2016 GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL:
COLLECTIVE ACTIONS OF GLOBAL CITIZENS LED WORLD LEADERS TO REINFORCE COMMITMENT TO ENDING EXTREME POVERTY.
The Festival featured performances by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Approximately 60,000 Global Citizens attended and millions watched live through broadcast partners MSNBC and YouTube.
Ahead of the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, Global Citizens around the world took more than 1.3 million actions over two months that:
Global Citizens will continue to use these commitments to hold governments and businesses accountable to deliver on their promises in the years to come.
TOP CAMPAIGN VICTORIES
● POLIO: The world is 99.9 percent of the way to eradicating polio, with only 26 cases reported in 2016. To end the disease forever, the world needs to mobilize at least an additional $1.5 billion. Global Citizens took 134,470 actions on this issue in the run up to the Festival, securing commitments from Luxembourg and Malta, and launching a call to action for the United Kingdom and Canada to increase their commitments.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded via special video message with Usher. Global Citizens will continue to call on him to match his words with real dollar figures:
“Lately my office has been flooded with phone calls and tweets from many of you. Thanks Rihanna! I’ve heard your voices loud and clear on a whole range of issues – from supporting the eradication of polio, to ensuring every girl everywhere has the chance to go to school. Canada has long supported efforts to fight polio, which is now 99.9 percent eliminated. And we will be a strong partner through to the end. Thank you for keeping these issues on our global agenda. Keep calling, keep tweeting, keep lighting up our switchboards. We’re listening, and we’re taking action. You’ve shown to the world that change starts with you. Together, we will end it for good.” — Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
● EDUCATION: The 2016 Global Citizen Festival saw world leaders outline ambitious plans for all children to receive a quality education, particularly girls and children in emergencies . After Global Citizens took 356,054 actions, The Global Partnership for Education launched a campaign to grow their investment in quality education to a $2 billion per year replenishment effort by 2020. To kickstart this renewed focus on education, the 2016 Global Citizen Festival saw 15 commitments and announcements valued at $105 million, that will reach 271,000 people.
In five short years, the Global Citizen Festival has grown into the largest, most visible moment of a yearlong movement of engaged Global Citizens working to influence world leaders and decision makers to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to help solve the world’s biggest challenges.
Additionally, the Festival and its actionbased model was taken to Canada for the first time on Saturday, September 16 and the Global Citizen Festival India will be held on Saturday, November 19 in Mumbai, India.
Proud core partners of the 2016 Global Citizen Festival include: presenting partner GUCCI and CHIME FOR CHANGE, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal, Live Nation, Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Google’s Made with Code, YouTube, Citi, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, Alex and Ani, and NYC Parks. Associate partners this year include Kirkland & Ellis, Doppler Labs and Riot House.
About Global Citizen:
Global Citizen is a social action platform for the global generation who are passionate about learning and taking action on the world’s biggest issues. Global Citizen works in partnership with and supports some of the most effective organizations working to achieve the Global Goals and end extreme poverty. Committed to providing the most interesting stories, effective actions and powerful campaigns, Global Citizen aims to reach and recruit the largest possible number of people who care about global issues.
For more information about how to join the movement, please visit www.globalcitizen.org and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen.