Tems, others headline Global Citizen Festival in Accra, New York
Campaign calls for world leaders to empower girls, alleviate global food crisis
The international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, yesterday, announced lineup of actvities for the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival, taking place in New York City’s Central Park, and Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, on September 24.
Since it began lighting up Central Park’s Great Lawn in 2012, the Global Citizen Festival has become the world’s longest-running global campaign calling for an end to extreme poverty that unites millions of voices, amplified by the world’s biggest artists, demanding world leaders take action NOW!
The festival will call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and ahead of the G20 and COP27 in November to step up and invest $600 million into the future of women and girls, close the yearly $10 billion climate financing shortfall, deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis, and provide urgent relief from crushing debts to End Extreme Poverty NOW.
Marking the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the African Union, Accra’s iconic Black Star Square will see live performances from fast-rising Nigerian music star, TEMS, and other world-renowned artistes, like Usher, Sarkodie SZA, Stomzy, H.E.R., Gyakie and Stonebwoy.
Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Citizen said: “Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises – climate, hunger, health, war and conflict. The most marginalised populations are paying the price of the stagnant inaction of our leaders, and now millions of lives, and the future of our planet, are at stake. We refuse to just stand by and watch! We refuse to accept the starvation of multitudes when solutions are readily at hand. We demand a secure future for girls everywhere. We demand governments keep their promises on climate funding. We demand relief from debts unjustly crushing economies. And we demand action NOW, while there’s still time to change our collective trajectory.”
Throughout the campaign, Global Citizen will continue to defend and promote advocacy, ensuring marginalised voices are heard and leaders are held accountable to deliver on their promises.
Global Citizen will elevate citizens’ voices, especially from the Global South; defend the right of anyone to speak freely, dissent, and organise without fear of reprisals or violence; and call on corporations to refrain from using litigation to silence activists on the frontline.
Without such efforts to champion the causes of those in peril, the achievement of our campaign goals will continue to be deprioritised by those in power.
The campaign is supported by several governments and world leaders. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General, said: “While communities face injustices, crises and inequalities in the world, we simply cannot give up the fight and solidarity to end poverty. We need all voices in calling for a better future for everyone, everywhere. Now is the time for ambitious action. Together, with Global Citizen, we can keep the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.”