The news is in: Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay will all be headlining the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 26 in New York City's Central Park -- and msnbc will be there to film the festivities live. And it's not just about these epic entertainers performing: The Global Citizen Festival brings together thousands of people, diplomats, and politicians from around the world to help fight extreme poverty.
Here's a few key facts to know about the festival:
Why does it matter?
Global poverty affects billions of people. Around the world, 2.4 billion people don't have access to sanitation, 795 million are undernourished, and 3 billion live on less than $2.50 per day. Those are just a few of the facts associated with global poverty that make it a dire cause that everyone can help alleviate.
How is Global Citizen Festival helping?
Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization with the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizen Festival is one of the organization's initiatives that brings together a community of citizens and provides them with information and campaigns that help end the cycle of poverty.
What does this have to do with msnbc?
msnbc is a media partner for the second year in a row and will be broadcasting the performances live on TV and on shift.msnbc.com.
How do I get tickets?
You can enter to win free tickets once you sign up on globalcitizen.org and take the necessary actions.
To enter to win tickets for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, individuals will complete an action journey -- taking 9 relevant actions to end extreme poverty. You can sign up here.
Actions include direct calls to influential policymakers, tweeting at world leaders, and signing petitions to keep heads of state accountable for previous commitments to support girls and women and increase access to education, sanitation, clean water, and vaccines. Get involved!