They plan six simultaneous concerts on four continents, play for an audience of half a million and raise $ 350 billion for good causes. Instead, Global Citizen puts together a coronavirus concert, to be seen from your home.
“Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream”, will still take place in September and still aims to “get the world back” to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals.
However, COVID-19 is now the most important challenge facing the world and Global Citizen, which describes itself as a “citizen movement involved”, therefore has planned a new event for coronavirus conditions: One World: Together at Home.
This program, for broadcast and broadcast at 8 pm. ET on April 18, was no less ambitious. Lady Gaga will compile a list that includes Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Burna Boy, Andrea Bocelli, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Elton John and John Legend.
Together at Home will be displayed on ABC, CBS
A number of celebrities will also get attention, including David Beckham, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Shah Rukh Khan.
But instead of collecting billions, the aim of the event is to support frontline health care workers and the World Health Organization (WHO). Instead of donating money, supporters can take appointments online for stay at home.
Addressing the WHO press conference, Lady Gaga confirmed the event was not a fundraiser. “We want to raise money before it goes live so that when we air on April 18, you can save your credit card, wallet and sit and enjoy the show.”
Lady Gaga announced that $ 35 million had been collected for Global Citizen and the group said will call on governments, big business and billionaires “to move on”.
Global Citizen already launched an urgent campaign in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, calling on companies and philanthropists to invest quickly in related efforts.
Only $ 8 Billion To Go
The day after WHO and Lady Gaga were announced “Together at Home”, a a group of 165 global leaders sent a letter to the G20.
In addition to highlighting the $ 8 billion that still needs to be raised to fight the corona virus worldwide, the group, which includes former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, called for “funds to fight billions of dollars in coronaviruses.”
This will see debt payments of poor countries written off for 2020. Africa alone will pay $ 44 billion this year, according to letter. There should also be debt reduction in the future “to enable poor countries the fiscal space to overcome the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
If the G20 decides to remove this, it will be the biggest debt reduction since 2005, when another concert called for rich countries to cancel the debt owed by the poorest.
In 2005, Bob Geldof who runs Live8 successfully campaigned G8 leaders to cancel the debt held by the 18 poorest countries.
Lady Gaga isn’t there yet, but this could be the first of many “Together at Home” concerts. “We will continue fundraising,” added Gaga.
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