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Third Annual GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL to be headlined by JAY Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto

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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:02 pm

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Third Annual GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL to be headlined by JAY Z, No

Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto

NEW YORK, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Citizen movement

continues its campaign to achieve a world without extreme poverty by

2030 with the third annual Global Citizen Festival, a free ticketed

concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The 2014 Global Citizen

Festival will be headlined by JAY Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun.,

The Roots and Tiesto, on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

MSNBC and NBC News will serve as official media partners for this

year's Festival. For the first time ever, the Festival will air live

on television with MSNBC carrying the full concert on cable and

msnbc.com. In addition, NBC News will produce a one-hour primetime

special of the event to air on NBC at 9 p.m. on September 27.  MSNBC

and NBC News will also highlight the issues surrounding global poverty

in the coming months.

Starting today, free tickets to the Festival are available by

participating in online actions at

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earn their admission. By signing petitions, emailing world leaders and

sharing content with their social networks, fans become active

participants in campaigning for positive change as they earn points

that can be used to enter the prize draw to win free tickets. Ticket

draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified via

Ticketmaster when they have been selected. A limited number of VIP

tickets will also be available for purchase through Ticketmaster. For

the third year in a row, Citi is proud partner of the Global Citizen

Festival and Citi credit card members will have exclusive access to

VIP offers at the early bird pricing.

The Festival coincides with the UN General Assembly and will serve as

a high-profile platform to call for tangible commitments from world

leaders in the areas of vaccines, education and sanitation. Major

campaigns tied to this year's Festival include: securing contributions

for the GAVI Alliance and the Global Partnership for Education, and

building momentum by citizens for the Water for the World Act, a

Congressional bill that will support efforts to benefit the 1.25

billion women and girls that currently go without safe access to

sanitation.

This year's Festival will also focus on ensuring that all the world's

children and young people can survive and thrive. It will support a

UNFPA-led global campaign to ensure the rights of adolescents and

youth, especially girls, are firmly included in the Post-2015

Development Agenda. Global Citizens will be calling on all governments

to prioritize investments for young people across crucial areas of

education, reproductive health and safety from violence.

The Festival is only possible due to the incredible support from Mayor

Bill de Blasio and his administration, which is creating new

educational opportunities this fall for thousands of New York City's

children with the introduction of universal pre-kindergarten and

expanded after-school programs across the five boroughs

"In the last 15 years, the world has seen the most successful

anti-poverty push in history," said Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global

Poverty Project. "Thanks to the political leadership, global

investment and significant policy changes generated over the last

several years, ending extreme poverty by 2030 is within our reach, but

we need to continue to change the systems that contribute to the

social injustice of extreme poverty. To do so, we must engage Global

Citizens to create a groundswell of support our world leaders cannot

ignore."

Shawn "JAY Z" Carter stated, "Change only takes place when and where

there is action.  I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because

I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting

involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by

2030 is possible."

No Doubt issued a statement saying, "Our earliest musical influences

were artists from around the world who made us aware of issues beyond

our own backyards. We hope to continue that tradition of raising

awareness by joining an incredible group of performers on stage at the

Global Citizen Festival to shine a light on the unacceptable fact that

over 1.2 billion people on our planet still live in extreme poverty."

"I believe we all have the ability to make our world a better place.

Positive change is possible when we work together, and this Festival

is a hopeful opportunity for all of us to help see an end to extreme

poverty," said Carrie Underwood.

On their participation in the Festival, fun. stated, "We believe that

everyone should have equal rights. We look forward to performing with

these incredible artists as we rally our fans to join us in helping to

make the world a better, more equal place."

In a statement from The Roots, the group said, "Every day we hear

stories of people who are looking for a helping hand. We look forward

to joining the thousands of global citizens on the Great Lawn who

recognize we live in an interdependent world where our actions can

positively affect the lives of others across the globe."

World renowned EDM headliner Tiesto stated, "I am very excited to

perform at this year's Global Citizen Festival and continue my support

for protecting the world's children. I'm asking my fans to join me and

call on our world leaders to bring about real change that will help

our children live healthy, strong lives."

One of the first "actions" fans can complete is the signing of a

petition calling on world leaders to contribute $7.5 billion to

the GAVI Alliance, which provides lifesaving vaccines to children in

poor countries. This funding would enable the GAVI Alliance to help

immunize 300 million children by 2020, which will help save the lives

of 5 million to 6 million children worldwide.

"The GAVI Alliance is striving to see every child, everywhere is

immunized with life-saving vaccines," said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of

the GAVI Alliance. "With funding, we can massively increase the impact

of immunization in the poorest countries by 2020. By signing this

important petition and becoming a Global Citizen, you will ensure that

children get the vaccines they need to be healthy, go to school and

help pull their communities out of poverty."

This year's Festival will build on previous Global Citizen Festivals,

which in 2013, included performances by Stevie Wonder, John Mayer,

Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Elvis Costello, and in 2012, was

headlined by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys,

Band of Horses, K'NAAN and John Legend, and will aim to generate more

than two million actions in support of the world's poor. Since

the Festival's inception in 2012, actions taken by concertgoers have

resulted in $1.3 billion dollars in new funding and 35 commitments

from world leaders that directly benefit the world's poor.

The proud partners of the 2014 Global Citizen Festival are Caterpillar

Inc., Citi, World Childhood Foundation, The Riot House, Noise 4 Good,

EKOCYCLE and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. The Festival has

also partnered with leading non-profit groups, including: UNFPA, the

Global Partnership for Education, GAVI Alliance, The Malala Fund,

WaterAid America, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council,

WASH Advocates, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and more.

"The Global Citizen Festival brings together a stellar lineup to

support an immensely important cause, at an iconic venue in Central

Park," said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing at

Citi. "We are honored to sponsor again for the third year, to be the

presenting partner of the VIP tent and offer our cardmembers VIP

access to what will certainly be an impactful and memorable event."

People everywhere are invited to sign-up, take actions, and enter the

prize draws for free tickets. In total, 48,000 free tickets to the

Festival will be given out to Global Citizens. For more information

about the artists, schedules, and event, please visit

www.globalcitizenfestival.com.

SOURCE Global Poverty Project

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/CONTACT: Blaec Kalweit, kalweit@sunshinesachs.com, (212) 691-2800 and Haley Dorgan, dorgan@sunshiensachs.com, (212) 691-2800

/Web Site: http://www.globalcitizen.com

CO: Global Poverty Project

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