2015 Global Citizen Festival
Ten of thousands gathered for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on September 26 to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Concert headliners Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Coldplay energized the crowd as world leaders like Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and teen activist Malala Yousafzai, and other activists answered the call to end poverty. Activists and global citizens were asked to take action in support the global goals, including but not limited to hunger, polio and advancing educational resources for girls worldwide.
The festival was hosted by Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, and concertgoers were in for a surprise with performances by Ariana Grande, Tori Kelley and rapper Common.
The Global Poverty Project said that 90 million people have been lifted out of poverty since the 2014 concert, which is measured as living on less than $1.25 USD a day.