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Metallica, Mariah Carey Headline Global Citizen NYC Concert

Metallica, Mariah Carey and The Jonas Brothers will headline a free live performance in New York’s Central Park subsequent month marking the tenth anniversary of the International Citizen Pageant organized by the worldwide nonprofit combating excessive poverty.

The Sept. 24 occasion may also function a live performance throughout the globe in Accra, Ghana, with Usher, SZA and H.E.R.

However the day will probably be much less a celebration and extra of a name to motion to right away deal with quite a few worldwide crises, International Citizen CEO Hugh Evans stated.

“We are literally at one crucial inflection level the place COVID has pushed practically 100 million individuals into excessive poverty and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made the state of affairs a lot worse,” he stated. “As many as 323 million individuals at the moment are dealing with acute starvation. And if we don’t take pressing motion now, as many as 200 million extra individuals are prone to be plunged into excessive poverty by November, bringing the whole variety of individuals residing in excessive poverty to over a billion individuals once more.”

Worldwide organizations depend individuals residing on the equal of $1.90 a day as residing in excessive poverty.

“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who will host the Central Park occasion, stated International Citizen has at all times inspired individuals to make use of their voices to persuade world leaders and decision-makers to take motion towards starvation and poverty. Nonetheless, the necessity to deal with these points is now much more urgent.

“If we’re going to do one thing about that, then we’d like pressing mobilization,” Chopra Jonas advised The Related Press. “So simply seeing all of those individuals from completely different stretches of society, completely different professions — common people coming collectively, motivated to really make change now in an pressing method — is simply so inspiring.”

As with all International Citizen occasions, tickets to the live shows are free. Nonetheless, to get the tickets, individuals should be a part of International Citizen and take motion on a sequence of the marketing campaign’s points.

Pop star Charlie Puth, Latin sensation Rosalia, nation star Mickey Guyton and Italian rockers Maneskin are additionally on the Central Park invoice, whereas rapper Stormzy, Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems and Ghanian stars Gyakie, Sarkodie and Stonebwoy may also carry out in Accra. Each live shows will probably be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC Information Stay, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Twitter, YouTube, and different shops. ABC will broadcast a primetime particular, “International Citizen Pageant: Take Motion NOW,” from the reveals on Sept. 25.

International Citizen says it hopes to make use of the platform supplied by the live shows to encourage followers to ask for particular modifications from authorities, enterprise and philanthropy leaders. Evans needs to persuade Scandinavian international locations, in addition to Eire, Portugal, and others, to switch their Particular Drawing Rights within the Worldwide Financial Fund, which offer entry to about $100 billion in inexpensive financing, to low-income international locations, particularly in Africa, to decrease their debt repayments.

Along with asking the US to donate extra towards combating local weather change, he additionally needs about $500 million in donations and grants for farmers in Africa to allow them to develop extra crops, reasonably than relying on wheat and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia, which have each in brief provide as a result of struggle.

“We additionally want to deal with the truth that supporting girls and ladies world wide and their abilities are the closest we now have to a silver bullet for the eradication of poverty,” Evans stated. “We’re calling on the wealthiest nations to supply $600 million {dollars} in crucial investments into training, sexual and reproductive well being and financial empowerment for them.”

International Citizen’s components for utilizing social media and its followers’ curiosity to persuade companies and foundations to donate has labored. Since its first International Citizen Pageant in 2012, the advocacy group estimates that it has helped direct $41.4 billion to its causes and improved the lives of greater than 1.15 billion individuals.

“These are pressing points,” Evans stated. “That’s why our campaigns deal with ending excessive poverty now — not subsequent 12 months, not the 12 months after, however proper now. Now we have to deal with the problems that matter most, whether or not it’s gender equality, local weather change, or the structural points that maintain individuals poor.”


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