International advocacy organization Global Citizen has launched the year-long campaign Recovery Plan for the World in an effort to end COVID-19 for all and kickstart a global recovery. Committed to continuing its pandemic response following last year’s impact achieved through Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home and Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaigns, the organization has partnered with longtime affiliates and leaders in music and entertainment to advocate commitments from governments, philanthropists and the private sector to help end the pandemic, end the hunger crisis, resume learning everywhere, protect the planet and advance equity for all. K-pop supergroup SuperM, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Femi Kuti, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Idris & Sabrina Elba, Jonas Brothers, Lang Lang, Lars Ulrich, Miley Cyrus, Rachel Brosnahan, Usher, Yemi Alade, and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas are among the stars who joined the cause.
Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, will bring the campaign to life with a series of pledging moments and global events to unite world leaders, artists, philanthropists and CEOs to achieve the campaign’s goals. Global Citizen will host a multi-hour global event Global Citizen LIVE on September 25, which will feature a blockbuster lineup of artists and worldwide performances from Lagos, New York City, Paris, Seoul and Sydney. Global Citizen LIVE is supported by Live Nation, SM Entertainment Group, the Sydney Opera House, Access Bank and more. More details including the lineup will be announced in the coming months.
“I am incredibly proud of Global Citizen’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but massive inequalities remain and we urgently need to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are made available equitably,” said Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen. “Our ‘Recovery Plan for the World’ sets a clear agenda that will inspire millions of citizens to advocate for five of the most critical health, social and economic challenges that currently face humanity, as a result of the pandemic. A virus anywhere remains a virus everywhere, and our goal is to unite world leaders, artists and entertainers, philanthropists and CEOs to end COVID-19 for all and kickstart a global recovery.”
Last year, the Global Citizen’s advocacy efforts resulted in nearly USD $1.1 billion in critical financial commitments to fight COVID-19 and provide equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines for everyone everywhere. Continuing the effort and as part of the series of events slated for this year, Global Citizen in collaboration with the European Commission, the World Health Organization, Italy as the presidency of the G20, the State of California and iHeartMedia will host a global broadcast special in May to overcome vaccine hesitancy and rally governments to impartially distribute COVID-19 vaccines. The Global Citizen at the G20 Summit, a global moment jointly hosted by the Italian G20 Presidency and the European Commission is set to occur in October 30 and 31 in Rome, Italy to engage world leaders, organizations and advocates in a discussion about progress made toward the Recovery Plan for the World with an emphasis on climate change ahead of COP26.
“While COVID-19 has touched every individual on the planet, the pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable—especially those living in extreme poverty—has been devastating, leaving people worse off than they were, even just a year ago. More than 1.5 billion children have had their education disrupted and millions of families are facing starvation. But the action we take together can make a difference,” said Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Global Citizen Ambassador. “By using our voices to call on world leaders, corporations and philanthropists to step up and take urgent action, and by supporting the ‘Recovery Plan for the World’, we can impact millions of lives for the better now, not later. Global Citizen’s plan provides a clear path forward to ensure that we get children back in classrooms, food back on the table for families, and get vaccines, tests and treatments to everyone, everywhere.”
“Global Citizen has been a leading force in bringing together civil society and the private sector. We need citizens of the world to mobilise again. We need out of the box thinking and using all means available,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission. “This is why I’m proud to support, as President of the European Commission, the new Global Citizen campaign, called ‘Recovery Plan for the World.”
Starting today, people around the world can take action by calling on world leaders to fulfill the promises they made and help the world recover better together as we come back from the pandemic. For more information visit, globalcitizen.org/2021 and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for more updates and details on events to come.