At Global Citizen Festival, stars and musicians unite to fight poverty

  • Surprise guest Beyonce and joins Jay Z at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Jay Z at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Jay Z at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Fans at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Gwen Stefani reunites with No Doubt  at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • No Doubt fans at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Tiesto at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Alicia Keys at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • The crowd at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Nate Ruess from the band Fun at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • The Global Citizen Festival spectators on the Great Lawn in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • The Global Citizen Festival fans in New York on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Spectators at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Carrie Underwood performs at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Fans at Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Afternoon at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Questlove at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • The Roots performs at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • In between sets at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Fans at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Afternoon on the Great Lawn at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Relaxing between sets on the Great Lawn during the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014.
  • Lines begin to form in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27, 2014 for the Global Citizen Festival.

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In Central Park on Saturday, a host of the world’s biggest stars and music acts came together to shine a light on efforts to combat poverty around the world.

This year’s headliners at the third annual Global Citizen Festival included JAY Z, Fun., Carrie Underwood, Tiesto, No Doubt and the Roots, as well as a few special guests. Twenty-five celebrity hosts, including Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and Zachary Quinto also showed their support for efforts to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030.

On the heels of this week’s United Nations General Assembly, even U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were on hand to introduce performers.

This year’s Global Citizen Festival efforts have been focused on improving access to vaccines, education, and sanitation, something that could improve 50 million lives in the next decade. Right now, some 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. 

NBC and MSNBC partnered with the Global Poverty Project and other corporate sponsors to bring the festival to the public. For the first time, MSNBC and MSNBC.com broadcast the concert live.

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