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2014 Global Citizen Festival
Hugh Jackman and No Doubt pose onstage with Hugh Evans (CEO of Global Poverty Project), Jim Yong Kim (President of the World Bank) and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival)
Hugh Jackman and No Doubt pose onstage with Hugh Evans (CEO of Global Poverty Project), Jim Yong Kim (President of the World Bank) and UN Secretary General,
Ban Ki-Moon at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival)





Following campaigning by Global Citizens, 18 announcements made by world leaders 
on key issues of sanitation, child health and education, 
on the journey to ending extreme poverty by 2030.

United States, President Barack Obama
•    Quote: “Whether you’re here in Central Park or watching from somewhere else, you are now part of the global fight to end extreme poverty. And this is a fight we can win.”
United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
•    Quote: “The United Nations has heard your voices tonight. Loud and clear. You are the generation that can end extreme poverty by 2030. I commit to challenge world leaders to develop the most ambitious set of sustainable development goals.” 

World Bank, President Jim Kim 

•    Committed to putting $65 billion dollars a year towards the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.


India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
•    Commitment: To put a toilet in every household and school by 2019 (announced August 2014).
•    Quote: “Some believe that the world changes with the wisdom of the old. I think that the idealism, innovation, energy and ‘can do’ attitude of the youth is even more powerful. That is my hope for India too, 800 million youth joining hands to transform our nation. To put the light of hope in every eye, and the joy of belief in every heart. Lift people out of poverty, put clean water and sanitation within the reach of all, make healthcare available to all. A roof over every head. I know it is possible.”

Nepal, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala 

•    Commitment: Pledged to end Nepal’s practice of open defecation by 2017. 
•    Quote: “The Government of Nepal has made a commitment to invest $160 million US dollars. We hope that the UN and the international community will join hands in the efforts of Nepal in achieving our national target.”

Madagascar, Prime Minister Dr. Roger Kolo
•    Commitment: Pledged to end open defecation by 2018.
•    Quote: “The people of Madagascar are going to make our country even more beautiful and prosperous through a national commitment to end open defecation by 2018. Ending open defecation in Madagascar will positively affect the lives of 23 million people helping to ensure that they are healthy, better educated and more protected. The government of Madagascar has made a commitment of $40 million US dollars. Let your government leaders know that ending open defecation matters to you.”

World Bank Group, Senior Director, Water Global Practice, Junaid Ahmad
•    Commitment: Announced a major financing commitment worth $15 billion to support sanitation and behavioral change around toilet use and water supply, affecting the lives of up to 150 million people.
•    Quote:  “It is with pride today that I announce that the World Bank Group commits to spend $15 billion over the next five years to provide safe sanitation and water solutions. And in partnership with the United Nations and organizations like BRAC, WaterAid, and One Drop, reach close to 150 million poor people.”

Sesame Workshop, announced by Sheryl WuDunn
•    Commitment: Sesame Workshop will reach 40 million children in Nigeria, India and Bangladesh with sanitation and hygiene education messages. 
•    Quote: “With the help of their newest Muppet Raya, the folks at Sesame Workshop will be educating more than 40 million children in Nigeria, India and Bangladesh on the importance of sanitation and hygiene practices through their wash up! Initiative.”

H&M Conscious Foundation, Global Manager, Helena Thybell
•    Commitment: $9.3 million donation to WaterAid.
•    Quote: “The H&M Conscious Foundation is donating $9.3 million to WaterAid to transform lives by delivering water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. 250,000 students will directly benefit through this three year program.”

Unilever, CEO Paul Polman
•    Commitment: Help over 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. 
•    Quote: “Today I’m delighted to announce that we are stepping up our efforts on sanitation. We have committed to help over 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020.” 

Procter & Gamble, Group President, Global Baby, Feminine & Family Care, Martin Riant
•    Commitment: To reach more than 40,000 school children and teachers in 60 schools in Nigeria and Malawi through a multi-partner commitment.
•    Quote: "The need is urgent which is why we are expanding our partnership with H2O for Life and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, WASRAG. Together we expect to bring clean water, sanitation services and hygiene education to more than 40,000 school children in 60 schools in Nigeria and Malawi."

Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce
•    Commitment: To advance the passage of the Water for the World Act.
•    Quote: “Over the past year, I have been working closely with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to craft a bill that will better guide U.S. investments in water, sanitation, and hygiene, or “WASH”, so that they are effective, sustainable and, ultimately, save as many lives as possible. The Water for the World Act is a step toward achieving this goal. And I am confident that it has a path forward in Congress.” 

Norway, Prime Minister Erna Solberg 
•    Commitment: Announced an increased commitment to Gavi, the vaccine alliance of over $1 billion over the next 5 years.
•    Quote: “Gavi’s strategic plan is to save at least 5 million lives in the period 2016 to 2020. Norway have committed USD $215 million for next year - and we will do more. I am proud to announce that we will continue to give at least this much annually over the following years - provided other countries and donors also significantly increase their support for Gavi.”

Luxembourg, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel 

•    Commitment: Announced an additional investment to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
•    Quote: “We will provide an additional contribution of 500,000 Euros for 2014. I want to take the opportunity here today to confirm that my Government remains committed to its ODA, representing 1% of the GNI also in the post-2015 era. They are essential pillars in our fight against global poverty and in achieving the world we want after 2015. Only together can we end extreme poverty.”

Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
•    Commitment: Reaffirmed contribution towards Gavi, the vaccine alliance, by African countries (first made in May 2014).
•    Quote: “I and other African leaders have pledged $700 million US dollars Afor the next 5 years. Together we Global Citizens and Gavi will save 5 million additional lives world-wide.”

Rwanda, President Paul Kagame
•    Quote: “In Rwanda, more than one million people have lifted themselves out of poverty… This is not an accident. Rwanda has chosen to invest in people, and built accountable delivery systems to do so… Global partnerships are also essential. The work of Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, should continue, and even expand. Let’s keep working together, in solidarity, to change the world.”

Education activist, Malala Yousafzai 
•    Quote: “Your voices have been heard, but we need to come together one more time. I'm carrying the voices of Global Citizens with me to call on Canada to act now and make a bold and increased commitment to the Global Partnership for Education.”

Demark, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
•    Commitment: Additional $9 million to the Global Partnership for Education, providing 75,000 more children access to education.
•    Quote: "In Denmark we have decided to increase our annual contribution to the Global Partnership for Education from $50 to 70 million US dollars as of next year. Today I am happy to launch an additional pledge of a $9 million US dollar donation this year." 

Denmark, Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen 
•    Commitment: US $11 million commitment to UNICEF Pakistan.
•    Quote: "I am happy to share that through UNICEF, Denmark will this year provide $11 million US dollars to help get these children living in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan - the area where Malala grew up - especially the girls to school."

UNFPA, Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin
•    Quote: “Today’s young people are a powerful force - all 1.8 billion of them. Right now their needs and rights are not being prioritized. We have a short timeframe until the new global framework for development is finalized. This means there is an urgency to ensure that the crucial needs of young people, like access to contraception, education and protection from violence, become reality.”

Denmark, Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen 
•    Commitment: US $15 million commitment to the Amplify Change Fund.
•    Quote: "This Year, Denmark will contribute $14 million US dollars to the fund. Next year we plan to allocate an additional $15 million US dollars to the fund and at the same time raise our contribution to UNFPA, bringing it to almost $44 million US dollars!" 

Proud partners of the 2014 Global Citizen Festival include: Caterpillar Inc., Citi, H&M, World Childhood Foundation, The Riot House, Noise4Good, EKOCYCLE, BidKind, Universal Music Group, iHeartRadio, and The Paramount Hotel. 

The Festival has also partnered with leading non-profit groups, including: UNFPA, the Global Partnership for Education, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, The Malala Fund, WaterAid, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WASH Advocates, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Sesame Workshop and more. 

MSNBC and NBC News are the official media partners for this year’s Festival; Vevo is the Festival's live-stream distribution partner.



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