Star-studded line-up assembled for “biggest live cause event in history”

Global Citizen has launched a 24-hour live broadcast with events and performances across six continents to unite the world to defend the planet and defeat poverty.

Featuring live events in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, Global Citizen Live will take place on Saturday 25 September 2021, and will air on ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube, Twitter and more. 

The blockbuster line-up includes the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Keith Urban, Lizzo, Lorde, Metallica, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and more.

The once-in-a-generation, 24-hour global broadcast will include simultaneous live music events featuring some of the world’s greatest artists, activists, and leaders across six continents at iconic locations.

Cities include Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Paris, London, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Sydney, with more locations and ticketing info to be announced in August.

The event is part of an ongoing effort to defend the planet and defeat poverty, and is set to be the “biggest live cause event in history”.

Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen said, “COVID-19 has drastically reversed the progress toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, pushing upwards of 160 million people back into extreme poverty.

“There are now more than 40 million people on the brink of famine. Progress on climate change has halted, as the majority of the Fortune 500 fail to set science-based carbon reduction targets.

“We must rectify the damage done and hold world leaders and businesses accountable for ensuring that the entire world recovers from this pandemic together.

“‘Equitable recovery’ is not an act of charity – it is the only way we can ensure a fighting chance at achieving a sustainable world free from extreme poverty.”

Ahead of October’s G20 Summit, and COP26, the Global Citizen Live campaign will call on world leaders, major corporations and foundations to defend the planet and defeat poverty through a number of ways.

These include donating at least one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to those most in need by September, contributing at least $6 billion to famine relief efforts, contributing $400 million towards education, getting the world’s largest companies to join the Race to Zero this year, contribute to saving and restoring billions of trees, commit to becoming carbon neutral and developing verified science-based targets to reach net-zero emissions, in line with The Paris Agreement, and mobilizing $250 million to support COVID-19 response efforts.