World’s Largest Music Concert Planned To Boost Covid Recovery
A 24-hour concert spanning six continents with some of the show’s greatest artists will take place in September.
The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, BTS, Coldplay, Billie Eilish and Usher are among the artists who will perform on September 25 at concerts in Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, London, Seoul, Los Angeles and Sydney.
From Sydney, Global Citizen Live will run for 24 hours while being shown to audiences around the world on multiple channels and streaming sites.
But like previous concerts organized by Global Citizen, a campaign group, the purpose of the event is not to make money, but to convince the rich and powerful to do more to end poverty and reverse climate change after the setback of Covid-19.
“Covid-19 has radically reversed progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, pushing more than 160 million people into extreme poverty. There are now over 40 million people on the brink of famine, ”said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen.
He wants to see governments, businesses and philanthropists do more. Artists at the event will pressure them to donate $ 6 billion to famine relief efforts, $ 400 million to education savings and mobilization of 250 million dollars to support Covid-19 response efforts. Then there are the billions of trees that must be protected and restored as well as the billion Covid-19 vaccines to be given to the poorest by September.
It’s a tall order, but the timing of the event has been arranged for maximum pressure. The G20 group of countries are due to meet in October and COP26 on climate change is scheduled for November.
Hosting part of the event in Nigeria is particularly poignant. Less than 3% of Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and the World Health Organization (WHO) fears a third wave could wreak havoc. “The worst is yet to come as the third rapid wave continues to gain speed and new ground,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa earlier this month.
“Global Citizen Live brings us back to earth by reminding the global community that charity must begin at home and that we must preserve our land and be the stewards of our brothers and sisters,” said Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria .
Global Citizen is in the form to get things done. The It’s One World: Together At Home concert both lifted spirits and encouraged people to stay in their homes during the worst months of the pandemic in April 2020. In June of last year, his Unite for Our Future concert held raised $ 8 billion for the causes of Covid.
In May this year, the organization hosted another event with Prince Harry and Meghan to encourage vaccine makers to donate more doses to the world’s poorest countries. The event mobilized more than 26 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine and $ 302 million for the ACT-Accelerator for equitable access to health in the most needy countries.
Tickets announced next month
The September event will be the first full-fledged concert since the coronavirus pandemic. This is actually a postponed and updated version of an event scheduled for September 2020 that was canceled due to Covid-19.
Organizers are optimistic to move forward this year. Details on how people can attend in person are expected to be announced next month.
Covid-19 restrictions are still widespread in most of the countries where events are scheduled, with little indication of what will happen by September.