Celebrating
the World's
Most Inspring Activists

The Oscars, the Grammys, The BAFTAs — these shows celebrate  amazing artists who contribute to our world’s rich culture of acting and creating music. But what about those people who are doing the hardest work of all? The people who spend their time and resources on helping the world’s most marginalized people so they can lift themselves from extreme poverty?

Global Citizen Prize is an awards show  that shines a light on world leaders, artists, business leaders, and youth activists who keep the world’s poor at the forefront of their life’s work. Taking place at London's Royal Albert Hall this show  will feature remarkable stories and musical performances from Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Sting, Stormzy, and special guests Chris Martin, H.E.R.

Attending Global Citizen Prize at the Royal Albert Hall? Click here to read the FAQs.


How to Watch

United States

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NBC
December 20 at 8PM ET


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MSNBC
December 22 at 10PM ET
December 31 at 11PM ET

UK

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Sky One
21 December at 7PM GMT

Africa

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M-net 101
1 January 2020 at 9PM SAST

Rest of World

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MTV World Stage
27 & 28 December
Check your local listings

The Winners

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Sting  |  Composer and Singer-Songwriter

Global Citizen Artist of the Year Prize

Prize honours a creative individual or group using their platform and their work to create change not only through conversation but meaningful impact.

As an artist whose career has spanned five decades, Sting has continuously used his profile as a 17-time Grammy-award winner to champion an issue vital to our planet’s future - saving the rainforests. Climate change and deforestation has pushed parts of the world’s rainforests dangerously close to a point of no return, but the work of organizations like the Rainforest Foundation, co-founded by Sting in 1989, is fighting back and to date has protected over 33 million acres of rainforest. The award includes a $150,000 prize which will be donated to the Rainforest Foundation.

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Hamdi Ulukaya  |  Chobani CEO

Global Citizen Business Leader Prize

The Global Citizen Business Leader Prize honouring an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact.


In his leadership role he became passionate about working conditions for his employees, and strengthening the communities where employees live and work, offering fully paid parental leave and fighting food insecurity in local schools. As a dedicated supporter of the global refugee crisis, his Tent Partnership for Refugees mobilises the private sector to improve the lives and futures of the more than 25 million men, women and children forcibly displaced from their home countries. And at Chobani, a significant population of its manufacturing workforce are refugees and immigrants.

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Richard Curtis  |  Filmmaker and Global Goals Ambassador

Global Citizen of the Year Prize

Global Citizen of the year  honours an individual who has demonstrated exceptional and sustained impact towards the goal of ending extreme poverty.

As one of the world’s most beloved filmmakers, Curtis has tirelessly championed for a fair and equitable world through his organizations Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Red Nose Day, and now Project Everyone, which is working to accelerate progress towards a just world by 2030. For more than three decades, Curtis has engaged millions across the globe in the fight against child poverty, raising over $1 billion that has helped projects in the US, UK and across the world.

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Amina J. Mohammed  | Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Global Citizen World Leader Prize

Global Citizen World Leader Prize, which honours an individual in the political or advocacy space who has advocated for and implemented policy changes that have actionably improved the lives of those suffering the effects of poverty.

Having previously served three Nigerian presidents, in which she presided over a 5% national reduction in HIV infections and a 32% reduction in maternal mortality, she is a devoted champion of the Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

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To be announced on stage 12/13

Global Citizen Youth Leadership Prize

The winner of the fifth category, the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, will be announced on stage at the December 13 ceremony. The finalists for the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award include Luisa Bonin of São Paulo, Brazil; Nashin Mahtani of Jakarta, Indonesia; Alain Nteff of Yaoundé, Cameroon; Priya Prakash of Gurugram, India; and Haroon Yasin of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT THE EVENT

I’ve won! What do I do now? 

Congratulations! You’ve officially won two tickets to the Global Citizen Prize show at the Royal Albert Hall, and we can’t wait to see you there! 

First off, the email you’ve received is not your ticket. You need to follow the instructions at the bottom of the email to redeem your tickets. After redeeming your tickets, you’ll then get a confirmation email from Ticketmaster. 

All you need to do is bring the confirmation email and a photo ID with you to the Royal Albert Hall box office from 5 p.m. on Dec. 13 to collect your physical ticket. 

That confirmation email will guarantee you a ticket to the show until doors close at 7:30 p.m. No entry after 7:30 p.m. and no readmission after 7:30 p.m. either. You’ve been warned! 

What do I need to remember to bring with me to Royal Albert Hall?

Please remember to bring your Ticketmaster confirmation email with a photo ID to the Royal Albert Hall Box office on Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. onwards to collect your physical ticket. 

No tickets will be distributed in advance. 

How do I get to Royal Albert Hall? 

We recommend travelling to Global Citizen Prize by public transport. The closest tube stations are South Kensington and High Street Kensington, both of which are about a 10-15 minute walk away. 

The nearest underground station offering step-free access from street to train is Green Park — you can take the number 9 bus to the Hall from there. 

Victoria and Paddington are the nearest National Rail stations, each are about 30 minutes walk away but offer tube and bus connections. 

There are also a number of public bicycle racks towards the south side of the Royal Albert Hall — but bikes are left on the racks at your own risk. 

I have specific access needs.

For accessibility information please take a look here for the Royal Albert Hall’s information page. If you have won tickets and have specific access requirements please get in touch with us as soon as possible at contact@globalcitizen.org and we’ll make any necessary arrangements. 

What time should I get there? What time does the show end?

You can collect your tickets from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. onwards. 

Your confirmation email only guarantees you a ticket to the show until doors close at 7:30 p.m. No entry after 7:30 p.m. and no readmission after 7:30 p.m. either. 

For planning your route home, everyone will need to have left the Royal Albert Hall by 11 p.m.

Is there an age requirement? 

Yes. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the show being filmed for broadcast, you also won’t be able to bring children under the age of 4. 

If my friend’s won tickets too, how can we sit together? 

Seats will be assigned at the Royal Albert Hall Box Office. No seating will be assigned in advance. Both of the tickets you’ve won will be seated next to each other. 

If you’re coming along with friends who have also won tickets, please arrive together as close to 5 p.m. as possible and we’ll do our absolute best to seat you together — although this will be subject to availability. 

Will there be actual chairs for me to sit in at the show?

Yes, you will have actual chairs to sit in at Royal Albert Hall for the show. No seating will be assigned in advance, and the seating will be assigned at the Royal Albert Hall box office. 

Is the show being filmed? 

Yes! It’s being filmed for broadcast all around the world later in December. By attending the event you’re consenting to us including you in our recording of the programme. 

What should I wear? 

We welcome you to dress to feel your most fabulous! This is the Oscars of activism after all, and it’s the festive season so whip out those sparkles and velvet. 

I didn’t enter the contest in time, is there a way for me to buy tickets?

There are no tickets for sale for Global Citizen Prize, these can only be earned for free by voting for the Cisco Youth Leadership Award — and voting has now closed. 

If you weren’t able to enter the content in time, however, the show will also be broadcast around the world later in December. 

You can tune in to watch Global Citizen Prize wherever you are, starting with the world premiere on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Also in the US, you can catch the show on MSNBC on Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. ET and Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. ET.  

In the UK,  tune in on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. GMT on Sky One. Our good friends at MTV will be broadcasting worldwide on Dec. 27 & 28 on MTV World Stage. Check your local listings for more info. 

Global Citizens in Africa, you can catch the show on M-Net 101 on Jan. 1, 2020, at 9 p.m. SAST.

I can’t make it to the show anymore. Can I transfer my tickets to my friends or family?

If you need to change the name on your ticket, you may do so until 5 p.m. on Dec. 11 by clicking here to contact Ticketmaster.

I have more questions. 

You can get in touch by emailing contact@globalcitizen.org.

ABOUT PRIZE

What is Global Citizen? 

Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On our platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change. 

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and ending extreme poverty by 2030. 

Global Citizens have so far mobilized $48.5 billion in commitments and policy announcements from leaders that have impacted the lives of 880 million people living in extreme poverty. 

How is Global Citizen’s model different to a typical charity? 

Global Citizen promotes advocacy rather than fundraising. That’s because, while the money we give as individuals is important, in order to bring about the end of extreme poverty we also need governments and businesses to play their part — by changing rules, practices, and allocating their budgets to funding the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Rather than asking for donations, we ask Global Citizens to raise their voices through taking action with us — signing petitions, sending tweets, calling up politicians, and more. 

Together, our combined voices put pressure on governments and businesses to contribute meaningfully to the fight to end extreme poverty. 

What is the Global Citizen Prize? 

The Global Citizen Prize: Celebrating the World’s Most Inspiring Activists is an awards ceremony that shines a light on world leaders, artists, business leaders, and youth activists who keep the world’s poor at the forefront of their life’s work. 

The Prize recognizes remarkable changemakers working to take exceptional actions to end extreme poverty in their own communities, and foster social change across the globe. 

In addition to the Prizes, the evening will feature calls-to-action for Global Citizens everywhere to join our movement to end extreme poverty, as well as inspiring musical performances by seminal artists of our generation. 

Amid the holiday season, we will pause and celebrate individuals taking exceptional action to end extreme poverty and living every day as a Global Citizen. 

What are the categories? 

At the Global Citizen Prize in December, we’ll award the following: 

  • The Cisco Youth Leadership Award honors an individual aged 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully toward the goal of ending extreme poverty. The award, sponsored by Cisco, includes a $250,000 prize paid to the organization through which the individual has achieved impact. 
  • The Global Citizen Prize for Artist honors a creative individual or group who uses their platform and their work to create change not only through conversation but through meaningful impact. The award includes a $150,000 prize paid to the organization through which the individual has achieved impact. 
  • The Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader honors an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact. 
  • The Global Citizen Prize for World Leader honors an individual in the political or advocacy space who has advocated for and implemented policy changes that have actionably improved the lives of those suffering the effects of poverty. 
  • The Prize for Global Citizen of the Year honors an individual who has proven exceptional and sustained impact towards the goal of ending extreme poverty. This individual’s body of work must be extraordinary in its scope. 


What are winners judged on? 

For the Cisco Youth Leadership award, judging is based on five equally-weighted criteria:

  • Impact: Demonstrated track-record of measurable impact at scale over last three to five years advancing one or more of the Global Goals.
  • Vision: Compelling vision and concrete plans for how to extend this work in the next three to five years, including how the prize will advance efforts.
  • Catalyst: Inspires other young people to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals.
  • Global Citizenship: Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen and a Global Problem Solver.
  • Technological Innovation: Innovates with technology or Internet-based communications to improve efficiency, reach, and magnify impact.

For the Artist prize, judging is based on an artist’s commitment to four equally-weighted criteria: 

  • Impact: Demonstrated track record of advancing programs and campaigns that have a meaningful impact on achieving the Global Goals.
  • Vision: Compelling vision and long-term commitment throughout their artistic career.
  • Catalyst: Inspires others to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals. 
  • Global Citizenship: Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen.

For the Business Leader prize, judging is based on four equally-weighted criteria:

  • Impact: Demonstrated track record of using the private sector to advance the Global Goals. 
  • Vision: Demonstrated use of innovation to advance the Global Goals. Compelling plans to extend this work. 
  • Catalyst: Inspires others to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals. 
  • Global Citizenship: Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen. 

For the World Leader prize, judging is based on four equally-weighted criteria: 

  • Impact: Demonstrated track record of advancing the Global Goals. 
  • Vision: Compelling vision and concrete plans for how to extend this work.
  • Catalyst: Inspires others to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals.
  • Global Citizenship: Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen. 

For the Global Citizen of the Year prize, judging is based on the individual’s commitment to four equally-weighted criteria: 

  • Impact: Demonstrated track record of advancing programs and campaigns that have a meaningful impact on achieving the Global Goals. This impact should be exceptional and sustained.
  • Vision: Demonstrated compelling vision for achieving impact and has forged a path for others to follow. The legacy of this individual’s work must be historical in its significance. 
  • Catalyst: Inspires others across government, in the private sector, and at a grassroots level to take action and have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals. 
  • Global Citizenship: Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen.

How are the winners chosen? 

For every prize except the Cisco Youth Leadership Prize, members prize selection committee submitted up to two nominations each for individuals to be considered for the prize.

Selection committee members reviewed research briefs on the nominees and selected their first, second, and third choice for winners. Their votes were then tallied to determine our final winners. 

For the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, there was an initial round of applications, with applicants judged against the award criteria by a group of representatives from Global Citizen, Cisco, and independent experts to create a list of semi-finalists. 

The semi-finalists were then judged by a panel of representatives from Global Citizen, Cisco, esteemed social enterprises, youth leaders, UN Agencies, businesses, and other leaders in the international development field, to create a shortlist of five candidates. 

Each of the finalists will attend the award ceremony in London in December — where the final winner will be announced. 

Who are the previous Prize winners? 

The Global Citizen Prize is an evolution of the George Harrison Prize: a humanitarian honor awarded to an artist who demonstrated excellence in music and activism. The 2016 prize, in its inaugural year, was awarded to George Harrison himself, while the 2017 award was presented to Annie Lennox, both a world-renowned musician and a global humanitarian.

The Global Citizen Prize was launched in 2018 for the categories of World Leader and Youth Leadership. These were presented live on stage at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway; and Kenyan food and nutrition activist Wawira Njiru.

Njiru, winner of the 2018 Global Citizen Prize for Youth Leadership, sponsored by Cisco, recognized as a child that other children were often victims of poverty. She was inspired to create a system by which families could prepay their children’s school lunches using RFID technology so that they could eat lunch more consistently.  

Her program, Food for Education, also helps feed children who otherwise can’t afford to eat. Thanks in part to winning the Cisco Youth Leadership Award in 2018, her program now feeds more than 10,000 schoolchildren a day in Kenya. 

You can read more about Njiru and her remarkable achievements here

When and where is Global Citizen Prize being hosted? 

The ceremony is being hosted at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 13, 2019. 

Can I watch it on TV as well? 

Yes! You can tune in to watch Global Citizen Prize wherever you are, starting with the world premiere on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Also in the US, you can catch the show on MSNBC on Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. ET and Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. ET.  

In the UK,  tune in on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. GMT on Sky One. Our good friends at MTV will be broadcasting worldwide on Dec. 27 & 28 on MTV World Stage. Check your local listings for more info. 

Global Citizens in Africa, you can catch the show on M-Net 101 on Jan. 1, 2020, at 9 p.m. SAST.

Who’s going to be there?

The show will be hosted by John Legend, with performances from Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Sting, and Stomzy. Chris Martin and H.E.R. will also perform as special guests. 

How does the Global Citizen Prize continue Global Citizen’s mission? 

Global Citizen campaigns on the UN’s Global Goals, a 17-step roadmap to ending extreme poverty by 2030. 

As well as the hard work from individuals, organisations, and governments around the world that’s necessary in that mission, it’s also important that we take stock of the progress that the world has already made — and celebrate the people behind that progress as a way to inspire future action. 

Since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen from nearly 1.9 billion to about 650 million in 2018. Now, as we head into the 10-year countdown to 2030, it’s more important than ever than we celebrate the world’s progress and carry that momentum forward into the next decade. 

How does the Global Citizen Prize relate to Global Citizen’s 2020 campaign, Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream? 

The Global Citizen Prize is the first major event of Global Citizen’s 2020 campaign, Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream

Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, is conducting a year-long campaign to get the world back on track to achieve the UN’s Global Goals by 2030. 

Working alongside, and in support of, the United Nations, the Global Goal Live campaign will call on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector to step forward, take responsibility for the goals, and provide the $350 billion needed annually for people and the planet to achieve the Global Goals in the poorest countries. 

I have more questions. 

You can get in touch by emailing contact@globalcitizen.org.