical funding wins, we will push both governments and the private sector harder for the step change we need for a world free of extreme poverty — specifically the structural shifts and unlocking of financing that will allow real progress. 

Why must we take climate action now?

We must make huge strides to end climate change. It is one of the biggest existential threats to all of us but especially those living in extreme poverty, already impacting those hardest who did the least to cause it. 

How can this campaign be successful?

We know that when Global Citizens come together, we can have a huge impact. In 2021, Global Citizen and our partners announced more than $1.5B in funding commitments to end poverty, 88M COVID-19 vaccine doses, and pledges to plant 157M trees during two key events, “Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,” and “Global Citizen Live.” Further we announced that all $127M of funds from “One World: Together at Home” to support COVID response have been dispersed, as well as $1.4B from “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future.”