Stars lend voices to lobby for climate, vaccines – Manila bulletin

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(LR) Taehyung / V, Suga, Jin, RM, Jungkook, Jimin and JHope of South Korean group BTS speak at the SDG Moment event as part of the general debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly of United Nations at United Nations Headquarters, September 20, 2021 in New York City. (AFP)

A ‘one in a generation’ musical event took to the world on Saturday, with a host of megastars on stage in New York and beyond for Global Citizen Live – 24 hours of performances across the planet to raise awareness about climate change, vaccine equality and starvation.

Between star-studded ensembles of some of the biggest names in music – including Elton John, BTS, Coldplay, Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez and Billie Eilish – actors, politicians, business executives, royals, actors and activists have launched appeals or announced donations to tackle major global challenges.

The NGO Global Citizen wants a billion trees planted, two billion vaccines delivered to the poorest countries and meals for 41 million people on the brink of famine.

After the end of the show in Paris and his transfer to New York, British Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, took the stage to advocate for access to the Covid-19 vaccine to be treated “as a basic human right” .

“My wife and I believe that how you were born shouldn’t dictate your ability to survive,” the Duke of Sussex said to applause from the crowd of thousands in Central Park.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed pop veteran Cyndi Lauper with a performance of her “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” dedicated to Afghan women.

As night fell, the crowd swelled and attendees screamed for headliner performances, including Eilish, who toured the stage in her basic t-shirt and shorts ensemble.

Between series, funding announcements have poured in and calls to action have been hammered out, even from the International Space Station.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced in a recorded message that the United States “will contribute more than $ 295 million to countries around the world to fight famine and extreme hunger, fight gender-based violence and respond to the urgent humanitarian needs that the Covid-19 pandemic leaves behind. in its wake.

In this file photo taken on June 29, 2019, British singer-songwriter Elton John performs his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on Saturday during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux. Elton John has postponed European and US dates for his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour due to hip surgery, the singer announced on September 16, 2021. (AFP)

Global Citizen Co-Founder and CEO Hugh Evans urged the public to ‘act’ to help raise the $ 6 billion needed for the World Food Program, tackle vaccine inequalities and put pressure on leaders ahead of the Nations Conference United Nations on Climate Change COP26 in November.

“Charity alone will never be enough to end extreme poverty or tackle climate change,” he said.

“The actions of a people’s movement are necessary to drive lasting change.”

After an appearance by famous American biologist Edward O. Wilson, 92, the show moved to Los Angeles, opened by pop group 5 Seconds of Summer at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, with Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert and Stevie Wonder. . , among others, also invoiced.

Lead singer Luke Hemmings celebrated his first concert in nearly two years “and for an honorable cause”.

“It’s an amazing thing to see and be a part of.”

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.

The “Rocketman” performed hits like “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 rest of his tour dates this year.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Lang Lang perform onstage at Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Getty Images via AFP)

Ed Sheeran was the headliner in Paris alongside the Black Eyed Peas and Stormzy.

The concerts required proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative tests.

Pre-recorded performances have also been delivered by Green Day in Los Angeles, superstar DJ Alok in Rio, Kylie Minogue in London and Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany.

This week’s comeback concert of the Fugees in New York – their first in 15 years – was also presented as part of the event.

Global Citizen has been behind other large-scale charity events, including a concert earlier this year that called for global vaccinations against 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 New York event included tributes to other major benefit concerts, with Chinese pianist Lang Lang performing a medley of Queen’s famous Live Aid performance in 1985.

The weekend’s event also brought pledges from international companies such as Lego, Cisco, Verizon and Pepsico.

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.” (AFP)


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