Global Citizen: The World on Stage has announced its lineup for an evening of advocacy and impact that will take place on Thursday, September 24th at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The event will bring together renowned artists, world leaders, and influencers together as they address the world’s greatest challenges and make major policy commitments towards ending extreme poverty.
Tom Morello (PROPHETS OF RAGE) and Jon Batiste (THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT) will curate musical performances including Stay Human, Regina Spektor, Pete Wentz, Moxie Raia, and the Kenyan Boys Choir with appearances from Forest Whitaker, Cecily Strong, and others.
Dignitaries in attendance are expected to include Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Nigerian Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed, and Yazidi human rights campaigner Nadia Murad.
Paul Simon will present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late George Harrison posthumously in honor of his decades of tireless advocacy on behalf of the world’s poor. This award is to be given annually to an artist who has demonstrated excellence in music and global activism. Harrison’s widow and son Olivia and Dhani Harrison will accept the award on George’s behalf.
Olivia Harrison said of the award, “When George rallied the music community to respond to a humanitarian crisis, he set an example that artists of all forms of expression have followed to this day. By using his individual talent in an attempt to help others, his legacy mirrors the goals and mission of the Global Citizen movement. We are extremely proud to receive this inaugural award in George’s memory.”
Global Citizen: The World on Stage will highlight the impact achieved by millions of global citizens campaigning for world leaders to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to issues of girls’ and women’s equality, education, health, water and sanitation, environment, finance and innovation, and food and hunger. Preceding the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, this event will provide an additional, global platform for world leaders, international organizations, and private companies to announce vital commitments set to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.
Tom Morello said, “It’s an honor to be of the historic World on Stage event. Music has been, and will continue to be, an important component of the struggle for a more peaceful, just and humane planet.”
Forest Whitaker said, “Global Citizen is powered by the idea that every woman and man can play a part in reducing poverty and making life better for our fellow citizens around the world. We can all make a difference, and I’m honored to join forces with this incredible organization to help catalyze action for widespread social change.”
Global Citizen: The World on Stage is presented thanks to generous support from The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch and the 2016 Global Citizen Festival Partners including presenting partner GUCCI and CHIME FOR CHANGE; premier media partners MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal; major partners Live Nation, Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Goggle’s Made with Code, YouTube, Citi, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, Alex and Ani, and NYC Parks; and associate partners Kirkland & Ellis, Doppler Labs and Riot House.
Global Citizen is a social action platform for the global generation that is passionate about learning and taking action on the world’s biggest issues. Global Citizen works in partnership with and supports some of the best organizations working to achieve the Global Goals and extreme poverty. Committed to providing the most interesting stories, effective actions, and powerful campaigns, Global Citizen aims to reach and recruit the largest possible number of people who care about global issues.
About the NYU Skirball Center:
The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is New York University’s premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan. The programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU’s mission as an international center of scholarship defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center’s mission is to inspire new audiences for the future of live performance and promote the discovery of performing arts’ transformative potential.