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Johannesburg, August 11, 2022 – Worldwide advocacy group World Citizen in the present day introduced the lineups for the tenth anniversary World Citizen Pageant, happening in New York Metropolis’s Central Park, offered by Citi and Cisco, and Black Star Sq. in Accra, Ghana, offered by Harith Basic Companions, on Saturday, September 24, 2022

Because it started lighting up Central Park’s Nice Garden in 2012, the World Citizen Pageant has turn out to be 
the world’s longest-running world marketing campaign calling for an finish to excessive poverty that unites hundreds of thousands of voices, amplified by the world’s largest artists, demanding world leaders take motion NOW. 

Globally, the disproportionate influence of the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed practically 100 million extra folks into excessive poverty and is reversing latest tendencies of shrinking inequality, resulting in the lack of no less than three years of progress. With out pressing motion NOW this backsliding will solely worsen. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has aggravated the scenario additional, with as many as 323 million folks now dealing with acute starvation, and 1.2 billion folks now stay in nations experiencing an ideal storm of meals, vitality, and monetary crises. If we don’t take motion NOW, as many as 200 million extra folks could also be plunged into excessive poverty by November.

The 2022 World Citizen Pageant will name on world leaders on the United Nations Basic Meeting and forward of the G20 and COP27 in November to step up and make investments $600 million into the way forward for ladies and ladies, shut the annual $10 billion local weather financing shortfall, ship $500 million to assist African farmers reply to the world meals disaster, and supply pressing aid from crushing money owed to Finish Excessive Poverty NOW

With two levels in worldwide cultural capitals, New York Metropolis and Accra, Ghana, the 2022World Citizen Pageant can be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC Information Reside, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, TimesLIVE, Twitter, YouTube, and extra. ABC Information Reside’s broadcast will air on Saturday, September 24, and a primetime particular, World Citizen Pageant: Take Motion NOW, will air on ABC on Sunday, September 25 at 7:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm CT. Further tune in particulars to observe within the coming weeks. 

Marking the sixty fifth anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the twentieth anniversary of the African Union, Accra’s iconic Black Star Sq. will see stay performances from Usher, SZA, Stomzy, Gyakie, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and TEMS with extra to be introduced. 

Performers on the Central Park stage will embrace Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, Maneskin, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton and Rosalia with extra to be introduced. World Citizen Pageant: NYC can be hosted by actor, producer, writer, and World Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas

“A long time of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and quickly deteriorating crises – local weather, starvation, well being, battle and battle. Essentially the most marginalized populations are paying the worth of the stagnant inaction of our leaders, and now hundreds of thousands of lives, and the way forward for our planet, are at stake. We refuse to simply stand by and watch! We refuse to just accept the hunger of multitudes when options are readily at hand. We demand a safe future for ladies in every single place. We demand governments maintain their guarantees on local weather funding. We demand aid from money owed unjustly crushing economies. And we demand motion NOW, whereas there’s nonetheless time to vary our collective trajectory.” – Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO, World Citizen 

World Citizen is asking for world leaders, main firms and philanthropic foundations to take to the World Citizen Pageant levels and announce new commitments to Finish Excessive Poverty NOW, together with: 

Deploy Financing NOW and instantly meet the full aim of reallocating $100 billion in IMF Particular Drawing Rights (SDRs), by making up the $40B shortfall. 

SDRs are a sort of reserve asset principally sitting unused by the world’s wealthiest nations. These rights can instantly present new and inexpensive financing aid for nations at excessive danger of economic and debt misery.  

There are 69 eligible low-income nations who stand to profit from the reallocation of SDRs, lots of that are in Africa. Throughout the pandemic, many of those governments spent extra on debt repayments than on training, well being and social safety advantages mixed. This funding is required NOW to make sure governments have what they should spend money on strengthening well being methods and pandemic preparedness, and the diet, welfare, and training of their residents. Denmark, Norway, Eire, Belgium, Sweden, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, Korea, and Sweden can switch their Particular Drawing Rights to the growing nations that desperately want them proper now.

Take Local weather Motion NOW and fulfill the $100 billion per 12 months guarantees made within the Paris Settlement.

Africa accounts for simply 3-4 p.c of world emissions, but finds itself on the frontlines of the results of local weather change. Excessive temperatures and droughts, resembling these in Somalia, threaten to make a mockery of our makes an attempt to finish excessive poverty and defend the planet. African nations and companies stand able to spend money on inexperienced jobs and infrastructure, however they want real partnership to ship.

Having not contributed to the issue, it’s unjust to anticipate that Africa shifts to renewable and clear vitality with out assist from the wealthiest nations, who’ve certainly industrialized utilizing fossil fuels over the previous 150 years. Wealthy nations like Germany, Italy, the US, Canada and Australia should fulfill the promise that was meant to be delivered by 2020 and shut the annual $10 billion shortfall.

Empower Women NOW and supply important investments into ladies’ training, sexual and reproductive well being and financial empowerment.

Within the final two years, greater than 47 million ladies and ladies have been pushed again into excessive poverty, and the pandemic has compelled hundreds of thousands of women out of the classroom and into unpaid care work.

The US, UK, the European Fee, France, Germany and Italy can change this by pledging $600 million in monetary assist in the direction of UNFPA, Schooling Can not Wait and the Youngster Care Incentive Fund, launched this 12 months by the White Home. This may assist new insurance policies addressing the enlargement of paid parental go away, together with compulsory paternity go away, entry to contraception and training.

Mitigate a World Meals System Meltdown NOW by offering $500 million for Africa’s farmers to profit from the present planting season and fund the native manufacturing of fertilizers, instruments, and tools they should produce extra meals.

Africa is at present experiencing horrific meals shortages because of Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine. But the continent has sufficient arable land to feed the world, not to mention its personal residents.

Germany, the UK, the European Fee, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Belgium must band collectively and supply funding to businesses just like the Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Improvement (IFAD), the World Agriculture and Meals Safety Program and CGIAR to urgently equip farmers with the assets they want. Failure to take action NOW will make the current starvation disaster far worse over the approaching 12 months, as meals provides diminish and costs soar even increased.

All through the marketing campaign, World Citizen will proceed to defend and promote advocacy, guaranteeing marginalized voices are heard and leaders are held accountable to ship on their guarantees. World Citizen will elevate residents’ voices, particularly from the World South; defend the fitting of anybody to talk freely, dissent, and set up with out concern of reprisals or violence; and name on firms to chorus from utilizing litigation to silence activists on the frontline. With out such efforts to champion the causes of these in peril, the achievement of our marketing campaign objectives will proceed to be deprioritized by these in energy.

The 2022 World Citizen Pageant marketing campaign is supported by governments and world leaders together with: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Fee, Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; Hakainde Hichilema, President of Zambia, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary Basic of the United Nations; Natalia Kanem, Govt Director of UNFPA; Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Frank Bainimara, Prime Minister of Fiji; Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-Basic of the World Well being Group; Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary Basic; Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the UN Basis; Stanley Kakubo, Minister of International Affairs, Zambia; Meryame Kitir, Minister of Improvement Cooperation and City Coverage, Belgium; Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Secretary of International Affairs of Mexico; Anne Tvinnereim, Minister for Worldwide Improvement, Norway; Authorities of Luxembourg; Authorities of Peru; Peter Sands, Govt Director of The World Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Yasmine Sherif, Govt Director, Schooling Can not Wait; Erna Solberg, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN; Ertharin Cousin, Founder, Managing Director and CEO, Meals Programs for the Future.  

“Ghana is honoured to host this 12 months’s version of the World Citizen Pageant. I stay up for welcoming every and everybody of you to Accra, capital of the nation on the centre of the world. Collectively, allow us to be a part of arms and assist speed up progress in the direction of the belief of the SDGs. We owe it to the following era to stay in a world free from poverty, illness and the degradation of the surroundings.” – H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana

“Whereas communities face injustices, crises and inequalities within the world, we merely can not surrender the combat and solidarity to finish poverty. We’d like all voices in calling for a greater future for everybody, in every single place. Now’s the time for bold motion. Collectively, with World Citizen, we will maintain the promise of the Sustainable Improvement Targets.” — Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary Basic

“This 12 months we now have strongly felt the impacts of local weather change throughout worldwide conflicts, world well being, and financial disaster, elevating the extent of inequality increased than earlier than. Nonetheless, collectively our mission is feasible. It’s extra essential than ever that the world comes collectively to demand motion from world leaders with a unified voice, NOW. World Residents should champion political and monetary options, like local weather and agricultural adaptation, that heart probably the most weak members of our world neighborhood and plant the seeds for dignified and affluent futures.” – Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-Basic of the United Nations & Ban Ki-moon Heart for World Residents Co-chair

“Everywhere in the world we’re seeing the ravaging results of the local weather disaster, and the disastrous outcomes of political inaction – of not listening to or empowering the victims of poverty and disenfranchisement, of not permitting nations to work in collaboration to guard the world public good. NOW is the time for peculiar folks to take motion and combat, and for world leaders to pay attention and act, as a result of their lives and livelihoods are at stake.” — Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados  

“An pressing, collective, and concerted effort is required to make progress towards ending excessive poverty. I’m inspired by the decision to motion issued by World Citizen and I name upon leaders from across the world so as to add their voices, as we can not afford to take a seat again and watch the established order proceed. It’s time to break down the systemic limitations which have stored folks in poverty and certainly, time to behave to guard future generations from local weather change.” — Hakainde Hichilema, President of Zambia

​​“The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that each one nations should have equitable entry to the instruments and applied sciences wanted to organize for, stop, detect and reply quickly to outbreaks and different well being emergencies. This is the reason the World Well being Group introduced private and non-private companions collectively to launch the progressive mRNA Expertise Switch Hub based mostly in South Africa, with greater than a dozen low- and middle-income nations becoming a member of to date. I welcome World Citizen’s assist for this significant initiative to diversify and develop manufacturing of life-saving vaccines, in order that the world is healthier ready to stop and reply extra equitably to infectious illnesses and the following pandemic menace.” – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-Basic, World Well being Group

The 2022 World Citizen Pageant and the Finish Excessive Poverty NOW marketing campaign are supported by a coalition of the world’s main manufacturers and corporations together with World Companions Accenture, Cisco, Citi, Delta Air Traces, Harith Basic Companions, P&G, Verizon and YouTube. ​​World Citizen Pageant: NYC Marketing campaign Companion, Worldwide Expertise, has deepened their dedication to sustainability by signing the UN’s Race to Zero in step with the Science Primarily based Targets initiative, answering World Citizen’s name on firms to make science-based targets.

As Patron of World Citizen’s work in Africa, Tshepo Mahloele, Founder & Govt, of Harith Basic Companions, helps World Citizen’s progress throughout Africa to achieve extra audiences and assist obtain fairness in locations with excessive charges of utmost poverty. World Citizen Pageant: NYC can also be honored to have the assist of Mayor Adams, a hundred and tenth Mayor of New York Metropolis. 

World Citizen Pageant has gratefully acquired in-kind assist from main media corporations, together with: AIM GROUP, Bandsintown, BellaNaija, Billboard, Boo! Media, Branded Cities, Captivate, Clear Channel Outside, DDP Outside, World OOH, GSTV, The Hollywood Reporter, iHeartRadio, Intersection, Interstate Outside, JC Decaux, MX, New Custom, OAAA, Orange Barrel Media, Penske Media, Rolling Stone, Seen Media, Six Flags Theme Parks, Spotify, Selection, VIBE, Volta, The Wall Avenue Journal and YFM.

Tickets to the festivals are free and could be earned by downloading the World Citizen app or visiting to take motion on the marketing campaign’s points. For every motion taken, customers earn factors that may be redeemed for tickets to the festivals. 

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