Newswatch: International advocacy organisation Global Citizen officially announced today that Beyoncé and Jay-Z will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The event in South Africa is the culmination of Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela - a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in what would have been his centenary year.
The event will be hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker. Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid will also perform at the event.
Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting 21 August and can sign up today at www.globalcitizen.org.za. By signing up, participants are demanding world leaders make major investments to end extreme poverty and take a stand for women and girls.
The “Mandela 100” campaign seeks to mobilise $1bn in new commitments for the world’s poorest, with $500m set to impact the lives of 20-million women and girls worldwide. These investments will be aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV/AIDS transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, levelling the law by reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide.
A number of world leaders will address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, and Alexander De Croo, deputy prime minister of Belgium.
Starting today, music fans and activists can sign up at www.globalcitizen.org.za to be among the first to be notified of the action journey launch. Actions include emailing world leaders, signing petitions, and using social media to generate commitments in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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