Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Femi Kuti and more sign an open letter calling on world leaders to end extreme poverty now.

Dozens of musicians, artists and entertainment professionals from around the world have signed this open letter, calling on world leaders, businesses and Global Citizens everywhere to empower women and girls, break down barriers systems that keep people poor and to take urgent climate action.

The release of the letter was accompanied by the inaugural Global Citizen NOW summit, held in New York on Sunday, as part of the annual Global Citizen campaign End Extreme Poverty NOW – Our Future Can’t Wait ».

The letter focuses on the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to eliminate the causes and consequences of extreme poverty. She calls on wealthy nations to “close the funding gap” of $3.5 trillion per year to achieve the United Nations Global Goals.

Among the artists who signed the letter are: 5 Seconds of Summer, Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara, Alok, Bill Nye, Billie Eilish, Billy Porter, Bridget Moynahan, Camilo, Cathy Freeman, Charlie Puth, Chloe x Halle, Coldplay , Connie Britton, Criolo, Cyndi Lauper, Deborra-lee Furness, DJ Cuppy, Dikembe Mutombo, DJ Cuppy, Duran Duran, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Femi Kuti, FINNEAS, Hugh Jackman, Lali, Lang Lang, Loren Gray, Made Kuti, MÅNESKIN, Muzi, Nancy Isime, Nile Rodgers, Nomzamo Mbatha, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Brosnahan, Ricky Martin, Sabrina Elba, Shawn Mendes, and Tropkillaz.

We call on leaders to act by fully committing the necessary funds to address the challenges we face,” the letter reads. “We must improve opportunities for girls around the world, address the systemic barriers that keep people in poverty and ending the climate crisis. However, if we are to succeed in solving these problems, it is imperative that we remove the obstacles that have prevented us from ending extreme poverty and commit ourselves to reaching levels of financing that will make it possible to achieve real and lasting progress, not just a temporary solution. »

The open letter was released on the first day of Global Citizen NOW, an urgent gathering to end poverty and protect the planet that brings together 200 leaders from business, advocacy, entertainment, government and philanthropy. The letter takes on particular significance in the run-up to the G7 Summit to be held in Germany at the end of June, where pressure is mounting for world leaders to commit to tackling the challenges world we face.

Never has the fight to end extreme poverty experienced such a major setback as the COVID-19 pandemic. The severe economic upheavals of the past two years have pushed more than 100 million people into extreme poverty, reversing six years of progress. An estimated 45 million people could face starvation this year if immediate interventions are not carried out.

As a result of these and other crises, the financing gap to achieve the United Nations Global Goals has reached a total of $3.5 trillion, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Closing this gap requires a combination of bilateral and multilateral foreign aid, domestic resource mobilization, business and private philanthropy.

While that may seem like a lot of money, it’s only a fraction of the $94 trillion of the global economy and only 1% of the more than $300 trillion in private wealth worldwide. Investing in the Global Goals – which include reducing poverty, ending hunger and supporting girls’ education – also generates financial returns. For example, according to the World Economic Forumevery dollar invested in girls’ rights and education generates $2.80 in local economic activity.

But more than the financial fallout, it is the daily reality that takes precedence: no one should live in extreme poverty, have difficulty in feeding themselves or be the victim of injustice in a world which has enough wealth and resources. to provide a quality standard of living for all.

The poorest people on our planet continue to suffer »indicates the letter. They do not have access to food, health care and education. They have to deal with the realities of climate change – permanent drought in some places, floods and rising sea levels in others. They are unable to feed themselves, to access basic medicines and health care, to access financing or equity, and therefore to offer their children a better future. »

Our people and our planet are currently suffering. So we must act now. No more postponing urgent action. Enough of promises and commitments. Today is the time to finance our future.

Rich countries, like those in the G7 and G20, must make an effort, says the open letter, and the campaign End Extreme Poverty NOW » comes to amplify this rallying cry.

There is still time to become aware of shared responsibility and global solidarity. The End Extreme Poverty NOW campaign is based on three main pillars: breaking down the systemic barriers that trap people in poverty, starting with ending the COVID-19 pandemic; take concrete measures in favor of the climate; and empowering young women and adolescent girls around the world. And we won’t be able to do any of this without championing advocacy – activists must be free to agitate, journalists must be free to report, and advocacy groups must be able to amplify the voices of the most vulnerable. more marginalized.

“Our people and our planet are suffering right now,” reads the open letter. “We must therefore act now. No more delaying urgent action. No more promises and commitments. The future must be fully funded today.”

You can read the letter in its entirety and take action by adding your name now.

You can join the campaign Ending Extreme Poverty NOW, Our Future Can’t Wait by becoming a Global Citizen (here or by downloading the Global Citizen app) and joining us in taking action now.
Click here to sign our open letter “ End Extreme Poverty NOW which calls on world leaders to commit to breaking down systemic barriers, taking climate action and empowering girls.

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