2015 Global Citizen Festival

  • MSNBC hosts Janet Mock, Willie Geist, and Alex Wagner at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. 
  • Global citizens cheer as Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd alongside his wife Jill Biden.
  • Global citizens cheer. 
  • Beyoncé gives soulful rendition at 2015 Global Citizens Festival.
  • Malala Yousafzai spoke passionately of the importance of equal access to education. 
  • First lady Michelle Obama promoting her #62MillionGirls campaign, aimed at increasing access to education for girls. 
  • Global citizens at the festival.
  • Hosts Kerry Washington (L), Olivia Wilde, Soledad O’brien, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and Deborra-Lee Furness give social updates in the #GlobalCitizen digital action hub. 
  • Global citizens highlight their global goals. 
  • High-spirited, award-winning African song writers and producers perform collaboration song ‘Tell Everybody’ inspired by United Nations (UN) global goals for sustainable development. 
  • African artists perform their collaborative song ‘Tell Everybody.’
  • Actress Connie Britton (L) and television host and science educator Bill Nye. 
  • Global citizens gather for the festival.
  • MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and Bill Nye aka “The Science Guy” discuss how the world can tackle climate change. 
  • Coldplay lead, Chris Martin, and Ariana Grande treated concertgoers to a surprise duet. 
  • Chris Martin gives passionate performance. 
  • Festival hosts Hugh Jackman and Stephen Colbert open the show. 
  • Funnyman Stephen Colbert addresses the crowd. 
  • Concertgoers cheer. 
  • Tori Kelly performs onstage. 
  • MSNBC hosts Willie Geist, and Alex Wagner.
  • Tori Kelly serenades the crowd. 
  • MSNBC hosts Janet Mock, Willie Geist, and Alex Wagner. 
  • A global citizen showcases her global goal. 
  • MSNBC host Willie Geist. 
  • A global citizen shares her global goals. 
  • Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans and Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri 
  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim shares the stage with Big Bird. 
  • MSNBC host Tamron Hall
  • Sunidhi Chauhan brought a high-energy Bollywood-style medley. 
  • Rapper Common
  • Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans



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.

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