The 2017 Global Citizen Festival Sparks Conversation For Change & Unity

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On Saturday, September 23, the 2017 Global Citizen Festival marked its sixth year on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. World and business leaders, non-profit organizations, socially conscious artists, and thousands of Global Citizens united to further the world’s progress toward achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

The Festival featured headlining performances by Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, and featuring the Chainsmokers, with special guest performances by Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, and Alessia Cara

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More than 60,000 Global Citizens attended and millions watched live through premier broadcast partner MSNBC and online via YouTube and Twitter.

The Festival acted as a culmination of Global Citizen Week, a series of more than 30 public, advocacy-driven events and digital activations that took place across New York City from September 17 through the 23 and reflected the international advocacy organization’s continued effort to engage people in the movement to end extreme poverty.

Ahead of Global Citizen Week, Global Citizens took 1.6 million actions over two months that secured 29 commitments, 55 announcements and 13 calls to action, totaling $3.2 billion, which are set to affect the lives of 221 million people.

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Together, these commitments and announcements are worth $3.2 billion, and are set to reach 221 million people, and put the world on track to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Global Citizens will continue to use these commitments to hold governments and businesses accountable to deliver on their promises in the years to come.