Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, took part in a 24-hour “once in a generation” event to raise awareness about climate change, vaccine equality and famine, which included performances by musical artists from several cities around the world.
- The 24-hour event featured performances by musicians including BTS, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Elton John and Stevie Wonder
- Live and pre-recorded performances were broadcast from Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Tuscany, Seoul and Sydney
- Global Citizen wants 1 billion trees planted, 2 billion vaccines delivered to the poorest countries and meals for people on the brink of famine
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have advocated for access to the COVID-19 vaccine to be treated “as a basic human right” as the event was broadcast live from Central Park in New York City.
“How you were born shouldn’t dictate your ability to survive,” Prince Harry said to the cheers of the crowd of thousands.
The NGO Global Citizen wants 1 billion trees planted, 2 billion vaccines delivered to the poorest countries and meals for 41 million people on the brink of famine.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed the performances of singer Alessia Cara and pop veteran Cyndi Lauper with a rendition of Her Daughters Just Want to Have Fun dedicated to Afghan women.
Funding announcements have poured in between the series.
USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced in a recorded message that the United States “will contribute more than US $ 295 million ($ 406 million) to countries around the world to fight famine and hunger.” extreme, tackle gender-based violence and respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of COVID. The -19 pandemic is following in its wake. “
The Global Solidarity Fund announced US $ 28 million for food, vaccines and skills training throughout 2022 before Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello took the stage with Shawn Mendes, followed later by Burna Boy. .
Billie Eilish and Jennifer Lopez, among others, have also performed in Central Park.
“No one should be left behind”
The social media broadcast began with a pre-recorded performance by BTS pop superstars in Seoul before the show kicked off in Paris with Elton John.
John performed hits such as Tiny Dancer and Your Song in front of the Eiffel Tower in a dazzling green costume.
“No one should be left behind,” said the 74-year-old pop legend, who appeared despite a hip injury that forced him to cancel the remainder of his tour this year.
Ed Sheeran was the headliner in Paris alongside Black Eyed Peas and Stormzy, while Stevie Wonder was headliner in Los Angeles.
“There has never been more need for advocacy than now,” said Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, host of the live broadcast from Paris.
Lobby governments for sustainability and equality
Tens of thousands of tickets won tickets to the concerts (which required proof of vaccination or negative tests) by signing up to the Global Citizen app and sharing its posts on social media.
Pre-recorded performances have also been delivered by Delta Goodrem in Sydney, Green Day in Los Angeles, superstar DJ Alok in Rio, Kylie Minogue in London and Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany.
This week’s comeback concert from hip hop legends The Fugees in New York City – their first in 15 years – was also presented as part of the event.
Global Citizen has been behind other large-scale charity events, including Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World earlier this year in Los Angeles.
It brought together musicians, actors, celebrities, world leaders and even the Pope, in a united call for global vaccination to fight COVID-19.
The organization describes itself as a movement with a mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Its app uses incentives such as concert tickets to encourage users to lobby governments on issues of sustainability and equality.
The Saturday and Sunday event also brought pledges from international companies such as Lego, Cisco and Verizon.
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, gave his support to the campaign, calling for equality of vaccines.
“We are now facing a two-way pandemic of haves and have-nots,” he said ahead of the event.
“We cannot ignore this blatant injustice or become complacent.”