Paul Simon, Tom Morello, Jon Batiste, Regina Spektor, and More Take the Stage at Global Citizen: The World on Stage
On Thursday, September 22, renowned artists, world leaders and influencers joined together at Global Citizen: The World on Stage to make major policy commitments to support refugees, recognize the Yazidi genocide, eradicate polio, remove barriers to girls' education, and provide clean water for all ahead of the 2016 Global Citizen Festival.
Paul Simon presented 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. Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, and son, Dhani Harrison, accepted the award on
Curated by Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage) and Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), the evening of advocacy and impact included a surprise performance of "Here Comes the Sun" from Paul Simon, in addition to performances by Tom Morello, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Kesha, Regina Spektor, Warren Haynes, Aloe Blacc & Maya Jupiter, and the Kenyan Boys Choir. Speakers included Cecily Strong, Forest Whitaker, Darren Criss, Taryn Manning, Pete Wentz, and more.
Global Citizen: The World on Stage highlighted the impact achieved by millions of Global Citizens campaigning over 2016, and provided an additional, global platform for world leaders to make major policy commitments toward ending extreme poverty. Commitments included:
· Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo committed to support bringing the case of the Yazidi genocide to the International Criminal Court, to hold those who commit genocide responsible for their horrific actions.
· Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop pledged to join the United Kingdom and Global Citizen and sign the international statement of action for marginalized girls, as well as donate $10 million to remove barriers to girls' education and ensure girls are able to stay
in school through their secondary years and in times of crisis.