At 4pm, the 2017 Global Citizen Festival took place in Central Park as Hugh Jackman and his lovely wife Deborra-lee Furness hosted for the fourth year in a row. Also hosting the event were Demi Lovato, Aaron Paul, Kal Penn, Lupita Nyong’o, Priyanka Chopra, Malin Akerman, Connie Britton, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Michelle Monaghan, Dianna Agron, Joan Smalls, Bridget Moynahan and Wendy Williams.
Performing were performance by Big Sean, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, Andra Day and Pharrell Williams. The annual Global Citizen Festival coincides with the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Global Citizen Festival rewards citizen activists for their work fighting poverty, hunger and other international problems facing society. Global Citizen, an advocacy organization, encourages everyday people to become community do-gooders by offering incentives, such as tickets to sporting events and concerts. After completing an “action,” the volunteers earn points, which can then be used for rewards. To attend the festival, attendees had to fulfilling three titled “Action Journeys.” Global Citizens around the world are demanding that world leaders fulfill their obligation to take a stand around issues such as education, food security, healthcare, gender equality, sanitation and end extreme poverty by 2030.
Whoopi Goldberg gave an impassioned speech About HIV and AIDS. (See Video).
Stevie Wonder made news by getting down on both knees saying “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America, but not just one, knee. I’m taking both knees. Both knees, and prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world.”