Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert starring Stevie Wonder Jennifer Lopez BTS and Elton John and dozens of other stars, raised more than $ 1.1 billion in pledges and pledges over the week. -end to fight against extreme poverty.
Broadcasting from sites on six continents, including Central Park in New York and in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Global Citizen has also secured commitments from France for 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for developing countries and commitments companies to plant 157 million trees around the world.
Vaccine pledges, which also came from the governments of Croatia and Ireland, followed numerous calls, including from Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on stage in Central Park on Saturday afternoon.
“This year the world is expected to produce enough doses to meet the goal of vaccinating 70% of people in each country,” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex said, to cheers from the Central Park crowd. “But it is not true that such a large part of the vaccine supply has so far only gone to 10 rich countries, and not everyone.”
The U.S. government has pledged $ 295 million for global humanitarian needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Major philanthropic commitments came from the Lego Foundation, which pledged $ 150 million to support UNICEF and other partners working with children, and Rotary International, which pledged $ 98 million in grants in 2022.
The event featured numerous musical collaborations, including Billie Eilish and Finneas joining Coldplay in New York and Charlie Puth joining Elton John in Paris, but joint efforts took place offstage as well. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and a private foundation have teamed up to launch a $ 50 million fund to support the United Nations Population Fund. CIFF has also pledged $ 50 million to UNICEF to fund child nutrition projects.
Namati, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have collectively committed $ 20 million in seed funding to launch the Legal Empowerment Fund, which they hope will help raise $ 100 million over 10 years to support the movement for justice.
Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, told The Associated Press the 24-hour event was necessary because COVID-19 erased decades of gains, pushing an additional 150 million people into extreme poverty this year and 41 millions of people in Africa facing famine. Evans says climate change is another global problem that threatens to push more people into extreme poverty.
During Global Citizen Live, more than a dozen companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks, Delta Air Lines, American Express and Citi, joined the Race to Zero campaign, which aims to reduce net emissions from carbon in the world by 2050.
“Future generations will hold us accountable,” said Alok Sharma, president-designate of COP26, the United Nations climate change conference in November.
“Call on the richest countries to keep their pledge of money, to help developing countries cope with the impacts of climate change. And call on world leaders to get a result in Glasgow that we can all be proud of. “
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