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Global Citizen planning Live Aid type concert for 2020

Queen Live Aid
Queen at Live Aid

Global Citizen already puts on various festivals around the world that raise money to help end poverty and usually have pretty huge lineups, and now CNN reports that they’re planning to present a massive Live Aid-style concert called “Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream” on September 26, 2020. CNN says it “will be a 10-hour performance, spanning five continents in an effort to raise funds to support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.” Here’s more:

Global Citizen and Teneo are reviving the idea of a transcontinental event at a time of historic global unrest and division. It’s also a time when American companies and their CEOs are speaking up on issues ranging from gun violence to economic inequality and being called upon by their customers and employees to effect change.

“The campaign is being launched now because the next 18 months will shape the future of humanity — it’s the last chance to course correct to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change and reduce inequality in time to reach the 2030 Global Goals deadline agreed to by all world leaders in 2015,” according an announcement for the event.

[…] “Live Aid took place in 1985, well before the advent of social and digital media. The platforms that exist today can enable us to reach every corner of the planet,” [Global Citizen CEO Hugh] Evans said in a statement. “Our goal is to use this digital technology to inspire and motivate citizens across the globe to take action to achieve the UN Global Goals.”

Live Aid also re-entered a lot of people’s minds after Queen’s set was impressively replicated for Bohemian Rhapsody. (Queen, with Adam Lambert on vocals, are playing Global Citizen Festival in Central Park this year.) Hopefully the money goes to the right place this time.

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