2015 Global Citizen Festival

2015-Global-Citizen-Festival

The 2015 Global Citizen Festival lit up New York City’s Central Park Saturday. The festival aims to raise awareness about issues such as inequality, climate change and poverty and was timed to coincide with the announcement of the United Nations’ new Global Goals which seek to put an end to these problems by 2030.  
 
Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Great Lawn for the fourth year of the festival with a star-studded lineup of musicians, world leaders and global citizens.
 
Tickets to the event -- 48,000 in total -- will be given at no cost to those who take action by visiting GlobalCitizen.org and participating in a broad range of campaign efforts to help the poor, including raising awareness through social media, signing petitions and contacting world leaders to push for change.
 
Among the speakers at the event were U2’s Bono, actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Katie Holmes, Hugh Jackman and Salma Hayek, comedian Stephen Colbert, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, US first lady Michelle Obama and vice president Joe Biden, and Swedish prime minister Stefan Lfven.
 
US First lady Michelle Obama introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai earned loud applause for her striking speech and Beyonce was energetic during her live performance at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.